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Kanye West 911 call: 'Don't let him get any weapons,' dispatcher says

Prior to his nine-day hospitalization in Los Angeles, rapper Kanye West exhibited signs that something may have been wrong with him.

After several onstage rants, the prolific rapper abruptly canceled the rest of his cross-country tour and retreated to his home.

Shorty after the tour was called off, a personal altercation led West’s doctor to call for backup.

On Thursday, the doctor's heavily redacted 911 call was released. During the call, he asks for police backup after determining that medical first responders may not be fully equipped to handle the situation.

>> Listen to the call here

“I’m one of his doctors, request if we could have some police backup,” the doctor says in a recording published by TMZ, the Los Angeles TimesKABC and other outlets.

“He definitely is going to need to be hospitalized.”

Rumors have abounded about what caused West’s hospitalization, and the doctor's explanation is redacted from the phone call.

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Whatever his condition may have been, a 911 dispatcher warns the caller to make sure West stays away from things that could harm him.

“Don’t let him get any weapons or anything like that," the dispatcher says.

West was reportedly released from the hospital last week.

Country artist Granger Smith breaks ribs after stage fall

Country music artist Granger Smith was able to continue performing after falling from a stage in New Jersey, but was later hospitalized.

A spokeswoman said in a statement Smith shared on Twitter that he fell while singing at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville on Friday night.

Smith was being treated for two broken ribs and a punctured and partially collapsed lung.

Smith was standing on an audio monitor when it gave way and he fell into a metal barricade. He got back up and continued performing.

He says he took a pretty hard spill but hopes to be out of the hospital soon to head home to his family in Texas.

Shows this weekend in North Carolina and Texas were canceled. Information about future shows will be released later.

More than cookie sellers, Girl Scouts enter music industry

The Girl Scouts of the USA are used to making you smile with sweet cookies, but now they're hoping to soothe your ears with sweet music.

The organization announced Thursday that they've recorded an original song for the first time, featuring backup vocals from actual Girl Scouts.

"Watch Me Shine" was written by Liz Rose, who has won Grammys for her work with Taylor Swift and Little Big Town, and Emily Shackleton, who sings lead on the song.

The track is being used in a Girl Scouts PSA called "I'm Prepared," which praises girls for being leaders, problem solvers and innovators.

It's available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Music. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Girl Scouts organization.



"Watch Me Shine" song:

Review: Massive Kate Bush album a concert series souvenir

Kate Bush gives fans an exquisite souvenir with "Before the Dawn," a massive live album taken from her series of 22 concerts in 2014.

With tantalizingly few chart hits and dominated by two conceptual collections, the triple album conjures its magic spells with Bush's powerfully expressive voice, her captivating songs and the integrity of an artistic vision that nurtures and challenges the imagination.

By all accounts, her residency at London's Hammersmith Odeon two years ago was both a musical and a visual delight. "Before the Dawn" reproduces only the sounds — it seems no video release is planned — but still effectively captures the emotions and the thrill of the performances.

While ignoring her first four albums — which means no "Wuthering Heights" or "Babooshka" — the first disc is a superior opening with highlights like "Hounds of Love," ''Lily" and "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)."

The second disc is "The Ninth Wave," once side two of the "Hounds of Love" album, about a woman adrift in the ocean waiting to be rescued. The third disc includes "A Sky of Honey," the second half of 2005's "Aerial," a journey through a summer day. "Cloudbusting" is the graceful, triumphant closer.

Bush's son, Albert "Bertie" McIntosh, sings some leads and has a couple of duets with his mother on disc three. Some dialogue and longer musical passages remind listeners that, onstage, there was something more going on.

The album is officially credited to The KT Fellowship and, unsurprisingly, superior musicianship is provided by the likes of Omar Hakim, John Giblin and David Rhodes.

Shunning overdubs or re-recordings, "Before the Dawn" sounds preciously, powerfully alive.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Top Songs

1. Starboy (feat. Daft Punk), The Weeknd

2. Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane), Rae Sremmurd

3. Don't Wanna Know (feat. Kendrick Lamar), Maroon 5

4. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

5. Starving (feat. Zedd), Hailee Steinfeld & Grey

6. Closer (feat. Halsey), The Chainsmokers

7. Bad Things, Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello

8. Side To Side (feat. Nicki Minaj), Ariana Grande

9. Fake Love, Drake

10. How Far I'll Go, Auli'i Cravalho

Top Albums

1. The Hamilton Mixtape, Various Artists

2. Starboy, The Weeknd

3. A Pentatonix Christmas,Pentatonix

4. Moana (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

5. Awaken, My Love!, Childish Gambino

6. Perfectly Imperfect - EP, Grace VanderWaal

7. 'Tis the Season, Jordan Smith

8. Trolls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

9. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

10. Kane Brown, Kane Brown


Shots fired, but at who? J. Cole's track has people guessing

A track off J. Cole's forthcoming album has some people playing the guessing game on who he's taking shots at.

