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Tuesday
Apr082014

Rascal Flatts Admits Lip-Syncing at ACM Awards

Bret Hartman/CBSRascal Flatts admits they lip-synched their performance of "Rewind" at Sunday night’s ACM Awards.

The group says in a statement released on Twitter Monday night, “After having performed several shows earlier in the week, Gary lost his voice. So, instead of canceling our commitment to do the show, we made a last minute decision to lip-sync."

Twitter blew up with comments following the group’s performance. One fan tweeted, “Rascal Flatts is probably wishing they could rewind and not lip sync terribly and so obviously,” while another wrote, “Rascal Flatts next time you want to lip sync please practice a little more.”

The Rascal Flatts statement concludes: "We’ve never done it before, and we’re obviously not very good at it. We look forward to singing live again in the very near future!”

Flatts performed at Monday's taping of ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  The special airs May 20 on CBS.

The group's next stop on its Rewind Tour 2014 is Saturday, April 12, in Laughlin, Nevada.

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Flu-Stricken Miley Cancels North Carolina Concert

RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus pulled the plug on her concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday night at virtually the last minute.

A statement posted on the website for the Time Warner Cable Arena, where she was supposed to perform, said Miley's concert was cancelled due to illness. It read, "Cyrus has been diagnosed with the flu and doctors have ordered her to rest."

It's unclear when, or if, Miley will make up the date. She's scheduled to perform in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday night.

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Man Charged with Stalking Selena Gomez

Hollywood RecordsThe homeless man who was arrested on Selena Gomez's property twice last week is now facing a pair of charges in connection with the latest incident.

Che Cruz was charged Monday with one felony count of stalking and one misdemeanor count of violation of a criminal protective order. He was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles court later in the day.

Cruz, 20, was arrested last Friday, after he was found to be in violation of a protective order mandating he stay 150 yards away from Selena's recently-purchased Calabasas, California, property.

Cruz had returned to the property following his release from jail. He spent less than two days behind bars after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized entry of a dwelling house, in connection with an arrest the previous Sunday on the property.

Cruz's bail is set at 150 thousand dollars. He faces up to four years in state prison if convicted of both counts.

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Dave Clark Says Springsteen, Van Zandt and Tom Hanks Pushed Him to Write DC5 Memoir

Image courtesy PBSDave Clark, the drummer and leader of the 1960s British band The Dave Clark Five has written a memoir that he says is the result of prodding by Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt.

"I had people like Tom Hanks and Bruce and Steve Van Zandt saying, 'Oh, you've got to do a book...You've got to tell the stories,’” Clark reveals to Billboard.

Clark says the book took him nearly two years to write.  “It's all down now; it just maybe needs to be condensed a bit."  He hopes to have the book published by the end of the year.

The drummer says the same trio that urged him to write the book also felt strongly that he needed to do a documentary about the band.  That documentary, entitled The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over, is now complete and set to premiere Tuesday night on PBS' Great Performances series.

"I never wanted to do a documentary or write a book," says Clark. "I've loved every moment and I wouldn't have missed it for the world, but I felt we didn't have to prove anything to anybody, adds Clark. “We know what we did, and it was wonderful. But the danger is that when you stop in '70, people tend to forget, and I understand that."

Hanks inducted The DC5 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Clark tells Billboard Hanks convinced him that night that he needed to document the band’s history.  Clark recalls, “Tom said to me, 'You owe it to yourself, you owe it to history, but more than anything you owe it to the boys.'”

The boys Hanks was referring to is lead singer and keyboardist Mike Smith, who died a few days before the induction ceremony, and saxophonist and guitarist Denis Payton, who died in 2006.

Bassist Rick Huxley died last year, leaving Clark and guitarist Lenny Davidson as the band’s only surviving members.  Clark tells Billboard he’s glad now that he did the memoir and documentary.

In May 1964, The Dave Clark Five became the first English band to mount a full-fledged tour of the U.S.  From February '64 to May '66, the group scored more than a dozen top-20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Glad All Over," "Bits and Pieces," and the chart-topping "Over and Over."

The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over will feature archival performances by the U.K. quintet from The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV programs, as well as rare concert footage of the band.  In addition, the two-hour special will include new interviews with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and others.

