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Page Too Report for 03/22/2018

SZA Says Her Next Album Will Be Her Last

(Radio.com) Enjoy the music of SZA while you can. The breakout R&B star continues to insist that her days making music are limited, going so far as to say that her next album will be her last.

SZA reinstated the idea during a recent interview with Flaunt. "dI'm still miserable," the singer said about life after the runaway success of her GRAMMY nominated full-length debut, Ctrl . 'My world got so much smaller so fast. I have so much to write about. I feel like I'm in a cage. I'm making the best album of my life for this next album and I know that ' because it's going to be my last album."

The magazine points out that she delivered the statement "with a grin," reminding that it isn't the first time she's threatened to walk away from music.

SZA even talked about walking away from this year's GRAMMY ceremony without winning an award, despite being nominated in five different categories: 'God didn't give me the GRAMMYs, because he knows I would have quit, like 'I have nothing else to do.'" Read more here.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Reportedly Working On Joint Project

(Radio.com) Beyonce and JAY-Z were spotted on Tuesday (March 20) riding a motorcycle through the streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Bey wore Gucci with fishnets and hot pink boots, and Jay was comfortably dressed in Puma athletic attire.

The married superstars were in town working on potential new music and promo content for their 'upcoming joint venture," reports E!. The outlet also reports that many locals claim the duo is recording with SZA.

The power couple recently announced new dates on their On the Run II tour, so the promo content could be visuals which will be used on the road. But the possibility of new music from Jay and Bey is always intriguing.

A fan frenzy on Twitter, includes multiple photos and fan commentary about their clothes and the possibility of new music. Read more here.

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Lollapalooza Lead By Bruno Mars, The Weekend, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys

(Radio.com) The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys and Jack White have been announced as the headliners of this year's edition of Lollapalooza in Chicago.

Dua Lipa, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, The National, and Vampire Weekend are also set for the four-day Chicago fest, scheduled for the weekend of August 2-5.

Other acts on the bill include Logic, St. Vincent, Post Malone, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Portugal. The Man, Tyler, The Creator, Odesza and Lykke Li. Read more here.

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Keith Urban Releases 'Coming Home' Featuring Julia Michaels

(Radio.com) Keith Urban has released his new single, 'Coming Home," which features vocals by pop star/songwriter Julia Michaels, and the track can be streamed online.

The upbeat number opens with a blatant nod to Merle Haggard's 'Mama Tried" and quickly shifts into a feel-good tune embellished with musical twists and turns. A decidedly Urban-esque groove rolls through the chorus.

Urban worked on the song with Michaels, co-writer and co-producer J.R. Rotem and frequent collaborator, songwriter Nicolle Gallyon ('We Were Us," 'Female" ).

The country star incorporated the snippet from Haggard's 1968 song "Mama Tried" after receiving the endorsement of his widow and son. "I called Theresa Haggard and Ben Haggard to play them what we'd been working on," Urban said via a press release. "It was important to me to have their blessing, and I'm so grateful that they love the song."

"'Coming Home' started with an idea I had of using the intro of one of my favorite Haggard songs, 'Mama Tried,' to build an entirely new song around it," he continued. "Then, I took the idea to J.R. Rotem and he put some chords around it. I jotted down the first words that the music made me feel, jumped on a mic and sang the chorus."

"Hearing that rolling Haggard guitar lick sparked memories of my childhood and my dream to come to America," concluded Urban. "I knew right then the story of the song was about the struggles of being in a city where your dreams have brought you, but far from your home." Listen to "Coming Home" here.

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Brad Paisley Hosting California Disaster Victims Benefit Concert

(Radio.com) Brad Paisley is teaming up with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres for 'The 2nd Responders" benefit concert to help those impacted by the wildfires and mudslides that devastated the Santa Barbara County area in December 2017.

"Kim and I fell in love with Santa Barbara and the Montecito area on our honeymoon. It feels like small town America by the sea," Paisley wrote on his official site.

