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Sunday
Jun262016

Kenny Chesney Apologizes for Telling Philadelphia Concert Police Officer Died

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Kenny Chesney owed a suburban Philadelphia police officer a huge apology after mistakenly announcing at his concert Saturday night that he had died.

The singer told thousands of fans at Lincoln Financial Field, where he was performing, that Folcroft Borough Police Officer Christopher Dorman, who was shot seven times in the line of duty, had died.

Dorman, a huge fan of Chesney, had planned to attend the concert, but instead found himself in a local hospital recovering. In a recorded video message he told Chesney ahead of the concert "don't forget me."

Chesney, who heard about the video before the show, dedicated the song “Anything but Mine” to Dorman.

The Folcroft police department immediately took to Facebook to correct the singer.

"OFFICER DORMAN IS ALIVE AND WELL," a Facebook post read. "IDK WHAT KENNY CHESNEY WAS THINKING WHEN HE SAID THAT AT HIS CONCERT TONIGHT!! I HOPE HE MAKES ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE THIS RIGHT!!!"

By Sunday, it seemed Chesney had received the message, because the singer called Dorman to apologize while the officer recovered at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Dorman's police department shared a photo of Dorman chatting with Chesney.

"He apologized for last night and wants to take Chris out to a football game and grab some beers!! Thank you Kenny!!" the caption read. 

Chesney also recalled the conversation on Twitter.

"He's doing great," the singer wrote. "Told him we'd watch an Eagles game & have beers one day. Here's to a speedy recovery! #dormanthedelcolegend"

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Sunday
Jun262016

Watch Stevie Wonder, Sheila E. & More Pay Tribute to Prince on Tonight's BET Awards

BETThe 2016 BET Awards airing live tonight from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m. ET on BET. Among the many expected highlights is a special tribute honoring late music icon Prince, which will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Sheila E., The Roots and Janelle Monae.

Among the many other artists scheduled to perform at the event are Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Erykah Badu, Maxwell and Fat Joe.  

In addition, actor Samuel L. Jackson will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Hollywood. Black-ish co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross will be back for a second time around as the program's hosts.

Check out a full list of performers, presenters and nominees at BET.com.

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Sunday
Jun262016

Get Ready! The 2016 BET Awards Airs Live Sunday

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This Sunday's BET Awards, airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, are shaping up to be a phenomenal television event.  

Black-ish co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross will be back for a second time around as the program's hosts.  Drake leads the show's nominees with nine nods. Beyonce and Rihannafollow suit, having both scored five nominations each, while Chris BrownBryson Tiller and Futureearned four nods apiece.   

Performers scheduled to appear include Young ThugFat JoeJennifer HudsonTori Kelly,UsherMaxwellD'AngeloAlicia Keys and many others.  

Also, look out for Stevie WonderThe RootsSheila E, and Janelle Monae joining forces for a highly anticipated "Celebration of Prince" tribute to commemorate the death of the legendary music icon.  

Other show highlights include actor Samuel L. Jackson receiving the Lifetime Achievement Awardfor his contributions to Hollywood, and Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams receiving the Humanitarian Award.

Scheduled presenters include Music Moguls reality stars Damon DashSnoop DoggBirdman and Jermaine DupriGabrielle UnionRegina HallMorris Chestnut, the cast of the forthcoming New Edition biopic movie, Taraji P. Henson, and others. 

The 2016 BET Awards air live Sunday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Here is the full list of nominees: 

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Adele
Andra Day
Beyoncé
K. Michelle
Rihanna

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bryson Tiller
Chris Brown
Jeremih
The Weeknd
Tyrese

Best Group
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Drake & Future
Puff Daddy & The Family
Rae Sremmurd
The Internet

Best Collaboration
Big Sean Ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $Ign - "Play No Games"
Big Sean Ft. Kanye West & John Legend - "One Man Can Change The World"
Future Ft. Drake - "Where Ya At"
Nicki Minaj Ft. Beyoncé - "Feeling Myself"
Rihanna Ft. Drake - "Work"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Drake
Fetty Wap
Future
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Dej Loaf
Lil Kim
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma

Video Of The Year
Beyoncé - "Formation"
Bryson Tiller - "Don't"
Drake - "Hotline Bling"
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"
Rihanna Ft. Drake - "Work"

Video Director Of The Year
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley & The Little Homies
Director X
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Andra Day
Bryson Tiller
Kehlani
Tory Lanez

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
Erica Campbell
Kirk Franklin
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs

Best Actress
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
Idris Elba
Michael B. Jordan
O'Shea Jackson Jr.

