Paul McCartney releasing cassette for Record Store Day featuring three demos recorded with Elvis Costello

1988 © Paul McCartney/Photo by Linda McCartneyPaul McCartney has whipped up a special treat for fans in conjunction with the 2017 Record Store Day event, which takes place April 22.

The rock legend will be releasing a limited-edition cassette that day featuring demos of three songs he and Elvis Costello wrote and recorded together during the sessions for Paul's 1989 studio album Flowers in the Dirt.  The tape, titled Flowers in the Dirt -- The Cassette Demos, will feature stripped-down versions of the songs "I Don't Want to Confess," "Shallow Grave" and "Mistress and Maid."

This will mark the first time these tunes will be made available in the format on which they were originally recorded. The tracks first will be released digitally as bonus tracks as part of the deluxe reissue of Flowers in the Dirt, which is due out Friday, March 24.

As with all Record Store Day releases, the cassette will be available at select independent record shops across the U.S.

Flowers in the Dirt featured several songs that McCartney co-wrote with Costello, including the hit "My Brave Face." The deluxe reissue is a three-CD/one-DVD set containing a remastered version of the original album; demos of a variety of songs on which McCartney and Costello collaborated for the project, music videos, short films, a documentary and many more goodies.

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Avenged Sevenfold plans summer headlining shows in between Metallica opening dates

Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has announced a batch of headlining shows in between their upcoming tour opening for Metallica. The headlining dates kick off May 5 in Virginia Beach, and will run intermittently throughout the summer. Visit for ticket info.

A Day to Remember and Volbeat will open for Avenged Sevenfold on separate dates during the headlining run.

The Metallica tour, meanwhile, begins May 10 in Baltimore and will conclude in August.

Avenged Sevenfold will be touring in support of their new album, The Stage.

Here are Avenged Sevenfold's headlining tour dates:

5/5 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
5/7 -- Concord, NC, Rock City Campground
5/9 -- Hershey, PA, GIANT Center*
6/19 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
7/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center*
7/14 -- Cadott, WI, Rock Fest Amphitheater
7/18 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
7/28 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre+
7/31 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center+
8/3 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater+
8/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre+
8/12 -- Nampa, ID, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater+

*Volbeat opening
+A Day to Remember opening

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Chainsmokers think they're "dreaming" after "SNL" booking's confirmed

Taso PapadakisHere's the good news: The Chainsmokers will be performing on Saturday Night Live.  The bad news, sorta, is that they won't be performing "Closer."

The Chainsmokers' upcoming appearance on SNL, which was announced over the weekend, will take place on April 8; Louis CK will host.  The guys tweeted, "Never in our wildest dreams did I ever think this would be possible! But for real, is this actually happening... are we dreaming..."

The duo added, "Louis CK is our favorite comedian.  We are playing brand new music on SNL from the album on a show we admired since we were kids!"

As they say in the tweets, the group will be performing material from their new album, Memories: Do Not Open, which comes hits stores April 7.  One of those songs will likely be their latest hit, "Paris."

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Ed Sheeran steps in to help fan with Facebook copyright ban

Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran may be a megastar who's dominating charts all over the world, but he still cares enough about his fans to personally make it easier for them to cover his songs.

As TorrentFreak reports, a British musician named Charlotte Campbell, whoperforms full-time in the London Underground, recently put a 15-second clip of a performance of Ed's song "Castle on the Hill" on her Facebook page, and when she did, she was banned from the social media site for three days for "copyright infringement" and warned she'd be banned permanently if she did it again. That's when Ed stepped in.

Some of Charlotte's fans took to Ed Sheeran fan sites to complain that all she was doing was paying tribute to Ed, and this was the thanks she got.  As a result, Ed himself posted a message on Charlotte's Facebook page assuring her that he'd take of the problem.

"Just seen your video, [the ban] definitely has nothing to do with me," he wrote. "I bloody love seeing people cover my songs. One of the best things I get out of this job is seeing other people find enjoyment too." He then explained that his record company has a bot that trolls sites looking for covers.

"It's just bad luck that it was your video," he explained. "I've had a word, and I'll get it sorted. Sorry again. Keep doing what you do, 'tis ace."

Charlotte, of course, was thrilled at Ed's offer to help.