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Monday
Apr072014

D.C. Judge Denies Chris Brown Request to Dismiss Assault Case 

RCA RecordsA Washington, D.C. judge on Monday denied a request by Chris Brown's attorney to drop misdemeanor assault charges against him.

The Washington Post reports that Superior Court Judge Patricia A. Wynn didn't buy the argument by Brown's attorneys that prosecutors acted inappropriately when they used a grand jury to hear witness testimony in preparation for Brown's April 17 trial, because it's a misdemeanor case.  Brown and his bodyguard are accused of punching a man outside a Washington hotel last October. 

A U.S. Marshals source told ABC News Monday night that Chris has been booked into a jail facility in the D.C. vicinity.

The singer was transported earlier in the day from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in the custody of U.S. marshals after an L.A. judge ordered his extradition last week, following Brown's expulsion from an inpatient rehab center.  Brown was undergoing anger management counseling as a condition of his ongoing parole for his 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna, when he allegedly violated the facility's rules.  He was ordered jailed as a result and faces a probation violation hearing later this month.

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Monday
Apr072014

Robert Plant Makes Surprise Appearance with Steve Winwood at UK Charity Concert

Rounder Records; SteveWinwood.comLed Zeppelin's Robert Plant gave a surprise performance at a secret benefit event that was held this past Friday at the St. Peter & St. Paul church in Northleach, U.K.  BirminghamMail.co.uk reports that Steve Winwood also was among the musicians who appeared at the show, which raised money for The Children's Society, Christian Aid and Open Door charities.

According to British radio personality Dan Reddington, who attended the concert, Plant and Winwood each sang several songs.  Fan-filmed video of the event posted online captures the two rock legends teaming up for a duet version of the 1976 Led Zeppelin tune "Nobody's Fault but Mine."  In addition, Plant sang gospel-flavored renditions of the traditional tunes "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down," "12 Gates to the City" and "Wade in the Water," all of which his Americana outfit Band of Joy also performed when it toured a couple of years back.

Other artists who performed at the concert included veteran U.K. rocker Steve Gibbons and Abby Brant, who plays keyboards in a re-formed version of The Move.

"It was truly a special and blessed evening," Reddington told the Birmingham Mail, "great performances by all and including one of the best bands I've seen in ages."

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Monday
Apr072014

Slash's New Album Is Finished

Courtesy Slash via WhoSayJust in time for his summer tour with Aerosmith, Slash has announced that his new solo album is done.  In a post on celebrity social media platform WhoSay, the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist shares a photo of a record studio chart of songs and players, along with text that reads, "Recording of the next LP is finished! These are all working titles fyi. Except for 1."

Some of those "working titles" include "F*** You," "I Wanna Pull Your Hair," "Rhapsody in B," "Fast G Rocks," "Noho Blues" and "Dirty Girl."

The apparently as-yet-untitled album marks Slash's third with Myles Kennedy on vocals, and the second with The Conspirators as backup bandIn a blog post back in January, Conspirators bassist Todd Kerns said the tracks on the new album sound a bit different than their last collaboration, 2012's Apocalyptic Love.  "The material on this album is more serious and more fun at the same time, which is a tough balance indeed," he said.  "The songs are sleazier, tougher and more dangerous."

Apocalyptic Love debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart when it was released, selling 38,000 copies in its first week out.

There's no release date yet for the new Slash album.  He and Aerosmith are expected to make an announcement on Tuesday about their joint summer tour, called Let Rock Rule.  Maybe we'll learn more then.

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Monday
Apr072014

Chris Daughtry to Judge, Mentor Contestants in "Voice of McDonald's" Singing Competition 

Frank Micelotta / FOXChris Daughtry knows a thing or two about singing competitions, having come in fourth on American Idol, and served as a mentor for the contestants this past season on the show.  Now, he's been tapped by McDonald's to put his experience to good use.

Chris will serve as both a mentor and a judge to the semi-finalists in the fast-food chain's Voice of McDonald's global singing competition.  Sixteen semi-finalists from around the world were selected from a field of nearly 58,000 McDonald's employees, and they'll compete to win the "Voice of McDonald's" title, as well as a grand prize of $25,000. 

"I know what a competition can mean to a developing artist's career," said Chris in a statement. "I couldn't be more excited to partner with McDonald's and mentor these contestants like I did during this season on American Idol."