YoungStars Award
Amandla Stenberg
Quvenzhané Wallis
Silentó
Willow Smith
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
Beasts Of No Nation
Concussion
Creed
Dope
Straight Outta Compton


Sportswoman Of The Year
Cheyenne Woods
Gabrielle Douglas
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Sportsman Of The Year
Cam Newton
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé – "Formation"
Bryson Tiller – "Don’t"
Chris Brown – "Back To Sleep"
Drake – "Hotline Bling"
Future Ft. Drake – "Where Ya At"
Rihanna Ft. Drake – "Work"

Centric Award
Andra Day - "Rise Up"
Beyoncé – "Formation"
K. Michelle – "Not A Little Bit"
Rihanna - "Bbhmm"
The Internet - "Under Control"

Best International Act Africa
Aka (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mzvee (Ghana)
Serge Beynaud (Cote D’ivoire)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act UK
Kano
Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Skepta
Stormzy
Tinie Tempah 

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Sunday
Jun262016

Tangled Up in Bob: Dylan's Star-Studded 30th Anniversary Concert Gets AXS TV Premiere Today

Courtesy of AXS TV/Northstar MediaThe concert special capturing the star-packed 1992 show celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan's first album premieres on AXS TV today at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The epic three-hour-plus event, which took place October 16, 1992, at New York's Madison Square Garden, features performances by a jaw-dropping lineup of stars joining Dylan in honor of the folk-rock legend's incredible career.

Among the many famous artists who participated in the concert were George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson and The O'Jays. The historic performance featured the various stars singing a diverse selection of tunes from Dylan's catalog, from classic hits to obscure gems. Bob himself brought the show to an end with a four-song set that culminated with all-star finale featuring renditions of "My Back Pages" and "Knockin' on Heaven’s Door."

Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration is the centerpiece of a special block of programming dubbed "Pioneers of Rock" airing Sunday on AXS TV. The marathon kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET with the 2012 Beach Boys documentary Doin' It Again, and also will include concert films featuring Ringo Starr, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin and Brian Wilson.

Here's AXS TV's full "Pioneers of Rock" schedule:

12:30 p.m. ET -- The Beach Boys: Doin' It Again
1:30 p.m. ET -- The Beach Boys: Live in Concert
2:45 p.m. ET -- Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love
3:55 p.m. ET -- Crosby, Stills & Nash 2012
5:40 p.m. -- Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
8 p.m. ET -- Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
11:10 p.m. ET -- Brian Wilson & Friends: Live from The Venetian

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Sunday
Jun262016

Mariah Carey Will Receive The "Giving Me Life Achievement Award" at the First Annual Bravo Awards 

ABC/Randy HolmesBravo to Mariah Carey! The sultry songbird will be the first recipient of the "Giving Me Life Achievement Award" at Watch What Happens Live Presents: The Bravos

The awards show will be presented by Watch What Happens Live talk show host Andy Cohen and will premiere for the first time on the Bravo cable network on July 20. Other awards to be presented throughout the night include "Biggest Hustle Moment," "Jumpsuit Achievement," "The Sorry Not Sorry Award" and "The Queen of Shade."

Superfans of Watch What Happens Live and Mariah Carey can tune in to witness all of the possible hilarious and jaw-dropping award speeches on Wednesday, July 20, at 10:00 p.m. ET.

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Sunday
Jun262016

X Ambassadors Tease "Low Life 2.0" Video, Starring Liev Schreiber 

Credit: Natalie MantiniX Ambassadors have shared a teaser for their forthcoming "Low Life 2.0" video. The preview shows frontman Sam Harris sharing a drink with actor Liev Schreiber.

