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Page Too Report for 03/12/2018

Jason Derulo Releases FIFA World Cup Anthem 'Colors'

(Radio.com) Are you ready for some actual football, aka soccer? Jason Derulo is. The pop star has revealed the new song "Colors," which serves as the official anthem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

'It was a pleasure working with Coca-Cola to create the anthem for the 2018 FIFA World Cup," the singer said in a press statement. "It's a tournament that celebrates athletic excellence and I'm honored to provide the soundtrack.

"Through my years of travel, I've been able to see the beauty in our cultural differences and I wrote 'Colors' to celebrate that diversity and be a part of the amazing energy that sports fans around the world give to their teams."

Listen to colors and get ready to "represent your country, represent your flag," at the 2018 FIFA World Cup here.

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Selena Gomez Had Health Scare Following Kidney Transplant

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez's announcement that she underwent a kidney transplant surprised and concerned fans last summer. The singer's best friend and kidney donor Francia Raisa spoke to W magazine about the surgery and revealed that Selena had complications after the procedure was finished.

"Selena did have a complication, too. A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, 'I'm really scared.' My kidney was very active, and when it turned I broke an artery," Raisa said. "They had to take her into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died."

Gomez's operation was part of ongoing treatment for lupus, which compromises the immune system and vital organs. In October, she expressed her gratitude for Raisa's life-saving donation.

'My kidneys were shutting down. My mentality was to keep going," she told the Today show. '[Raisa] lived with me during this interesting time where my kidneys were just done. That was it, and I didn't want to ask a single person in my life. The thought of asking someone to do that was really difficult for me. She volunteered and did it. And let alone someone wanting to volunteer, it is incredibly difficult to find a match. The fact that she was a match, I mean that's unbelievable. That's not real."

"She went to go get tests, and she came home one day and she was serious," Raisa said of the day she decided to help her friend. 'We all have our moments, so I just let her do her thing, I didn't ask questions. She was asking me about my day and she grabbed a water bottle out of the fridge and tried to open it and couldn't. Then she threw it on the floor, and she fell to the floor and started crying. I was like, 'What is wrong with you?' She said, 'I need a new kidney. I don't know what I'm going to do, the waitlist is seven to 10 years.' And it just came out of me, and I said, 'I'll get tested.' I called her assistant behind her back to get the information, and that's how the process started." Read more here.

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Scotty McCreery Releases New Song 'This is It'

(Radio.com) Scotty McCreery, this is it. The country star has shared "This is It," the latest advance from his forthcoming full-length, Seasons Change. The warm, romantic song captures the moment a man gets down on one knee and asks the love his life for her hand in marriage.

It's a song close to the singer's heart, as it was inspired by his own proposal to fiancee, Gabi Duvall. "Me and [Duvall's] engagement song, and my brand new single 'This Is It' is available now," McCreery shared on Twitter. "Take a listen and let me know what ya think!!"

'In the last five years, I have grown from a teenager to a man, moved out on my own, lost my grandfather, proposed to the love of my life, and learned more about myself than I could have imagined," McCreery said in a press statement regarding his new album. 'This all shows up in the 11 songs on Seasons Change, and I cannot wait to share this music with my fans after such a long time between releases."

Seasons Change is set for release on March 16. Listen to "This is It" here.

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Jack Antonoff Talks Working With Harry Styles and Taylor Swift

(Radio.com) Jack Antonoff stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk about his work on the soundtrack to Love, Simon plus perform it's first single 'Alfie's Song (Not So Typical Love Song)."

The Bleachers frontman produced the movie's soundtrack and co-wrote "Alfie's Song" with Harry Styles. Antonoff chatted with the talk show host about co-writing with Styles and working with Taylor Swift on her Reputation track 'New Year's Day."

"We wrote that song [ "New Year's Day"] in a second, because we didn't plan to write it. If you plan to write like a ballad or something like that, you always get a little bit less than you hope. We wrote that in and then the scratch take in my home, and then we played it."

He went on to explain that he only writes with one other person at any given time, so as to not be embarrassed. He likened the process to getting a physical.

The producer gave Fallon some tips so he could work on his own tunes by the next time they see each other, saying, "It's the same way people sing better when they're doing an impersonation. They're not scared. So if you sing a goofy lyric, you might come up with a great melody," Antonoff said.

For the Tonight Show performance of 'Alfie's Song (Not So Typical Love Song)," Antonoff had a special guest join him on stage his father Rick. Watch the interview and performance here.

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Kelsea Ballerini Does 'Online Complaint Country Songs' Game

(Radio.com) GRAMMY-nominated country singer Kelsea Ballerini joined Good Mythical Morning hosts Rhett & Link last week (March 9) to play a game called "Online Complaint Country Songs."

The trio took turns combining various types of complaints, such as "angry Amazon review" with music to form new songs, to hilarious result. After the game, Ballerini performed her recent single 'I Hate Love Songs" with Rabbit Lightning (the hosts' fake country music group) as her backing band.