Others who will help Chris judge the semi-finalists include super-producer David Foster and singer/songwriter Skylar Grey, who's perhaps best known for co-writing the #1 hit "Love the Way  You Lie" for Eminem and Rihanna.

You can vote for your favorite of the 16 from now through April 28 at VoiceofMcDonalds.com, and the Fan Favorite winner will get five grand.

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Monday
Apr072014

Lorde, Ellie Goulding Mourn Peaches Geldof on Twitter

Monty Brinton/CBSBritish musicians and celebrities took to Twitter on Monday to mourn the sudden death of 25-year-old Peaches Geldof, a model, journalist and TV presenter who was the daughter of Irish rock star Bob Geldof.  Peaches, a married mother of two, was found dead at her home in England; the cause of death is not yet known.

"I don't believe it," Ellie Goulding tweeted, adding, "Even if you think you've got it all figured out, some things still can't be explained or understood. Two beautiful children. RIP Peaches."  Lorde wrote, "you were a sparkling, lovely person who showed me such kindness. rest easy, peaches." 

Katy Perry didn't write anything herself, but she retweeted a posting from her friend, designer Jeremy Scott, who had written, "HEARTBROKEN ABOUT THE LOSS AND REMEMBERING THE GIRL I KNEW WHO WAS SO FULL OF LIFE. RIP PEACHES."

Simon Cowell tweeted, "The few times I met Peaches she was a sweet, funny warm person. Much love to her family she has left behind."  Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon added, "How sad to hear about Peaches. Lovely, wild girl that she was...to Bob & family, our deepest sympathy & support."

Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, and chef Jamie Oliver also sent their condolences via Twitter, as did Susan Sarandon and Alyssa Milano.

Peaches' father Bob Geldof is best known for organizing the massive Live Aid benefit concerts in the '80s, and spearheading the charity single "Do They Know Its Christmas."  Her mother, Paula Yates, died of a drug overdose in 2000.  She was also the mother of Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof, whose father is late INXS singer Michael Hutchence.

The Geldof family has released a joint statement about Peaches' death that reads, "Peaches has died.  We are beyond pain.  She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.  Writing 'was' destroys me afresh.  What a beautiful child.  How is this possible that we will not see her again?  How is that bearable?  We loved her and will cherish her forever."

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Monday
Apr072014

Janelle Monae Readies for Performance on 'Today Show'

ANDREW ZAEH/AtlanticFollowing her recent televised performance on American Idol, Janelle Monae will appear on Today later this week.

"Tune in to the TODAY show on April 9th at 7 am est to watch me perform LIVE!" she tweeted. "I will be your morning coffee! Ha!"

The funky singer is expected to perform her new hit, "What Is Love" lifted from the album Rio 2: Music from the Music Picture.

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Monday
Apr072014

Stephen Stills Announces Late-Spring Solo Tour Dates

Photo: Eleanor StillsCrosby, Still & Nash's David Crosby and Graham Nash both have previously-scheduled solo performances taking place in the coming weeks.  Now their band mate Stephen Stills is set to mount his own solo tour.  Fresh from co-hosting this past Saturday's second annual Light Up the Blues benefit concert in Los Angeles, which CSN headlined, Stills has announced a series of late-spring Western U.S. dates.

The 17-show run gets under way May 8 in Santa Cruz, California, and is mapped out through a June 3 performance in Tucson, Arizona.  Each concert will feature two sets, with Stills hitting the stage alone with just an acoustic guitar for the first part of the show, and joined by an electric band for the second set.  Stephen's backing group includes CSN touring bassist Kevin McCormick and keyboardist Todd Caldwell, as well as former Wallflowers drummer Mario Calire.  Fans can expect to hear a variety of Stills' classic songs from throughout his career, as well as some brand-new tunes.

As previously reported, the Light Up the Blues concert was co-hosted by Stills and his wife, Kristen, and included performances by CSN, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, John Mayer and others.  The event raised more than $320,000 for the Autism Speaks charity.  A documentary about the inaugural Light Up the Blues show, which also featured CSN and Felder, was released recently as a digital video via iTunes.