The "Low Life 2.0" video will debut online following the fourth season premiere of the Schreiber's Showtime drama Ray Donovan, which airs tonight, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

"Low Life 2.0" is the remix of X Ambassadors' track "Low Life." The new version of the song, which features blues rocker Jamie N Commons and rapper A$AP Ferg, appears on VHS 2.0, the deluxe version of X Ambassadors' debut album, VHS. The original "Low Life" will soundtrack the ending credits of tonight's Ray Donovan.

X Ambassadors will be back on TV later this summer when they perform live on ABC's Good Morning America August 5.

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Sunday
Jun262016

Andy Black Joins "Alternative Press" Music Awards Live Lineup

Courtesy of Adrenaline PR Andy Black will perform live at this year's Alternative Press Music Awards. The Black Veil Brides frontman joins a lineup that already includes A Day to Remember, Papa Roach, Dashboard Confessional and Judas Priest's Rob Halford, among others.

Black released his debut solo album, The Shadow Side, earlier this year. The record includes contributions from Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and Blink-182's Travis Barker.

The 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards will be held July 18 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Saturday
Jun252016

The Mavericks Part Ways with Record Label to Launch Their Own

Jeff Vespa/WireImageGenre-bending band The Mavericks has amicably parted ways with Nashville’s Big Machine Label Group, ABC News has confirmed.

The group recorded two critically-acclaimed albums for the label group, 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, and reportedly had just a two-album deal there.

The band has now partnered with Nashville-based marketing and distribution company Thirty Tigers, according to MusicRow.com, and its four members are in the process of creating their own label, Mono Mundo Recordings. They have three albums planned through the end of 2017 including a concert album due this fall, and new studio and Christmas albums coming next year. Mono Mundo is also the name of their current tour.

The Mavericks enjoyed the top 20 hits “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “O What A Thrill” and “There Goes My Heart” while signed to MCA Nashville in the 1990s, and won the CMA Vocal Group of the Year Award in both 1995 and 1996.

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Saturday
Jun252016

Eric Clapton Debuts Video for His New Robert Johnson Cover "Stones in My Passway"

Credit: Simon WhiteheadEric Clapton has debuted the official video for his new cover of blues great Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway," which appears on his latest studio album, "I Still Do." The black-and-white clip features Clapton and members of his backing band working on the tune in the studio.

You can watch the video at WheresEric.com and at Clapton's official YouTube channel.

In a new Guitar World interview, Clapton reveals that he's always found "Stones in My Passway" difficult to play, because it features a guitar melody that's at odds with a coinciding vocal melody.

"There's a [guitar] phrase [Johnson] plays underneath his vocal that I can't do," Eric admits. "I can't sing it and play that phrase, and I will never do it, I don't think. I think I've tried all my life to figure out how to do that -- because the time signature of the singing is one way and the playing is another."

I Still Do debuted last month at #6 on the Billboard 200. In addition to "Stones in My Passway," the 12-track collection features a number of original Clapton compositions and renditions of Bob Dylan's "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" and the standard "I'll Be Seeing You." The album marks the first time Clapton has worked with acclaimed producer Glyn Johns since 1977's multi-platinum Slowhand.

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Saturday
Jun252016

Kevin Gates Debuts New Music Video Featuring Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign and Jamie Foxx

Kevin Paras Griffin/Getty ImageMulti-platinum recording artist Kevin Gates has unveiled a new music video for his song "Jam," which features Trey SongzTy Dolla $ign and Jamie Foxx.

The video highlights Gates, Songz and Ty Dolla at home among a bevy of beautiful ladies. Only Foxx's vocals are featured in the song -- that's him talking and playing the piano at the beginning of the track and singing "Jaaaaaaam" throughout it. 

Gates' debut album, titled Islah was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in May. According to Nielsen Soundscan, it is also the second highest selling rap album of 2016, just behind Drake, and was featured on Rolling Stone's "45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far" list. 

Gates will perform on a special episode of BET's 106 & Park this Saturday, live, at 6 p.m. ET. 

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Saturday
Jun252016

A Tribe Called Quest Honored at the 2016 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCLegendary hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest were presented with a Golden Note Award at the 29th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards this Thursday.

Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, California, the invitation-only event feted songwriters and publishers with the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2015 R&B, rap, gospel and hip-hop charts that year. 

