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Thursday
Oct082015

Selena Gomez Disappointed She's Become a "Tabloid Story"

Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesSelena Gomez has overcome a lot in recent years, but she says her time is now -- and she's earned it.

She addresses her personal life, and criticism she's received from the public, in an interview with Billboard. As an example of one challenge she's faced, she discusses her battle with lupus.

“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," the 23-year-old pop star says. Regarding false rumors about her 2014 "break," she adds, “I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a*******.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”

More recently, Selena says she was affected by negative comments from body shamers. "I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight," she notes. "That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying. When somebody else has your self-esteem in their hands ...”   

She tells Billboard the "hate" motivates her: "I'm so f***ing nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was seven. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story."

Selena can still count on her good friends, like Taylor Swift, whom she says makes her feel empowered and helps her trust others. "All of those girls are so dope. We ran around taking pictures, changing dresses, dancing -- super-cliche girly stuff, but it rocked. The way she cares about women is so adamant. It’s pulling me out of my shell," she says of Taylor and her squad.

When asked if she's inspired by her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber turning over a new leaf, she replied, "No. This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."

Billboard's cover story regarding Selena will be released Thursday. Her new album, Revival, drops the next day.

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Thursday
Oct082015

Frank Zappa's Widow, Gail, Dies at Age 70

Gail & Frank Zappa in 1968; Stark-Otto/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesFrank Zappa's widow, Gail Zappa, died peacefully Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 70.

A statement from the Zappa Family Trust notes Gail "enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband's creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century.  In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists.

"While she conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grand dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality," the statement continues. "Gail, self-described as a pagan absurdist, was motivated by love in all aspects of her life, kept her authenticity intact, unbowed and, simply put, was one bad a** in the music business and political world."

The statement concludes, "Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon. But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and artists, often one in the same.  The memories she leaves behind are indeed her own art form. Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake."

Frank and Gail married in 1967 and had four kids together -- Diva, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Moon.

Frank died of prostate cancer in 1993 at age 52.

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Thursday
Oct082015

New Tom Petty Biography Reveals He Battled Heroin Addiction

Paul R. Giunta/Getty ImagesA new Tom Petty biography reveals the rocker was a heroin addict during the 1990s, but has kept it a secret until now.

Biographer Warren Zanes notes that Petty was reluctant to publicly discuss his addiction, telling The Washington Post, "The first thing [Petty] said to me on the subject is, 'I am very concerned that talking about this is putting a bad example out there for young people.  If anyone is going to think heroin is an option because they know my story of using heroin, I can't do this.'"

Zanes adds, "I just had to work with him and say, 'I think you're going to come off as a cautionary tale rather than a romantic tale.'"

Asked how someone in his 40s and 50s -- Petty's age at the time -- would become an addict, the writer explained, "He's a rock and roller.  He had had encounters with people who did heroin, and he hit a point in his life when he did not know what to do with the pain he was feeling."

The book, Petty: A Biography, identifies one of those people as Howie Epstein, who played bass in Petty's band The Heartbreakers and died from a heroin overdose in 2003.  Zanes writes, "The fact was, Petty's drug use was partially obscured by Howie Epstein’s more dramatic decline," according to Entertainment Weekly.

"I probably spent a month not getting out of bed, just waking up and going, 'Oh, f***,'" Petty admits in the biography.  "The only thing that stopped the pain was drugs.  But it was stupid.  I'd never come up against anything that was bigger than me, something that I couldn't control.  But it starts running your life...I'm lucky I came through.  Not everyone does."

Petty: The Biography arrives November 10.

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Thursday
Oct082015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMaddie & Tae say their favorite inspirational song is "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack, who they call "our absolute favorite."

Rascal Flatts will debut their new single, "I Like the Sound of That," on NBC's Today Friday morning.

Carrie Underwood will celebrate the release of her new album, Storyteller, on October 23, by performing on NBC's Today show. She's expected to perform her single, "Smoke Break."

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Thursday
Oct082015

Lionel Richie Supports New Tuskegee Airmen Documentary

Alan SilfenLionel Richie is supporting a 27-minute documentary short called The Tuskegee Airmen: Sacrifice and Triumph, about the first African-American fighter pilots.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer held a private screening in his Beverly Hills house with 20 guests, including an original Tuskegee Airman, earlier this month.  "I made a few phone calls, even though it was very last-minute," says Richie about his screening, which he believes deserves he attention of Oscar voters.