Rabbit Lightning hijacked the tune and delivered a silly second verse, but Ballerini took back the track, singing, "I'll always love you, but I really hate it when bumpkins take over my song/ I was just fine the first time so if you don't mind /You two can just sing along." Check out both clips from the popular YouTube series here.

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Riverdale Star Lili Reinhart Slams Magazine For Photoshopping Waist

(Radio.com) Actress Lili Reinhart is calling out Cosmo for apparently photoshopping an image of her. The Riverdale star posed for Cosmopolitan Philippines and was surprised when she saw the photo and says that her waist was altered to look smaller.

She shared the before and after shots of both her and her co-star Camila Mendes in her Instagram story, writing: "it's sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down."

She also posted, "Camila and I are f****** beautiful. As is. And you can't fix us." Read more here.

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Katy Perry Reveals Hidden Talent On 'American Idol'

(Radio.com) Yes, it appears that the rumors are true--Katy Perry has been holding out on us. The 33-year-old pop star and American Idol judge unveiled her hidden talent while taping the singing competition TV show.

Katy shocked her fellow judges-- not to mention the rest of America--that she's able to puff out her neck like a frog. A demonstration of her frog-tastic ability was enough to give fellow judge Lionel Richie quite the fright.

Watch the clip and see if you or anyone you know shares Katy Perry's physical prowess here.

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Pentatonix Reveal Dua Lipa And Aaliyah Mashup

(Radio.com) Dua Lipa, meet Aaliyah. Pentatonix have mashed up Lipa's 2017 smash, "New Rules," with late R&B icon Aaliyah's 1998 hit, "Are You That Somebody?"

While the songs are decades apart, the singers seamlessly blend the percolating percussion of Timbaland's production on Aaliyah's track with melodies from "New Rules" to craft their thrilling new mashup of the two tracks.

The track is the latest advance from the a capella group's forthcoming full-length, PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I, which is set for release on April 13. The album also includes Pentatonix's take on Camila Cabello's "Havana." Read more here.

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John Legend's Wife Shares Video Of Jam With His Daughter

(Radio.com) John Legend fans love "All Of Me" and "Ordinary People," but last week (March 8) the soulful crooner grooved to another hit with his daughter Luna "The Wheels On The Bus."

Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen uploaded an adorable video to Instagram of John and Luna dancing to the song, as arranged by a tiny light-up bus toy. Teigen shared the video on the heels of news that the Legend family dog Puddy had passed away: "eyes still puffy from puddy tears but they [John and Luna] keep me happy," she wrote.

Chrissy also gave some backstory about how Puddy came into their lives. "John and I got Puddy in our first year of dating, when I convinced him half-birthday presents were a real thing," Chrissy wrote. "10 years ago, on May 30th, I found the dog that would be there for us through every up, down, new house, new city, new tour, new travel. He welcomed new pups and loved on new babies and new bellies." Watch John and Luna's jam session here.

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Justin Bieber Lets Photos Do The Talking

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber didn't have anything to say to his social media fans last Thursday night (March 8), but he did share a couple of pictures via his social media account.

In both of the shared photos, the AT pop star is shown standing on a beach posing serenely, eyes closed, arms outstretched, seemingly at peace with the world.

The "Sorry" singer recently celebrated his 24th birthday on March 1 and reportedly went Go-karting with some friends. Check out Bieber's latest images here.

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Singled Out: Trubdr Adam Road's Ain't No Love

Los Angeles/Tel Aviv based musician Trubdr Adam Road just released a music video for the new single "Ain't No Love" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

"Aint No Love" really just came to me while I was in a studio recording an album that, parts of it, kinda saw the light of day for a minute, with my old outfit City of the Sun. Stuff was really bad between all the bandmates at the time, but everything was kinda crazy in a good sense. On one hand one of the bandmates was dating Lindsay Lohan, and that was not hurting our press that much... but myself and the other founder just couldn't seem to find a meeting ground, well no one had a meeting ground at that point is was absolute chaos, and the girl I was dating was just out of her mind on a level one could only be in LA.. She will proudly tell you she's the reason it's called LaLaLand, or at least she upholds the tradition.

Lots of fights with the band and just nights spent out walking around the parking lot of the motel that our Label had set us up in, while we were in the studio. I kinda sunk my way into a place where songs were just coming out because something had to. I was so numb and I think everyone was at that point that I could not even write songs with full sentences... which is great for radio. But we had been on the streets of NYC street performing for years at that point. Lost some good friends to drugs in the club scene, partied as hard as any wannabe musician at 23 in New York would and should, and we were broke the whole time. We slept where ever we could and had promoter friends so we never paid for drinks and then we busked every day and lived off of that. Sh*t was rough...

I finally recorded the song a couple years later and it just felt like it pieced itself together in the studio... like even the lingering notes at the end of the song were headphone bleed of the riff the second guitar plays in the verse. The producer Dave Weingarten was sitting at the board and I guess let the playback run and I heard that and had him stick it at the end and it is literally audio equivalent to the "cherry on top of the cake". The video for this song also just kinda fell into place so I dunno if I can even take credit for this whole fiasco.

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

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