"I'm not sure I've really processed it, to be honest, I still feel like I'm dreaming!" she told TorrentFreak. "I felt so relieved that it wasn't Ed Sheeran who had personally rejected my cover! And it really restored my faith in humanity and in Ed himself."

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Nicki Minaj performs "No Frauds" with Drake for the first time onstage 

Image Group LA/ABCNicki Minaj surprised Drake fans in Paris Sunday night with a performance of her Remy Ma diss track, "No Frauds."  

The onstage collaboration marked the first time both artists performed the track live; Drake's currently in Europe for his Boy Meets World Tour.

Nicki and Drizzy also shared pictures and videos of their Parisian reunion, with Nicki posting a clip of the two being cheered on by fans while sharing a hug, and Drake posting a photo of that embrace with the caption, "Much needed." 

Unfortunately, Lil Wayne, whose vocals are also featured on the track, was not in attendance.   

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Beyoncé surprises Alvin Ailey dancers backstage

ABC/Image Group LABeyoncé last surprised fans with a pregnancy announcement, but on Saturday, the superstar threw another curveball -- this time in person -- for a few unsuspecting teens and members of one of the most prestigious dance troupes in the world.

After a performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company in Los Angeles, Bey showed up backstage and greeted tbe company's dancers, as well as a special group of girls who also attended the event during a field trip with Bey's mom, Tina Lawson.

The young girls are mentees of Tina's nonprofit mentorship organization, Tina's Angels.  

Tina shared several pictures and a video about her oldest daughter's surprise visit on Instagram, writing in the caption, "When Beyoncé surprises you back stage!!! The Alvin Ailey Dancers are the most beautiful and Talented and gracious Human Beings. I was honored to meet them and they were so nice and patient to my girls!!!"  

In the clip, Beyoncé appears humble as she praises the dancers, even when one of them falls to his knees in the presence of the global icon.  

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Frankie Ballard begins a "Helluva Life" with surprise wedding

ABC/Image Group LAWith a nod to his new single, which is a cover of Bob Seger’s 1980 hit “You’ll Accomp’ny Me,” Frankie Ballard confirmed he tied the knot with girlfriend Christina Murphy over the weekend.

“Somebody baby, you’ll accomp’ny me… and that day is today!” the Michigan native shared on social media, along with a photo of the newlyweds in their wedding attire. “@oldsmokeysboots has become my wife.”

Christina, who runs a vintage boot company, wore a traditional white gown, while Frankie rocked a tuxedo with a red pocket square.

“My dream just came true,” the new Mrs. Ballard added on her own Instagram. “@FrankieBallard MY HUSBAND!!!!!”

The ceremony took place Sunday at Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave, Texas, according to People. While Frankie and Christina never publicly announced their engagement, you’ve likely caught a glimpse of the new bride before. She starred in Frankie’s 2013 music video for his #1 hit, “Helluva Life.”

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Tool plots North American headlining tour 

Daniel Boczarski/RedfernsAs they teased last week, Tool has announced a new group of headlining tour dates. The North American trek begins May 24 in Fairfax, Virginia, and will wrap up June 8 in Rosemont, Illinois. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 17 via

For the shows, Tool promises an "unparalleled sonic and visual experience."

In addition to the headlining shows, Tool will also be playing this year's Boston Calling and Governors Ball festivals.

Tool is currently working on the long-awaited follow-up album to their 2006 effort, 10,000 Days.

Here are Tool's North American tour dates:

5/24 -- Fairfax, VA, EaglebankArena
5/27 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
5/28 -– Boston, MA, Harvard Athletic Complex
5/30 -- Rochester, NY, Blue Cross Arena
5/31 -- Hamilton, ON, First Ontario Centre
6/2 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
6/4 – New York City, Randall’s Island Park
6/5 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Petersen Events Center
6/7 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/8 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena

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New AXS TV concert special featuring Ringo Starr's All Starr Band to premiere later this month

Credit: Scott RitchieFans of Ringo Starr will have the chance to enjoy some peace, love and rock 'n' roll on Sunday, March 26, when a new AXS TV special documenting a June 26 concert by the former Beatles drummer's All Starr Band will premiere. The show, which was filmed at the Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will air that night at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

The concert featured a hit-packed performance by the current All Starr Band lineup, which includes Todd Rundgren, founding Santana singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister frontman and bassist Richard Page, saxophonist Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

Among the many songs played at the show were such Beatles classics as "Yellow Submarine" and "With a Little Help from My Friends," the Starr solo hits "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen," Rundgren's "Bang the Drum All Day" and "I Saw the Light," Santana's "Evil Ways" and "Black Magic Woman," Toto's "Africa" and "Rosanna," and Mr. Mister's "Kyrie" and "Broken Wings."