According to a press release, Outkast's Andre 3000 and ASCAP President Paul Williams presented the award to A Tribe Called Quest. The group were also surprised with a special performance byBusta Rhymes, which paid tribute to the group's incredible contributions within the music industry.    

A full list of the 2016 ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards can be viewed on www.ascap.com/rsawards

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Saturday
Jun252016

Radiohead Beats Out Red Hot Chili Peppers to Top UK's Official Albums Chart 

XL RecordingsRadiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool narrowly outsold Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Getaway to take the number-one spot on this week's U.K.'s Official Albums Chart. The latest effort from Thom Yorke and company sold 44,000 copies, while Anthony Kiedis' band sold 40,000 copies with their new album.

A Moon Shaped Pool previously topped the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart when it was released digitally on May 8. The album, Radiohead's ninth, was released on physical formats June 17.

With A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead has a total of six number-one albums in their home country, while Red Hot Chili Peppers have earned four U.K. number-ones.

In the U.S., Red Hot Chili Peppers is in another battle for number one, this time against Drake. The Getaway and the rapper's album Views will be fighting for the top spot on the Billboard 200, the results of which will be unveiled this Sunday, June 26.

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Saturday
Jun252016

Adele Gets Ready for Glastonbury -- with Four Suitcases of Makeup?

Simon EmmettAdele is set to take the stage at England’s legendary Glastonbury festival tonight. While the festival is known for being muddy, the singer will be keeping things glam thanks to thorough preparations from her beauty squad.

Her makeup artist, Michael Ashton, posted a photo on Instagram Friday of four huge suitcases in the back of a van. “Just a few essentials packed for Glastonbury,” he captioned it.

We doubt the bags are all filled with Adele’s makeup, but anything’s possible.

Adele is headlining the festival for the first time in her career. She’ll be performing on the famed Pyramid Stage tonight.

According to U.K.’s The Mirror, her partner Simon Konecki was already walking the Glastonbury grounds Thursday. "It was amusing to see fans walking past him singing Adele's ‘Hello’,” one witness says. “He was beaming.”

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Friday
Jun242016

Steven Tyler Takes the Wraps off New Single Ahead of Album Release

Dot RecordsAerosmith frontman Steven Tyler unveiled his new single, "We're All Somebody from Somewhere," during an appearance Friday morning on NBC's Today show. He also sang "Cryin'" and the Janis Joplin smash "Piece of My Heart."

The new single, which was released Friday, is the title cut from his debut solo album, a country-flavored effort due out July 15. The album's track listing also was unveiled Friday. Twelve of the 15 songs were co-written by Tyler; in addition, there's a remake of Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun" and the cover of "Piece of My Heart.

Sitting down with Today's Matt Lauer, Tyler explained that when Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta approached him about doing an album, he said, "I want to do a country record with covers of Everly Brothers, but unfortunately, so many people did. But then…I went down and did a bunch of award things [in Nashville], fell in love with the town, and the rest is history."

New York native Tyler, 68, said his introduction to country came when he was 11 and he pulled in a radio station in Fort Wayne, Indiana, that was playing "The Battle of New Orleans," Johnny Horton's1959 hit. "The B-side was 'All for the Love of a Girl,' and it was the first time I got all those feelings inside for music, and just in touch in myself with, in a sexual way, in a life-giving way," Tyler recalled "and then I heard The Everly Brothers, and their harmonies, and it was just incredible."

He also explained that Aerosmith had its brush with country already: "We would do all kinds of stuff like 'Cryin'.' That's country; we wrote that with Taylor Rhodes in Nashville…So it was already there. It wasn't a stretch."

Here's the full track list of the new album:

"My Own Worst Enemy"
"We're All Somebody from Somewhere"
"Hold On (Won’t Let Go)"
"It Ain't Easy"
"Love Is Your Name
"I Make My Own Sunshine"
"Gypsy Girl"
"Somebody New"
"Only Heaven"
"The Good, the Bad, the Ugly & Me"
"Red, White & You"
"Sweet Louisiana"
"What Am I Doin' Right?"
"Janie’s Got a Gun"
"Piece of My Heart"

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Friday
Jun242016

Mindless Behavior Releases New Album

Lavi Henden/Keisha Gamble/Conjunction Entertainment Inc.Mindless Behavior has released their newest album today! 