After supporting the 2012 feature Red Tails, Lionel feels the film's history should be taught in schools around the country.  "You can't settle. There's a young generation coming along that I want to know that the fiber of America has black people in it. We made major contributions in this country," he says.

When asked how he would respond if the film did win an Oscar, Richie says with a laugh: "I'm rushing the stage! What are you talking about? Are you kidding me?"

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Thursday
Oct082015

Maroon 5 Earns Fifth Platinum Album for More "Mature, Grown-Up" Disc 

222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5's fifth album, V, came out just over a year ago, and it's just officially been certified platinum for sales of one million copies.  It's the band's fifth disc to reach at least that sales level.  While hits from the album like "Animals," "Sugar" and "Maps" are classic Maroon 5, guitarist James Valentine says digging a little deeper reveals a different side of the band.

"They're a little bit more mature, maybe a little bit more grown up," James tells ABC Radio about some of the album tracks, including the Gwen Stefani duet "My Heart Is Open."  He adds, "There’s something about it that reminds me of some ‘80s pop that was still very catchy, very radio ready but somehow a little more grown up in the themes and even in some of the sophistication of the music."

In fact, James says that some of the songs on V remind him of "Peter Gabriel or ‘80s Genesis or something, which I am a huge fan of. You know, the Invisible Touch record." 

As you may recall, that album featured the #1 title track, as well as the singles "In Too Deep," "Throwing It All Away," "Tonight Tonight Tonight" and "Land of Confusion."

Thematically, many of the songs on the album are a departure from previous Maroon 5 hits about dysfunctional or unhappy relationships, like "Misery" or "Payphone" -- they're actually happy love songs, some presumably inspired by Adam Levine's relationship with his wife Behati Prinsloo

"It’s not all heartache and heartbreak," James laughs. "You know, sometimes it is rainbows and butterflies, to quote a Maroon 5 song!"  

Other new certifications for the past month include Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" and "Bad Blood," which are eight times and four times platinum respectively; Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," which has gone double platinum; and OMI's "Cheerleader," which is triple platinum.

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Thursday
Oct082015

John Fogerty Says He Hopes New Memoir Will Help Fans Understand His Conflicts with His CCR Band Mates

Little, Brown and CompanyJohn Fogerty's autobiography, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, was published this week, and in it, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman tells the story of his famous band, the harrowing years he spent following its breakup, and his eventual reemergence as an acclaimed solo artist and a blissfully happy family man.

Much of the book focuses on Fogerty's conflicts with his CCR band mates and his post-breakup legal battles with the head of Fantasy Records, Saul Zaentz, whom John felt had treated him unfairly with regard to his music royalties, among many other issues.

Fogerty tells ABC Radio that writing the book certainly was cathartic for him, but he stresses that that wasn't his main motivation in putting the memoir together.

"It was more, for me, finally to get it down on paper in a concise way that I could understand first, and that I felt that a reader, a fan certainly could read the story," he explains.  "What their judgment about it [is] will be left to them, of course, but at least [they will] be able to see what I was dealing with and why perhaps I felt the way I did."

Fogerty says he felt that now was the right time for him to write the memoir, since he's at an extremely contented place in his life, thanks to his relationship with his wife, Julie.

"Julie is my love, and we have great kids, and so the place where I live daily is a really happy and I really don't have that anger or bitterness consuming me anymore," he notes.  "So, it seems like you can talk about things sort of in a straight-ahead way without being all caught up in emotions about it."

As he discusses in the book, Fogerty struggled to find the inspiration to write new music after CCR broke up, in part because he felt that most of the money his songs would earn would end up in Zaentz's pocket.  For that same reason, John decided to stop performing Creedence songs in concert.  He also struggled with alcohol abuse and depression during this time, what he refers to as his "dark period."

"It felt for many years [like I was] dealing with things that I was powerless to change," says John, referring to his legal battles with Zaentz.  "It was such a forlorn feeling."

Thankfully, his life began to turn around after meeting Julie during the 1980s.  Still, it took until 1997 before he finally started to regularly play his classic Creedence tunes live.

He tells ABC Radio that, these days, he enjoys performing his old music more than ever, especially because he sees how much it means to his fans.