Following Stephen's solo outing, Crosby, Stills & Nash will hit the road together for a U.S. summer trek that kicks off July 2 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Here are all of Stills' confirmed U.S. tour dates:

5/8 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Catalyst Club
5/9 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
5/11 -- Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
5/13 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
5/14 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
5/16 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up Aspen
5/17 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
5/19 -- San Francisco, CA, Yoshi's
5/20 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
5/22 -- Napa, CA, City Winery
5/24 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Granada Theatre
5/25 -- Riverside, CA, Fox Theater
5/27 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up
5/28 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up
5/30 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
5/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
6/3 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Theater

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Monday
Apr072014

Kanye West Excited About Adidas Line, Says "Creativity Is My Oxygen"

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Kanye West is excited for his first Adidas collection. On Monday, the rapper took the stage at Adidas’ Global Brand Conference in Germany to reveal the importance of his new partnership.

"We’re creating an entirely new idea of the way to wear and use apparel," said West before a large audience. "This was the company that was experienced and brave enough to give me the opportunity to create."

After referring to his previous rants about needing creative freedom, West explains, "Creativity is my oxygen, and I don't care how crazy I look to anyone as long as I make the best product for you."

Before exiting the stage, Kanye revealed that the new Adidas-branded Yeezy sneakers are arriving later this year. "So in June, we’ll see the new Yeezys," he said.

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Monday
Apr072014

Report: Justin Bieber Turned Away from Miami Clubs for Being Underage

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via Instagram

After Justin Bieber was arrested for DUI in Miami, it emerged that the singer had spent the night at a local club, even though, at 19, he was legally too young to be allowed into such establishments.  Now, it appears that the Miami club scene is rethinking its policy towards the Bieb.

The Miami Herald reports that Justin and his 10-person entourage were turned away Friday night at the lounge at one of the city's hottest restaurants, Cavalli. Though he and his party had dinner at the eatery, they wouldn't let him into the upstairs lounge because of his age.  The Herald adds that it's heard that other clubs, such as LIV, Story and Adoré, also turned the singer, who's now 20, away for the same reason.

TMZ echoes the report, adding that Justin's people called and asked to reserve tables at those last three clubs, but he was turned down at every one.  TMZ further claims that the singer's people "begged and pleaded," and promised that lots of money would be spent, but it was no dice.  The clubs did offer to let Justin in if he agreed to sing, because performers don't have to be 21, but he nixed that offer.

Not only is Justin underage, but according to TMZ, the clubs don't want to be blamed if another DUI situation arises. According to TMZ, the club where Justin was partying ahead of his arrest, SET, received "a ton of negative press" after the incident, and the rest of the clubs don't want to be in that position.

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Monday
Apr072014

Are A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman Engaged?

Image Courtesy A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman Via InstagramA$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman have reportedly taken the next step in their relationship by getting engaged.

Sources tell PageSix.com that the model "happily accepted" the Harlem rapper’s proposal, but they've decided to keep the announcement under wraps. The pair began dating in early 2013.

Meanwhile, Iman was spotted without an engagement ring over the weekend at Montblanc’s 90th anniversary celebration.

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Monday
Apr072014

Toby Keith Turns Auctioneer to Help Kids with Cancer

Show Dog/UniversalOn May 16 and 17, Toby Keith will show off his skills as both an auctioneer and a golfer, as he raises money for families dealing with pediatric cancer.

The 11th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic starts with an invitation-only event Friday night where Toby himself will auction off everything from an African safari to a black-and-white crystal chandelier. Saturday morning, he hits the links with 200 golfers for a day that ends with one of them winning a new Ford truck.

Money from the event helped build the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City, a facility that provides a home-away-from-home for families of kids dealing with cancer. Since opening in January, it’s hosted more than 75 stays for families, ranging from one day to eight weeks.

You can find out more about the Golf Classic at www.tobykeithfoundation.org.

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Monday
Apr072014

Miranda Lambert Lifts the Curtain on Star-Studded "Platinum"

Sony Music Nashville(NOTE LANGUAGE) With three new ACM wins to her credit, including a record-setting fifth trophy for Female Vocalist, Miranda Lambert is lifting the curtain on her new album, Platinum. With guest vocals from Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town and The Time Jumpers, it’s an all-star affair.

Miranda calls the track “Somethin’ Bad” a “rocker” perfect for a “bad*ss singer” like Carrie. “To me, this song meshes our styles,” she says. “It gives her time to be ‘Before He Cheats’ Carrie, and it gives me time to take off running and jump to hit some of those high notes.”

“Smokin’ and Drinkin’” is a song Miranda and Little Big Town both wanted, but she got it first. The idea for a collaboration came backstage at last year’s CMT Awards.