In other news, Ringo has posted a video on his official YouTube channel of him hanging out recently will longtime Beatles friend Klaus Voormann, who first met Starr when he was playing with his pre-Fab Four group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes in Hamburg, Germany. In the clip, Ringo recalls that Klaus and his then-girlfriend, photographer Astrid Kirchherr, loved the song "Alley Oop," which Rory and the Hurricanes used to cover, "because you can sing it in any language." Voormann, who famously designed The Beatles' Revolver album cover, says in the video that he was always impressed by what a great drummer Starr was.

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Jennifer Nettles is "Front and Center" on new PBS show

ABC/Mark LevineIn December, Jennifer Nettles staged an all-out TV-takeover, starring in no less than three prime-time holiday specials, and it’s just a matter of days before the Sugarland front-woman will be back.

Jennifer stars in a new episode of PBS’s Front and Center, showcasing songs from her latest album, Playing with Fire. Taped during her CMA Songwriters Series performance at the Iridium in New York City, her set includes a guest spot from recent tourmate and frequent co-writer Brandy Clark, who does her own Grammy-nominated single, “Love Can Go to Hell.”

Roots musician Amos Lee also joins Jennifer to collaborate on “Very Last Country Song,” from Sugarland’s 2008 album, Love on the Inside.

Check your local listings to see when Jennifer’s episode airs as part of the seventh season of Front and Center on PBS.

In the meantime, you can preview the show on YouTube.

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Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Bobbie Gentry's smash "Ode to Billy Joe" was actually the B-side of the Mississippi native's debut single. Can you name the song her label originally believed would be the bigger hit? ANSWER:  "Mississippi Delta."

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Maroon 5 guitarist reveals secret to band's mass appeal

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Maroon 5's recent hit, "Don't Wanna Know," is #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, while their brand new single "Cold" is moving up the Adult Pop Songs chart and the Billboard Hot 100.  That means the band has fans across a number of different age groups -- and according to Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine, that's no accident.  

"That's one of the appeals of the band and the way we approach music," he tells ABC Radio about the fact that people of all ages seem to enjoy their songs. "You know, especially [singer] Adam [Levine] and [keyboardist Jesse [Carmichael], they were real fans of the Beatles, and [of] constructing really classic pop songs.  And I think those appeal to lots of different peoples across lots of different kinds of lines."

James says this mass appeal is especially evident at Maroon 5 concerts, when they can see for themselves how many kinds of people are in the crowd.

"Our audience just runs the spectrum," he says. "There's just all different types of people, there's not like a specific type of demographic, and that's one of the great things that we get to, there are all ages."

It's a contrast, James says, from 2001, when Maroon 5 first got together in its current incarnation.  Back then, their fans were mostly of a certain age.

"When we started, I guess it was kinda more of a college-aged audience," James laughs. "'Cause that was the only place where you could download music illegally, back in the day, so they were quick to discover us!"

Maroon 5 is expected to release a new album in the coming months.

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Jazmine Sullivan makes guest vocal appearance on new GoldLink track

Shane McCauleyJazmine Sullivan's golden vocals are featured on a funky new track by rapper GoldLink, called "Meditation."  

The song, which details GoldLink's complex relationship with an ex-lover, features Jazmine singing its chorus and bridge.  

"I wanna be more than homies/I wanna feel your body on me/I wanna be your lover, your lady/Just wanna be your baby/Your one and only," she sings. 

Kaytranada, who released a well-received remix of Solange's "Cranes in the Sky" last year, also produced "Meditation."  

An animated visual of the song is out now. 

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K.Flay gets "High Enough" on new track 

Night Street/Interscope RecordsK.Flay has shared a new track titled "High Enough," which will appear on her forthcoming album Every Where Is Some Where. You can listen to the song now on YouTube.