"With this concert I hope to raise awareness, spirits and money for the region that's recovering from the devastating mudslides and fires. I hope people come out and actually make it an experience with us and visit some of the local shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops." Read more here.

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Garth Brooks Inducts Chris Janson Into Grand Ole Opry

(Radio.com) Country icon and Grand Ole Opry member Garth Brooks inducted Chris Janson into the country music institution on Tuesday night (Mar. 20) at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

In a brief speech, Brooks talked about driving in and seeing billboards in Nashville from the Opry to their newest member, which read, 'Welcome to the family." He agreed that it was a real family, adding, "Another great name for this place is 'church.'"
Choked up, Brooks continued, 'This will be, no matter how many times you look back on it, the greatest night in your music career. It is in mine." Janson asked his wife to join him onstage and started his acceptance speech with tears, saying, 'How do you not cry doing this? I don't know."

Janson told a story about playing at Tootsie's, a legendary Nashville honky-tonk, 13 years ago and watching country stars like Marty Stewart go into the Ryman. Then the 'Fix A Drink" singer told the crowd, 'I got two dreams that came true. One was gettin' on the radio and one was gettin' in the Opry."

After leaving the hallowed wooden circle in the middle of the stage, Janson walked over to his family and introduced them. 'To know me is to know that family comes first, and my Lord," he said. "And my job is icing on the cake." Watch Garth Brooks and Chris Janson here.

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Kelly Clarkson Talks Music Industry Sexism

(Radio.com) Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol in 2002 and has ridden the waves of fame for 16 years since. Clarkson recently opened up about the pressure she faced to project a "sexy" image when she was starting out in the industry.

"I was showed magazines of girls naked with guitars, and they were telling me that's what I'm competing with, and I was like, 'I'm not competing with that,'" Clarkson told Rolling Stone. "And they always wanted, like, the sexier songs - not even good sexy songs - because that sells."

Early clashes with industry execs gave Clarkson a core set of operating principles. "I never record a song I don't feel I can relate to in some sense, that I can't make work in my world. Compromising is OK. But compromising who you are as a human is not."
On a lighter note, Clarkson was asked if her kids knew about 2002's From Justin to Kelly, the film she made post-American Idol. The movie has had a way of resurfacing in her life -- against her wishes. Read her response

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Dua Lipa Performs 'IDGAF' On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

(Radio.com) Dua Lipa's sensational rise to pop prominence started with "New Rules" and kept rolling with "IDGAF." On Tuesday night, the singer dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform the latter from her self-titled debut album.

During the outdoor set, Dua wore a fashion-forward red outfit and performed with a live band and backup singers. The performance marked a quick rebound for Lipa, who canceled shows last week due to emergency dental surgery.

She was set to perform in Brisbane, Australia with Bruno Mars but dropped out of the concerts to have her wisdom teeth removed. Dua's own summer tour kicks off in June.

Watch Dua perform "IDGAF," which contains some profanity courtesy of the audience, here.

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'Chewbacca' Delivers Good News To Child Awaiting Heart Transplant

(Radio.com) "OK, we have good news and great news. The good news is, there's a Wookie in the hallway. The great news is, you're getting a new heart!" A cardiologist for 15-year-old Austin Eggleston dressed up like the iconic Star Wars character "Chewbacca" to give him the incredible news that the heart transplant he's been waiting for had finally become available.

Months ago when Austin was listed for a heart transplant, Dr. Thrush said he would deliver the news a heart was available dressed as Chewbacca. On Saturday, Chewbacca stopped by Austin's room.

Five months ago Dr. Phil Thrush from the Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago promised the avid movie-buff that he would tell him about it in "Wookie" the language the character speaks in the film franchise. So, as soon as he saw his favorite character, Austin knew the exciting news was on the way! Read more here.

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G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla ign, Tour Announced

(Radio.com) G-Eazy is hitting the road with some of hip-hop's hottest acts along for the ride. The rapper is reviving the Endless Summer tour, which first launched in 206 with Logic, YG and Yo Gotti.