Karen [Fairchild] told me, ‘You have a song I want!’ So I said, ‘If I cut it, will y’all sing on it?’” Miranda remembers. “When I went in to record it, I thought, ‘If Little Big Town wants to sing on my record we are damn sure taking advantage of it!’ I can’t even imagine what it would sound like without them.”

Miranda discovered the Tom T. Hall composition “All That’s Left” while listening to the radio driving back from a Beyonce concert in Dallas. She decided to give it a western swing feel by adding renowned band The Time Jumpers, of which Vince Gill is a member.

The sixteen-song set arrives June 3.

Here’s the Platinum track list:

“Girls”
“Platinum”
“Little Red Wagon”
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’”
“Priscilla”
“Automatic”
“Bathroom Sink”
“Old Sh!t”
“All That’s Left”
“Gravity Is a B**ch”
“Babies Makin’ Babies”
“Somethin’ Bad”
“Holding On to You”
“Two Rings Shy”
“Hard Staying Sober”
“Another Sunday in the South”

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Monday
Apr072014

Ed Sheeran Debuts New Pharrell-Produced, Justin Timberlake-Influenced Single "Sing"

Atlantic RecordsEd Sheeran's known as a serious, acoustic-based singer/songwriter, but he gets pretty funky on his new single "Sing," which he debuted Monday. 

The song, produced by Pharrell Williams, sounds completely different than anything Ed's done before.  Ed tells Rolling Stone that the song is about secretly drinking at a music industry party where no alcohol was being served.  He tells Billboard that it was directly influenced by the sound of Justin Timberlake's albums Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds.

Pharrell provided the track and Ed wrote the song over it, marking the first time Ed had ever composed that way. Speaking to Billboard, Pharrell says of Ed, "He's one of the most impressive, underestimated singer-songwriters of our time. And now he's got a dance record...it's danceable. And he was able to still tell a really good story on top of it."

"Sing" is from Ed's new album x, which will be out in June.

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Monday
Apr072014

New Video for Chrissie Hynde's First Solo Single, "Dark Sunglasses," Premieres Online

Caroline RecordsPretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde has released the first official video for a song from her upcoming debut solo album, Stockholm.  The clip, which accompanies the album's lead single, "Dark Sunglasses," can be viewed online now at Stereogum and TheGuardian.com.

The video, which was directed by London-based filmmaker and photographer Steve Glashier, features candid footage of a variety of people posing or going about their business while wearing dark shades in different neighborhoods in Austin, Texas.  Hynde doesn't appear at all in the video.

Hynde recorded Stockholm in the Swedish city of the same name with Bjorn Yttling of the Swedish indie-rock group Peter, Bjorn and John.  The 11-track album also includes guest appearances by Neil Young and tennis legend John McEnroeStockholm is due June 10.

Meanwhile, Chrissie currently has one confirmed concert on her tour itinerary, a June 14 performance at London's Royal Festival Hall as part of the 2014 edition of the U.K.'s Meltdown Festival.

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Chrissie Hynde - "Dark Sunglasses" from stereogum on Vimeo.

 

Monday
Apr072014

Jhene Aiko Joins Calvin Klein Social Media Campaign

Image Courtesy Jhene Aiko Via InstagramSince being launched in February, the Calvin Klein #MyCalvins social media campaign has featured various celebrities, ranging from Iggy Azalea and Trey Songz to models Miranda Kerr and Lara Stone. Now, Jhene Aiko has joined the digital trend.

The singer has posted a black-and-white photo on Instagram, in which she is laying down wearing white Calvin Klein underwear and a matching Calvin Klein sport bra.

The campaign serves as an ode to the renowned 1980′s ads starring Brooke Shields, which promoted the famed Calvin Klein logo waistband.

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Monday
Apr072014

Trey Songz Performs "Na Na" During MTVU's Spring Break

Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz has shared footage from his sizzling performance during at MTVU's Spring Break festivities in Cancun.

The singer turned up the heat while showcasing his DJ Mustard-produced banger "Na Na" before a packed crowd. At one point, a shirtless Trey jumped off stage to take a selfie with a group of screaming fans. The clip was posted to his official YouTube page.

Meanwhile, the crooner's new single appears at number nine on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The song is lifted from his upcoming, sixth album, Trigga, arriving this summer.

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