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R.E.M. to Trump, Other Pols: 'Go F–k Yourselves' for Using Our Music

Hours after Survivor co-founder Frankie Sullivan chastised Mike Huckabee for an unauthorized use of the band’s “Eye of the Tiger” at a campaign rally, R.E.M. issued a public rebuke against politicians who use their music without permission.

“Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe said (via bassist Mike Mills’ Twitter page). “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”

The statement was in response to Donald Trump using one of the group’s songs at a Washington, D.C. rally Wednesday afternoon. Trump and fellow presidential nominee Ted Cruz appeared together at the rally to lambast President Obama and the recent nuclear deal with Iran alongside Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. During his intro, Trump came out to R.E.M.’s 1987 hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” presumably to reinforce his thoughts on the effects of the Iran deal.

After the rally, Mills took to Twitter to write, “Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.” He added, “The R.E.M. statement will be regarding Trump’s use of our song. Nothing more than that!”

Shortly after, the band issued a statement condemning the use of their music at political events, but asking fans to look at the “bigger picture.” 

“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here,” the band wrote. “The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”

A spokesperson for Trump was not immediately available for comment.

This isn’t Trump’s first controversy with musicians this year. In June, the Rolling Stone cover star used Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” to kick off his presidential campaign, sparking condemnation from the musician.

“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” a spokesperson for the rocker’s Lookout Management said at the time. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.” The Trump campaign agreed to stop using Young’s music in the future. It is unclear if the campaign will continue to use R.E.M.’s music.

Live Nation Entertainment nombra a Carrie Davis Directora Principal de Comunicaciones

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Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton Talk Surprise CMA Nominations

“This is the best day ever,” Kelsea Ballerini announces to Rolling Stone Country, a few hours after she helped reveal the nominees for the 49th CMA Awards this morning in New York City. Ballerini, who scored her first Number One with debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It” in July, is nominated for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. As an artist who just released her first album in May, recognition in the latter category is a big deal — and also one of the day’s two biggest surprises. The other is the strong showing of Chris Stapleton, who landed nominations for Album of the Year for his debut Traveller, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist. The fact that both the outlaw-minded Stapleton and the pop-country dance-happy chanteuse are nominated together in the New Artist category speaks to the genre’s increasingly broad scope.

But Ballerini contends it’s not strange that she and her polar opposite Stapleton, whose album she calls “amazing,” would share space in the New Artist race, alongside equally diverse nominees Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae and Thomas Rhett. “Country music is in such a unique and special spot right now,” she says. “My theory is the root of a country artist is truth and honesty. For me, I look at Sam Hunt. The truth and the honest thing is we have southern roots, we were raised in a southern way, but we listen to Drake and other stuff too. It was important for me to establish myself as that. I was raised on a farm in East Tennessee, and my first concert was Britney Spears. It’s my job as a country music artist to be honest about that.

Stapleton, who, like Sturgill Simpson, has been cast by country purists as a protector of the genre’s traditions, echoes Ballerini’s pursuit of honest music but dismisses any suggestion that today’s honor is somehow a sign that his more rootsy, twangy songs like “Might As Well Get Stoned” and “Whiskey and You” will upend pop-country. There’s room for all of it, he says.

“Do I think I’m striking some kind of blow against the system? No, not at all. Do I think I’m doing what is hopefully authentic to me and things I like to do? Yes. In that regard, maybe [my music] doesn’t sound like something else that is going on right now, but I always hope it will be,” Stapleton tells Rolling Stone Country. “Mainly, I’m just trying to make music that I like. I had no expectations, and I still don’t completely comprehend or understand the events of this morning. But I’m grateful for it.”

Gratitude for the country music community may be the biggest common denominator between the two artists. Ballerini says she received congratulatory texts from Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Dustin Lynch, while Stapleton — who learned of his nominations while taking his kids to school with wife Morgane — fielded calls and texts from peers like Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town until nearly noon today. 