"It's just a really neat thing to get to share it together," he says.  "I mean, in my heart of hearts I realize how very lucky I am that I survived long enough that it got to turn out this way."

For CCR fans, some of the most interesting segments in Fortunate Son are likely to be Fogerty's detailed descriptions on how he wrote such classic tunes like "Proud Mary."

"It seemed natural to talk about how music relates to me.  How songs get created," Fogerty explains.  So to talk about how I would write a song, and certainly even a particular song, I thought was at least another view of me that a person might like to know about."

Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music is available now at a wide variety of retail stores and online booksellers.

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Thursday
Oct082015

Joe Budden Is Excited About Releasing New Album, "All Love Lost"

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In less than two weeks, Joe Budden will release his third studio album, All Love Lost, which includes the lead single, "Broke." The rapper tells ABC Radio the new album is a culmination of something he's been working on for a while.

"All Love Lost is the end of a trilogy and I'm excited about it. I'm very proud of this body of work," he says.  "I'm real anxious for people to hear and it's just discussing many different relationships and many different capacities and all the emotional roller coasters that go along with it."

The rapper, who delivered his last album, No Love Lost, in 2013 adds that fans can expect strong lyrics on his new effort. "It's very detailed," he says, "a lot of storytelling, real graphic and in-depth."

After more than a decade in the industry, it's hard to believe that his upcoming effort is only his third studio effort as a solo recording artist. So when will he hang up his mic? "When I don't have anymore to say, when I'm no longer passionate, then I'm going to stop. That can be tomorrow, that can be 10 years from now, I honestly couldn't call it," he says. "I still get inspired, like, I'll hear a great beat and words come to my mind, but the day  where I'm no longer inspired and I hear no words, I'm hanging it up, man."

All Love Lost, which includes guest appearances from Marsha Ambrosius and Jadakiss, will be released on October 16. The set is available for pre-order now.

In related news, Joe is scheduled to begin his North American outing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on October 30.

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Thursday
Oct082015

X Ambassadors Ends WALK THE MOON's Record-Breaking Run Atop Billboard's Hot Rock Songs Chart

Credit: Natalia MantiniX Ambassadors' single "Renegades" has stopped WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance" from dancing to another record-breaking week atop Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. "Renegades" has taken the number-one spot on the chart from "Shut Up and Dance," which had spent 27 straight weeks at number one.

WALK THE MOON's 27-week run atop Hot Rock Songs was the longest streak on the chart since it launched in 2009. The original record of 23 weeks was set by Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" in 2013, and was tied earlier this year by Hozier's "Take Me to Church." "Shut Up and Dance" dethroned "Take Me to Church" in April and broke the record in September.

X Ambassadors had their own impressive chart run over the summer as well: "Renegades" spent 11 straight weeks at number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

"Renegades" is a single from X Ambassadors' debut album, VHS. The band's tour in support of VHS continues October 9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Thursday
Oct082015

Black Stone Cherry Begins Recording New Album

Credit: Greg WatermannBlack Stone Cherry has returned to the studio. The Kentucky band has begun work on their fifth album, their first since 2014's Magic Mountain.

"We're recording in our hometown with the same engineer we recorded our first album [2006's Black Stone Cherry] with, so needless to say, that mojo will be back in action and the riffs will tear you up!" writes the band on Facebook. "See you all on tour with a whole new BSC very soon!"

Black Stone Cherry will be spending the beginning of 2016 touring the U.K. alongside Halestorm, Shinedown and Highly Suspect as a part of the Carnival of Madness tour, which kicks off in January.

If you need a Black Stone Cherry fix as they work on their currently untitled album, the band will be releasing a live Blu-ray/DVD called Thank You: Livin' Live, which was filmed at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The film will be released on October 30, exactly one year after the performance it documents took place.

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Thursday
Oct082015

Country Newcomer Cam Connecting with Fans Thanks to Personal Debut Hit, "Burning House"

Sony Music NashvilleCam wrote her debut hit, "Burning House," based on a dream she had about seeing an old love for the first time in a while. Since it comes from such a personal place, it's no wonder fans are really passionate about the song.

Cam says, "People run up to me after shows, and it’s like we’re already friends, kind of, because their stories are my stories, and they say, ‘Oh, my gosh, I just broke up with someone, and "Burning House” -- I’ve listened to it 10 times, and this is my story.'”

