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Page Too Report for 03/30/2018

Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town Lead ACM Awards Performers

(Radio.com) Kelly Clarkson, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi and Alan Jackson are among the new wave of performers added to this year's ACM Awards ceremony, set for April 15 in Las Vegas.

They join that already robust performance lineup that includes Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Jason Aldean and many more.

Some new names have also been added to the lineup for presenters at this year's ceremony, including Cam, Dustin Lynch, actor Kiefer Sutherland, Ashton Kutcher and Eve. Read more here.

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Sam Smith Shares 'Pray' Remix Featuring Logic

(Radio.com) Sam Smith has gone hip-hop. The pop star has shared a new remix of his recent single "Pray" that features verses taken from "1-800-273-8255" rapper Logic.

The new version of "Pray" doesn't waste any time in introducing Logic, who raps over the song's intro before Sam sings the first verse. Logic also shares an extended rap during the middle of the track.

Listen to the new hip-hop flavored version of Sam Smith's "Pray" featuring some Logic stylings here.

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The Weeknd Announces New Album 'My Dear Melancholy'

(Radio.com) The Weeknd is back. The mysterious R&B star has revealed that he suprised released a brand new album, My Dear Melancholy, yesterday (March 29), presumably at midnight.

Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd's real name) shared the news via social media, with a simple post that boasted the album artwork along with the caption, "Tonight."

My Dear Melancholy The Weeknd's fourth official studio album, following his 2016 full-length, Starboy. Read more here.

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Grand Ole Opry Now Has A Dolly Parton Mural

(Radio.com) Dolly Parton is the latest country artist featured on a mural outside of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. The portrait was unveiled on March 26 on the Opry Plaza, and country fans can watch the mural created by artist Scott Guion in a new time-lapse video.

The clip shows the Nashville artist working on the mural from start to finish. A lifelong fan of the singer himself, Guion shared his gratitude for the project.

"I finished another panel out at The Grand Ole Opry!" he captions a clip on his personal Instagram account. "8'x8' paint on plywood. Like everyone on the planet, I have loved Dolly my whole life. Thank you @opry."

Parton is a longtime Opry performer. She made her Opry debut when she was just 10 years old and became a member in 1969. Watch the clip here.

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Shawn Mendes Announces James Corden' Residency

(Radio.com) Shawn Mendes has announced that he is scheduled for a week-long residency on The Late Late Show with James Corden, which will be starting on June 4th.

Mendes announced the news on the show Wed night (March 28), and also performed his new song "In My Blood." The Canadian singer/songwriter dropped the single last week, and hours later released the song "Lost In Japan."

Watch Mendes perform "In My Blood" and watch him talk about dental hygiene and announce his upcoming residency: here.

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Cardi B Reveals Alter Ego Of A Cheetah Girl

(Radio.com) Chart-topping rapper (and new Tinder spokeslady) Cardi B has yet another trick up her sleeve. On Wednesday the "Bodak Yellow" MC shared an Instagram video of herself assuming the alter ego of a Cheetah Girl.

"Just wanna give a little preview of what you're gonna get on April 6," Cardi says, suggesting that what follows will be a teaser of new music from her album Invasion Of Privacy. It's a bait and switch, though, and the rapper launches right into the Girls' 2003 hit "Cinderella."

Millennials will remember The Cheetah Girls well as a Disney Channel girl group featuring Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, Sabrina Bryan, and Raven-Symone. They had a great run from 2003-2008. The Girls are gone now - but not forgotten by Cardi B. Check out Cardi's Cheetah cover here.

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Jason Aldean Shares Baby Memphis' First Day at the Beach

(Radio.com) Life's a beach for Jason Aldean and his family. The country star and his wife Brittany packed up baby Memphis for a fun day down the shore in Florida this week. The couple has shared photos from the family vacation on social media.

"My man's first day at the beach with mom, dad and his sisters. He had a blast!," Aldean posted on Instagram with a series of family photos from their day at the beach.

Baby Memphis is clearly the star of the show, rocking a sweet pair of sunglasses in a photo with daddy. Wife Brittany also shared an adorable shot of Memphis on the beach, chilling in his shades, feet in the sand. See the photos here.

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Rihanna Launching New 'Body Lava'

(Radio.com) When having beautifully made-up face is just not enough, Rihanna is coming for your body. The pop superstar turned makeup mogul (with her wildly successful Fenty Beauty line) is set to unveil a new range of products for the body, including a "body lava" that gives the rest of your skin the same luminous glow as her facial products.