“Relationships and making real friends in and out of the music industry is important to me,” says Ballerini, who announced the nominations on Good Morning America with Steven Tyler. “Hopefully it was my friends that wanted me to have these nominations. But also too, it was so cool to be able to tell my friends, like Maddie & Tae, that they were nominated today. That’s what it’s all about — it’s a community.”

Just don’t suggest it’s a competition to Stapleton.

“Music is not a game to me. I take it very seriously,” he says. “I don’t know if we’re competing. I don’t look at it that way. To some degree, you’re competing for people to want to buy your music, but that’s where it ends for me. As long as people are buying music, it’s good for everybody. Country music is one of those places where we support each other and prop each other up. Certainly that’s what I’m feeling today.”

The 49th CMA Awards air November 4th on ABC.

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Songwriter Poo Bear: Justin Bieber's New Album Is His 'Thriller'

Songwriter Jason Boyd, better known as Poo Bear, has seen Justin Bieber through the entirety of his fourth studio album, out November 13 — an LP he assures is the pop superstar’s best. Boyd, a longtime collaborator, was there for Bieber in the days when the world loved to hate him, working with him on 2013’s Journals.

“It was a trying time but we made it through, and he definitely matured, which leads us to this new album,” Boyd says. “It’s incredible. And if I had to compare it to something, not the sound of it but the impact and amount of songs that are undeniable, I would have to compare it to Thriller.”

Poo Bear has helped Bieber stage a comeback that’s nothing short of amazing, co-writing the lyrics for Jack Ü’s “Where Are Ü Now,” which became Bieber’s first Top 10 release since 2012, and his new single, “What Do You Mean?” which broke Spotify’s first-week record with 21 million streams and recently debuted atop the Hot 100.

When they first met at rapper Lil Twist’s birthday party in 2013, Boyd figured that they were from two different worlds. A songwriter of 20-plus years, 36-year-old Boyd wrote R&B hits like 112’s “Peaches and Cream” and won a Grammy for Usher’s “Caught Up.” But the pop star soon had him on the road while touring for Believe. What started as messing around, like flipping the acoustic guitar loop in Craig David’s “Fill Me In” for kicks, turned into sessions where they wrote the majority of the digital download-only, Eighties- and Nineties-R&B-inspired Journals.

Boyd’s solo work had inspired the young star to revisit the more patient R&B he grew up listening to, from Boyz II Men to Ne-Yo.

“There would be times where I would bring up, like ‘Hey, can we do some EDM, a little electronica with a hint of R&B?'” says Boyd. “He’d be like, ‘No, I want to sing R&B.’ In the back of my mind I’m like, ‘Man. I’m working with the biggest pop star in the world, and we’re doing R&B.’ I love R&B because it got me to where I am today, but at the same time R&B just doesn’t sell.”

Based on the small team of producers they formed, Bieber’s fourth album may strike a balance in the sounds that Boyd was craving. Skrillex and Diplo assist here. So do the Audibles, the hip-hop production duo featured in Journals, and Andre Harris, one half of neo-soul architects Dre and Vidal. Kanye West and Rick Rubin also contribute, though a small amount.

“We just really wanted that influence — a hint of it to rub off on the music,” Boyd says. “I can’t say that they played a huge role in the album, but it was just, like, pieces of them.”

Boyd says that he has topped himself as a songwriter with Bieber’s latest, in large part because of the subject matter. The two of them had similar upbringings, having been raised as Christians by single mothers. But Boyd also saw Bieber turn 21 in public, which had critics lambasting him for arrests and mischief. As a result, Boyd says, Bieber’s new music can be instructive.

 “We recorded a lot of songs, 103 songs, over the past couple of years,” he says, “just making sure that everything is in the direction we want to stay in, which is uplifting music, real-world music. This is so the world can understand: ‘If you’re going through what I went through, this is what I did to get through my problems.’ Justin always wanted to be that light, that example. And we really hit it with this album.

“You’ll get to hear him really get intimate with things that he went through in his life in the last couple of years, so that people can understand him, kind of like with ‘Human Nature,’ says Boyd. “Big, powerful records that everyone can listen to. This album is so inspirational.”

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