Luckily, Cam is in a much better romantic place now. She recently announced her engagement to Adam Weaver.

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Thursday
Oct082015

"Nashville" Recap: How Can I Help You Say Goodbye

ABCOn Wednesday's Nashville, Scarlett O'Conner made the decision to take her mother, Beverly, off life support, which didn't sit well with Beverly's brother -- Scarlett's uncle Deacon Claybourne. Scarlett was in the room alone as Beverly died at the end of the episode. Deacon chose to grieve alone in the bedroom he had set up for Beverly to come home to after she got better.

Juliette Barnes continued her hard-partying ways on the road as her husband, Avery Barkley, started divorce proceedings back home in Nashville. Juliette's tour mate, Luke Wheeler, gave her a cautionary tale about abandoning his wife and kids for life as a country star. It didn't seem to work, though. Juliette was downing champagne with a friend right after that pep talk.

Will Lexington faced heat from some gay members of the Nashville music community for not doing more with his status as an out country singer. Will's boyfriend, songwriter Kevin Bicks, backed them up but understood when Will said he needed more time to adjust to being an out gay man.

Mayor Teddy Conrad came clean to his daughters, Maddie and Daphne, about embezzling money from the government. He decided to plead guilty to the charges and will most likely spend several years behind bars.

Nashville returns next Wednesday night on ABC.

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Thursday
Oct082015

Chicago, The Cars, Cheap Trick Among 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Rock and Roll Hall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 nominees for induction, and they run the musical gamut from Chaka Khan and Chicago to Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A. 

The nominees for induction for the class of 2016 are:

The Cars
Chaka Khan
Chicago
Cheap Trick
Chic
Deep Purple
The J.B.'s
Janet Jackson
Los Lobos
Steve Miller
N.W.A.
Nine Inch Nails
The Smiths
The Spinners
Yes

To be eligible for nomination, the 2016 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1990.

The Hall notes that ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians, and members of the music industry, but once again, fans will have their say. Starting Thursday and continuing through December 9, 2015, they can cast their votes for their favorite nominees as RockHall.com. The five acts with the most votes will make up a virtual "fans' ballot" that will be compiled with the others. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 inductees will be announced in December. The official induction ceremony will be held in New York in April 2016, and broadcast later in the year on HBO.  

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Thursday
Oct082015

Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, N.W.A. Among 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Rock and Roll Hall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 nominees for induction, and they run the musical gamut from Chaka Khan and Chicago to Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A. 

The nominees for induction for the class of 2016 are:

The Cars
Chaka Khan
Chicago
Cheap Trick
Chic
Deep Purple
The J.B.'s
Janet Jackson
Los Lobos
Steve Miller
N.W.A.
Nine Inch Nails
The Smiths
The Spinners
Yes

To be eligible for nomination, the 2016 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1990.

The Hall notes that ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians, and members of the music industry, but once again, fans will have their say. Starting Thursday and continuing through December 9, 2015, they can cast their votes for their favorite nominees as RockHall.com. The five acts with the most votes will make up a virtual "fans' ballot" that will be compiled with the others. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 inductees will be announced in December. The official induction ceremony will be held in New York in April 2016, and broadcast later in the year on HBO.  

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Thursday
Oct082015

Janet Jackson, N.W.A., Chaka Khan Among 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Rock and Roll Hall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 nominees for induction, and they run the musical gamut from Chaka Khan and Chicago to Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A. 

The nominees for induction for the class of 2016 are:

The Cars
Chaka Khan
Chicago
Cheap Trick
Chic
Deep Purple
The J.B.'s
Janet Jackson
Los Lobos
Steve Miller
N.W.A.
Nine Inch Nails
The Smiths
The Spinners
Yes

To be eligible for nomination, the 2016 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1990.

The Hall notes that ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians, and members of the music industry, but once again, fans will have their say. Starting Thursday and continuing through December 9, 2015, they can cast their votes for their favorite nominees as RockHall.com. The five acts with the most votes will make up a virtual "fans' ballot" that will be compiled with the others. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 inductees will be announced in December. The official induction ceremony will be held in New York in April 2016, and broadcast later in the year on HBO.  