The singer introduced the new line of body beautifiers with a series of posts on Instagram featuring the singer using them on herself. The body lava comes in two different shades: "Brown Sugar" and "Who Needs Clothes." The sultry video of Rihanna applying "Who Needs Clothes" to her shoulder and seductively gazing at the camera is the clear fan favorite, generating more than 1.5 million views in just 18 hours.

Fenty Beauty will also release a new "Fairy Bomb" pom pom used for applying the new body lava. The new products hit retail on April 6. See the posts here.

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Lady Gaga Shares Reflective Thoughts For Her Birthday

(Radio.com) Happy Birthday Lady Gaga! As the Mother Monster turned 32 on Wednesday (March 28), the pop star took to social media and shared some reflective thoughts on the past 11 years of her life and career.

"Here's me in 2007 right before I dyed my hair blonde and released 'Just Dance,' Gaga posted on Twitter. "It's now 2018 and I'm so blessed to be turning 32 with a fanbase of Little Monsters I've watched spread a message of acceptance and kindness for 10 years now."

Gaga went on to make a request of fans looking to give her gifts in honor of her big day. "Thank you so much for all your beautiful birthday messages," she said on a separate post. "I love you so much. If you're compelled to give me a gift I would wish it to be a donation to the Born This Way Foundation so we can continue to do Mental Health research, raise awareness, and empower youth." See the posts here.

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Christina Aguilera Reveals Her New Look

(Radio.com) Christina Aguilera has shared a stunning and fresh-faced new look. The operative word being "fresh," as the singer and TV star has shared a new photoshoot featuring minimal makeup and a dusting of freckles.

The stunning new photoshoot is for a PAPER magazine cover story, as Aguilera looks back on her eventful career and current place in the pop culture landscape.

"I've always been someone that obviously loves to experiment, loves theatrics, loves to create a storyline and play a character in a video or through stage," she said. "I'm a performer, that's who I am by nature. But I'm at the place, even musically, where it's a liberating feeling to be able to strip it all back and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty." See some of the photos here.

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Coldplay's Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow Share Family Photo

(Radio.com) Coldplay's Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are the definition of ex-relationship goals as the pop star and actress prove in a new social media photo that went online this week.

The previously married couple who "consciously uncoupled" back in 2014 have revealed a new photo of the pair getting together for a family day with the kids.

Paltrow shared the image of the family, including 13-year-old daughter Apple and 11-year-old son Moses, posing in front of an unidentified doorway. See the heartwarming photo here.

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Bruno Mars And His Koala Bear Wingman Coming For Your Love

(Radio.com) Bruno Mars is in a flirty mood, and he's got a pretty smooth wingman by his side: a koala bear as the "24K Magic" star shares via a funny new video that he posted to social media.

In the clip he delivers seductive lines to a potential paramour over the strains of George Michael's "Careless Whisper"--all while cuddling an adorable koala bear and dropping koala-related puns along the way.

"When it comes to spittin that hot fire I'm over koalafied!," Mars captioned the Instagram video. "Thank you Australia for everything!!" Even Mars realizes just how ridiculous it is, barely keeping a straight face when he hits the puns. It's all very SNL. You'll definitely want to watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Merritt Gibson's Burning Red Hot

Merritt Gibson released his brand new debut album "Eyes On Us" today (March 30th) and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the song "Burning Red Hot". Here is the story:

"Burning Red Hot" came right out of something that happened to me in high school. I went to an all-girls school, and so we didn't see guys very often. But one night we had a dance at an all-boys school, and I met a guy who I thought I clicked with. To be "talking" to a guy was a pretty big deal at a school with only girls, so I was excited to see where it would go. But then it fizzled out after about a week of texting, which made me feel like he was never really interested in me. I didn't know exactly how I felt -- it was this combination of confused, annoyed, and hurt. I put myself out there, emotionally, and was left hanging. It's the kind of thing where you know it happens to everyone, but it feels like it's only you.

When, a few days later, I started writing this song, I was sick with a bad cold. I was in the car headed to the doctor's office when I came up with the phrase "burning red hot," an image that seemed to sum up my feelings of anger, embarrassment, and passion. Too sick to work out, I skipped crew practice and spent the afternoon in the nurse's office at school. I was supposed to be sleeping, but I had my computer out to type up lyrics and record melodies. While I came up with the line "all-consuming fever of the things I'm not," I really did have a fever.

In the studio, I had the sound I wanted for this song on the tip of my tongue, but I couldn't quite articulate it. The best I could come up with was the adjective "swampy." What that means, I'm not really sure. After experimenting with different instruments and riffs, the studio musicians and I? hit on exactly what I wanted -- swampy, but with a pulsing beat. I still don't know quite how to describe it, but it sounds how I felt as I wrote it.

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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