"There are so many songs out there about getting f***** up," K.Flay says in a statement. "I think a part of me was asking the question: 'What if I'm already high enough? What if I don't need anything but what I've got?' There are many moments in my life -- whether it's because of a person or a place -- that I don't want to feel altered or high or buzzed. I just want to feel exactly what I'm feeling."

Every Where Is Some Where will be released April 7. The album also features K.Flay's breakthrough single, "Blood in the Cut."

Here is the Every Where Is Some Where track list:

"Blood in the Cut"
"High Enough"
"Black Wave"
"Mean It"
"Hollywood Forever"
"The President Has a Sex Tape"
"It's Just a Lot"
"You Felt Right"
"Slow March"

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Ex-Derek and the Dominos member Bobby Whitlock hitting the road with wife, CoCo Carmel

Credit: Todd V WolfsonDerek and the Dominos co-founder Bobby Whitlock will hit the road again soon with his wife and longtime collaborator CoCo Carmel.

Dubbed The Sparkly Shoes Tour, the nine-date trek begins June 2 in Memphis, Tennessee, and runs through a July 1 show in Houston. The all-acoustic shows will focus on Derek and the Dominos songs written or co-written by Whitlock. Those tracks include "Bell Bottom Blues," "I Looked Away," "Keep on Growing," "Tell the Truth" and "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?," all co-written by Eric Clapton and included on the band's legendary 1970 studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The shows also feature tunes from Whitlock's work with Carmel.

On each date of the tour, pianist/guitarist Whitlock and singer/guitarist/saxophonist Carmel will be joined by a different local guitarist, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd, formerly of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

During his long career, Whitlock also has appeared on such albums as The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass. Carmel has performed with the likes of Dr. John, Billy Preston and Jon Bon Jovi. She and Whitlock, who most recently teamed up for the 2013 album Carnival, have been in the studio working on a new record.  

Here are Whitlock and Carmel's upcoming tour dates:

6/2 -- Memphis, TN, The Warehouse (guest guitarist Anthony Linden)
6/4 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery (guest guitarist Colin Linden)
6/6 -- Decatur, GA, Eddie's Attic (guest guitarist Moses Mo)
6/10 -- Shirley, MA, Bull Run (guest guitarist TBA)
6/11 -- Pawling, NY, Daryl's House (guest guitarist Ricky Byrd)
6/13 -- New York, NY, BB King Blues Club (guest guitarist Ricky Byrd)
6/14 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater (guest guitarist Lou Maresca)
6/16 -- Albany, NY, Swyer Theatre (guest guitarist TBA)
6/24 -- Denton, TX, Dan’s Silverleaf (guest guitarist TBA)
7/1 -- Houston, TX, McGonigels Mucky Duck (guest guitarist Nick Michael Taylor)

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My Morning Jacket schedules summer headlining tour 

Jim James of My Morning Jacket; Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesMy Morning Jacket has announced a run of U.S. headlining tour dates this summer. The Louisville rockers will hit the road starting June 22 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will wrap things up August 12 in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Members of MMJ's Roll Call fan club will have access to a pre-sale for tickets beginning Tuesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, March 17. For all ticket info, visit

My Morning Jacket will be touring in continued support of their latest album, 2015's The Waterfall.

Here are My Morning Jacket's summer tour dates:

6/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
6/23 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
6/24 -- Rothbury, MI, Electric Forest Music Festival
7/7 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre
7/8 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/9 -- Raleigh, NC, The Red Hat Amphitheater
7/11 -- Portland, ME, Thompson's Point
7/12 -- Shelburne, VT, The Green at Shelburne Museum
7/14 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/15 -- Queens, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
8/10 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live!
8/11 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival
8/12 -- North Adams, MA, MASS MoCa

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Sister Sledge's Joni Sledge dead at 60

Andreas Rentz/Getty ImageJoni Sledge, one of four Philadelphia siblings in Sister Sledge, has died, her family announced.  Sledge died Friday, March 10 of undisclosed causes. She was 60.

Sister Sledge dominated Billboard's Dance chart in 1979 with three straight number-one hits written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic -- including "We Are Family" and "He's the Greatest," each of which also made the pop top 10.

"We Are Family" also became the theme song for the 1979 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

The group also reached the top of the pop chart in the U.K. in 1985 with "Frankie" which featured Rodgers returning to produce the group.

“Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. Pray for us as we weep for the loss of our sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin Joni Sledge. We thank you for privacy as we hurt for her presence, but also for embracing her radiance and the sincerity with which she loved life,” the family said in a statement.

On Saturday, Rodgers remembered Joni in a series of tweets.  "Joni said it: 'I won't give up my music. Not me, not now no way, no how,'" he wrote with the hashtag #RIPJoniSledge. 

He also shared a vintage picture of himself, Edwards and Sister Sledge in the studio writing, "The Recording Session That Changed Our Lives - #WeAreFamily #RIPJoniSlegde #RIPBernardEdwards Miss you for the rest of my days."

Joni is survived by a son Thaddeus, and her sisters Debbie Sledge, Kim Sledge and Kathy Sledge.

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Pearl Jam plans to invite all five drummers who played with the band to Rock Hall ceremony

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesWhen Pearl Jam is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, two drummers will be going in as part of the band -- current drummer Matt Cameron and original drummer Dave Krusen -- but not three other drummers who played with the band during its career -- Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons

But apparently Pearl Jam intends to invite all five drummers to the induction ceremony in Brooklyn on April 7, even if only two are actually being enshrined.

In a handwritten note posted to Twitter on Saturday, the band writes, "We do feel fortunate to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years."

"Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs," the band continues. "Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill."

Pearl Jam also gave a shout-out to members of two band who were eligible but did not earn induction this year -- Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and ailing Bad Brains frontman H.R. "Have to say wich H.R. and Perry Farrell were gonna be there too," the note read.

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Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes and Selena Gomez are winners at 2017 Kids' Choice Awards

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesThe Kids' Choice Awards arrived with a green splat Saturday night inside the University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Hollywood's biggest stars -- including host John Cena, Demi Lovato and Kevin Hart -- ended up covered in slime.

It was a special night, special enough to reunite exes:  Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon dressed like their 5-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan, and Seal and Heidi Klum turned the awards show into a family affair, bringing their four children together.

And it was the one awards show this season where Adele was beaten out by Selena Gomez.  It was also a good night for Fifth Harmony who took home two awards -- for Favorite Music Group and Favorite Song for "Work from Home."

Here are the winners in the music categories who took home the miniature orange blimp:

Favorite Music Group
Fifth Harmony

Favorite Male Singer
Shawn Mendes

Favorite Female Singer
Selena Gomez

Favorite Song
"Work from Home" — Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign

Favorite New Artist
Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Music Video
"Juju on That Beat" — Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall

Favorite DJ/EDM Artist
Calvin Harris

Favorite Soundtrack
Suicide Squad

Favorite Viral Music Artist
JoJo Siwa

Favorite Global Music Star
Little Mix (U.K.)

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Snoop Dogg's new video touches on police killings, "Ronald Klump" clown president

ABC/Randy HolmesSnoop Dogg's cinematic and topical new video, "Lavender," features a nation of clowns, a commercial for Snoop Loops breakfast cereal, a riff on the fatal police shooting of Minnesota man Philando Castile that was captured live by his girlfriend on Facebook and a clown president named Ronald Klump ending up in chains after calling a press conference to announce the deportation of all dogs. 

The video, which features actor Michael Rappaport, is the brainchild of Jesse Wellens, the man behind the popular PrankvsPrank YouTube channel, on which the video premiered Sunday.

Snoop tells Billboard Wellens pitched him the idea for the visual at a video game event both were attending last October.  The rapper didn't even have a song to go with it yet, but inspired by the pitch, went home and completed the song to the backing of Badbadnotgood and Kaytranda's "Lavender."

 "I had never had a song like that, so when I got back to the studio, I started skimming through beats, and that particular beat just seemed on the same page to get me going, so I wrote the whole song [to it]," Snoop tells the magazine.

"The whole world is clownin’ around, and [Jesse’s] concept is so right on point with the art direction and the reality, because if you really look at some of these motherf******, they are clowns," Snoop says of the visual.

"It’s a lot of clown s*** going on that we could just sit and talk on the phone all day about, but it’s a few issues that we really wanted to lock into [for the video] like police, the president and just life in general," says the rapper.

"Lavender" will appear on Snoop's upcoming album, Never Left, which he says could be out as early as May.

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