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Wednesday
Oct072015

Eminem Grants 10-Year-Old Amputee Fan's Wish

Jeremy DeputatThis 10-year-old boy from England has a leg up on every other Eminem fan. Teejay Stainer, an amputee, had his prosthetic legs customized with photos of the rapper and his one wish was for Eminem to see them. According to the U.K.’s Daily Echo, his wish was granted.

Teejay’s parents had posted a Facebook photo of their son holding a sign that read, “These are my Eminem legs I’ve had made. My wish is for Eminem to see them.”

The image was shared across social media and eventually made its way to Eminem himself. The rapper reportedly sent the boy a package that included a signed copy of his Recovery album and a message that read, “To Teejay, I saw your pic and read your message! Thanks for the support!”

"I just wanted to thank him for getting me through the difficult times and show him how dedicated I am,” the boy tells the Daily Echo. “I think he sent me that album in particular because of the recovery that I've made."

Teejay was born with a bone condition that required him to have his lower right leg amputated.

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Wednesday
Oct072015

SWV Releases Video for “Ain’t No Man”

Mass Appeal Entertainment/eOne MusicBack in August, SWV released a brand-new song called "Ain't No Man," the lead single from their forthcoming album, arriving later this fall. Now, the trio has unveiled an accompanying video.

In the clip, posted on YouTube, Coko, Lelee and Taj are surrounded by a lineup of real men wearing black suits.  "Yep, he know he got a queen, now ladies if you know you got a king say with me now/Ain't no man like the one I got," they declare in the hook.

Their upcoming album, Still, is scheduled to be released on November 30.

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Wednesday
Oct072015

Omarion Releases New Single, "Sweet Anita"

Image Courtesy Matthew Welch/Atlantic RecordsAfter announcing that his girlfriend is pregnant with their second child, Omarion has released a new baby-making song called "Sweet Anita."

The singer shows off his vocal range as he sings in falsetto over the sparse production, cooing: "Temperatures are warm, how'd you get me warm?/ Girl I need your love, pull me into your storm/ Cause I want your rain to fall on my face."

"Sweet Anita" is great example of what Omarion is serving up on his forthcoming album, Reasons, due out October 23. “This is just a different body of work,” he told VIBE of the follow-up to last year’s Sex Playlist. “This is me in my transformation phase coming off of ‘Post to Be’ and Sex Playlist. Sex Playlist was like the birth of creation. I think it’s my most important album because prior to ‘Post to Be’ and its success, a lot of people were sleep.”

The song can be streamed or downloaded via SoundCloud now.

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Wednesday
Oct072015

Tori Kelly Revamps the Pepsi Jingle for Cola Brand's New Ad

ABC/Randy Holmes Pepsi has found its latest spokeswoman: Tori Kelly. The singer stars in a new ad for the cola brand, becoming the first artist to sing the iconic “Joy of Pepsi” jingle since Britney Spears did it 15 years ago.

"It's pretty surreal," Tori tells Billboard. "I remember the Britney Spears [spot], who I didn't realize was the last artist to sing this particular jingle for Pepsi -- that was 15 years ago. Just trying to be the follow-up for that is a pretty big deal and a huge honor. Remembering all the artists who have been a part of Pepsi -- it's really cool to be kind of like the next one."

Artists who have represented Pepsi include everyone from Michael Jackson to Nicki Minaj.

In Tori's particular commercial, which premiered on Billboard today, she sings the Pepsi jingle on the subway and gets all of her fellow passengers to join in. She says she was given creative freedom to revamp the tune her own way.

"I didn't know what to expect, really, when it came down to what they would want as far as the music side of it," she says, "so the fact that they gave me creative freedom to put my spin on the song was really cool. It felt good to just completely make it my own."

The new ad debuts on television during tonight’s episode of Empire on Fox.

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Wednesday
Oct072015

Chris Brown Previews New Music on Instagram

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Chris Brown is letting fans hear some new music.

The singer took to Instagram to post three videos, all previewing a new '80s-inspired song that he's been working on.

In the clips, Brown dons dark shades and a white hat while singing along with a track: "She only loves me when the lights are on/ She only loves me because I put it down/ And that's fine by me."

The funky tune could make its way onto Breezy's upcoming album, Royalty, named after his daughter. Brown's next project will include "Zero" and "Liquor" and its slated to arrive later this year.

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