The 2018 edition of the North American trek is set to also feature Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, and YBN Nahmir. P-Lo and Murda Beatz will join as special guests.

The tour kicks off July 20 in Auburn, WA, with shows mapped out through Sept. 8, when the crew wraps it up in West Palm Beach, FL. Check out the dates here.

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Hip-Hop Video Vixens No Helped By MetToo Says Cardi B

(Radio.com) Cardi B says hip-hop video vixens have emerged largely un-helped by the #MeToo movement, despite speaking out about their experiences of abuse and harassment for years.

"A lot of video vixens have spoke about this and nobody gives a f," Cardi said during an interview with Cosmopolitan. The rapper said the reason hip-hop performers and video dancers aren't taken seriously is due to the stigma surrounding the sexualized images they project.

"I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, 'So what? You're a h-. It don't matter,'" she said. Read more here.

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Iggy Azalea Performs 'Savior' On Late Night TV

(Radio.com) Iggy Azalea took her fans to church in her latest music video for "Savior" and the rapper brought the same spirited energy to her performance on The Late Show.

Surrounded by eight backup singers, Iggy (dressed in black with a shock of pink hair) introduced viewers to her new material. Migos rapper Quavo (who appears on the record) didn't appear on The Late Show but Iggy held down the fort solo.

"Savior" appears on Iggy's long-delayed sophomore album, now titled Surviving the Summer and due out this year. Watch Iggy's Colbert performance here.

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Machine Gun Kelly Song Gets Accidental Canine Remix

(Radio.com) Machine Gun Kelly's song "Habits" got an accidental canine remix when a fan's dog howled over the track. The fan recorded a video of her pup "singing" along to the MGK number and uploaded it to Twitter.

Then, she reached out to Kelly to see what he thought of her dog's skills. The fan wrote via social media: '@machinegunkelly this video though, my dog is ur #1 fan."

"front row at the next show!?!?" the rapper replied. "you know it Kells," the fan replied. See the funny exchange (and cute video) here.

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Singled Out: Straw's Family And Friends

Danish crossover family group Straw recently released their new album "Family Matters" and to celebrate we asked Henriette to tell us about the track "Family And Friends". Here is the story:

I was in the middle off my most stressed time ever. Lots of things was going on in my live - I had lots of gigs singing with different bands beside working and singing with STRAW - In addition, Carsten and I worked with vulnerable youngsters and then we also had our own 5 children and 3 dogs who should have attention and care. Okay 2 of our kids already were adults, but anyway. My time was full. In the middle of it all, I almost forgot how important one's family and friends are.

A few years before we'd bought a dream house in Sweden were we could spend time - if we could find some spare time. We desperately needed time to make recordings and songs for Straw. And in fact we also needed time to be together with our family and friends for real.

We managed to find time to visit our Swedish dream home but most often in the winter. When we reached the house, we could feel the stress disappeared. When we sat there in the cozy armchairs in front of the fireplace, all the stress disappeared and it made room for new songs. I was reminded of what is most important in life, Thus, the text almost wrote itself to "Family and Friends". The song describes so nicely the proximity we experienced when we went to the house in Sweden. Laugh and play, good talks and walks in the woods and cozy moments with your family and friends. There was room for everyone. The song means a lot to me (and the rest of the family :-) ) and reminds me of giving priority to time to the nearest wherever you are.

Most of Straw songs has been born on our holidays as described above. Carsten composes the music on his guitar and it may be a lot of days or weeks where I hear him play all sorts of places and quietly reaches something that is nice for the ears. I live in the mood he produces, and thus the text comes almost by itself. I am always hugely inspired in that process. This also happened with "Family and Friends" We usually keep track of the songs that have become the way it reflects the feelings and moods of our lives.

Similarly, our lives also work. We have a unique collaboration and our daughters Denise and Sally play a good part in this cooperation. At family and friends we sing all 3 girls. Denise and Sally put their voices on the song the same way as when I write the text of Carsten's tones. Each has their very own unique way of singing, which makes it all fit together in a natural way. That way, Straw became the Straw Family.

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

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