Titled, "#OFFICIALMBMUSIC," the 11-song album "is a blend of both dance and pop tracks that reflect the group's evolution from boys to men," a press release states. The boy band were first introduced to audiences in 2008 and released their debut album, #1 Girl, in 2011. The LP made it to number seven on the Billboard Top 200 chart.   

Mindless Behavior has shared the stage with some of music's biggest names, such as Backstreet BoysJason DeruloJanet Jackson and Justin Bieber.

The group is excited for fans to hear their music's evolution. 

"We wanted #OFFICIALMBMUSIC to showcase our growth as artists and entertainers. We've taken the time to mature, experiment with our sound, and come into our own. #OFFICIALMBMUSIC is our most personal album to date and it is all for the fans. We are back and we are here to stay!," says the band in a statement.  

The album is now available for download. 

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Friday
Jun242016

Erykah Badu Debuts New Music Video Today!

Marc BaptisteErykah Badu has released the official music video for her new song, "Maiysha (So Long)."

Badu directed the visually enthralling video, which begins with a spoken word monologue by the artist herself and a scene in which she showcases her comedic acting chops. The actual song starts midway into the full-length video. 

"So long. That's what she said. So long," she croons while donning a chic black beret and long gloves. 

"Maiysha (So Long)" is featured on Robert Glasper's new album "Everything's Beautiful," and is based on the Miles Davis song titiled "Maiysha." The lyrics for Badu's version were written by Erykah herself. 

The soul singer is slated to perform at the 2016 BET Music Awards this Sunday. 

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Friday
Jun242016

Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Wears Diaper On New Album Cover

Big Machine Label GroupFlorida Georgia Line just shared the cover artwork for their new album Dig Your Roots, and it’s adorable. In keeping with the title, the cover depicts the duo’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley as children, Kelley clad in a cowboy hat, boots and diaper, and Hubbard smiling astride a toy scooter.

They also announced that the new set, their third studio album, will be available Aug. 26, which also happens to be Kelley’s 31st birthday. The duo wrote more than half the songs on the project, though not the lead single “H.O.L.Y.,” which has already topped the charts.

“Our album cover says it all,” says Kelley. “We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from.”

Their headlining Dig Your Roots Tour continues through the end of the year.

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Friday
Jun242016

Gucci Mane Releases Second New Track Since Prison Exit

Jonathan MannionGucci Mane is a busy man! Since his early exit from prison in May, he is giving fans a second new track just in time for the weekend -"All My Children."

The boisterous rapper released a mixtape called "First Day Out Tha Feds" the day after his release and has addressed rumors that he may have been cloned. 

The album artwork for the song features the star sitting in a rocking chair, surrounded by kids either in his lap or causing mayhem.  

"All my, all my, all my children. All of these rappers are all my children," he drawls throughout the track.  

You can listen to the single in full on his official YouTube account.  

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Friday
Jun242016

Chevelle Debuts New Song, "Young Wicked"

Epic RecordsChevelle has shared a new cut from their forthcoming album, The North Corridor. The heavy track is called "Young Wicked," and you can download it now on iTunes.

"Young Wicked" is the second track Chevelle has released from The North Corridor, following lead single "Joyride (Omen)." The album will be released July 8.

Chevelle will be on tour throughout the summer in support of The North Corridor on a series of headlining shows, festival appearances, and co-headlining dates with Bush.

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Friday
Jun242016

Mike Posner Inspires Young Dancer to "Be As You Are" in New Video

Don Le StudioMike Posner heads back to his hometown of Detroit in the video for the remix of his inspiring new song, “Be As You Are.”

In the clip, shot like a mini-film, Mike plays the mentor of a young boy training to be a boxer. But he finds out what the boy really wants is to be a dancer. In the end, the kid -- played by Will Simmons -- shows off some of his dance moves inside the ring.

Mike tells Billboard the song is “among the most honest songs I have written,” adding, “I was just trying to tell the truth.”

The single follows his hit song, "I Took a Pill in Ibiza."

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