Cole doesn't mention anyone by name on "False Prophets," but some on social media are speculating he's rapping about a few stars, including Kanye West. One verse goes: "Ego in charge of every move, he's a star/And we can't look away due to the days that he caught our hearts." He also rhymes, "When he tell us he a genius but it's clearer lately/It's been hard for him to look into the mirror lately."

Other lyrics allude to rappers who don't write their own lyrics and are quick to jump on new musical styles. Drake has been accused of not writing some of his own rhymes this year.

Reps for Cole didn't immediately return requests for comment.

"False Prophets" was released Friday and is included on Cole's "4 Your Eyez Only," which is set to drop Dec. 9.



Artists revamp 'Baby it's Cold Outside' lyrics 'to be not creepy'

A pair of Minnesota musicians have put their twist on a catchy but not so up-to-date holiday classic, humorously changing the lyrics of "Baby it's Cold Outside" to emphasize consent.

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The original duet was written in 1944. To summarize the lyrics, a woman sings about wanting to go home after a date with a man, who insists that she stay with him.

The song has been controversial in recent years – and deemed by some to be the worst Christmas song of all time – because of the man's insistence that the woman stay despite her telling him no clearly and repeatedly.

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"I ought to say no, no, no sir," the female lead sings. "At least I'm going to say that I tried."

"What's the sense of hurting my pride?" the male lead answers.

Artists Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski decided to take back the lyrics, posting what Liza deemed a "less sexually aggressive" version of the song Monday on SoundCloud.

"My mother will start to worry," Liza croons.

"Call her so she know that you're coming," Lemanski responds.

Most of Liza's lines stay true to the original song, although Lemanski's have been drastically changed.

"I wish I knew how to break the spell," Liza sings.

"I don't know what you're talking about," Lemanski answers.

In its first few days online, the song garnered more than 26,000 listens.

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Luke Bryan slaps heckler from stage with microphone in hand

Country star Luke Bryan took care of a heckler without skipping a beat during a concert this week by taking a swing at the man from the stage with his microphone still in hand.

Bryan was performing his single "Move" at the Charlie Daniels' all-star Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday when the outburst occurred. Fan video shows Bryan shouting, "Come on!" before stepping forward and slapping the man with his fingers while still holding onto the mic.

Bryan then continued with the song while seemingly unfazed by the incident.

Bryan's publicist says in a statement that the man was making "crude hand gestures" toward Bryan and that security personnel saw the man's "disruptive actions" and escorted him out.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs in Miami for Art Basel party

Hot, sticky and sweaty, rapper Kendrick Lamar performed Thursday night inside a spaceship-looking dome on the beach as part of the Art Basel Miami Beach festivities.

During the intimate 75-minute show, Lamar first took off his outer shirt and continually wiped sweat from his face, jokingly complaining that if he had to sweat all night long that the crowd better show him some love.

Midway through the show he took several water bottles from the stage and passed them out to the audience. By the end, the Grammy-award winning rapper thanked the crowd of about 400, guessing that some had "lost 10 pounds in sweat."

"That's enough (expletive) sweat to last a lifetime," he said sincerely, thanking the crowd for not caring about mussing up their "cardigans" and fancy clothes so they could jump and dance during the close-quartered show.

Alicia Keys had the same problem during her performance here last year when the humid South Florida weather kept fogging up her sunglasses.

Lamar interacted frequently with audience members, at one point grabbing a woman's hand saying she had made his night. He stopped the show more than once to sign shirts, shoes and other trinkets.

"Your energy is what I pull from when I go into the studio and write what I write so I gotta show back the love," said Lamar, who performed hits including "m.A.A.d city City," ''i" and "B----, Don't Kill my Vibe".

As he rapped, black-and-white images played across the walls and ceiling of the dome. Some were mundane — telephone operators, money counting machines and a space shuttle. But other images included political and pop culture figures. Bill O'Reilly's famous meltdown on "Inside Edition" played repeatedly during one song, and later showed Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush and Muhammed Ali.

The ethereal looking pop-up dome that hosted Amex Music Meets Art outside the Faena hotel looked as if it had dropped from the sky and was just steps away from the waves. Artist Shantell Martin live sketched a massive mural mapped to the beat of the music just outside the dome. The concert was just one of many parties to celebrate the prestigious art fair, which draws a heavy celebrity crowd.

Noticing some writing on a fan's clothing that said "Places and Faces," Lamar said he had just written a song with those words and sang a few bars "from a Swisher Sweet to a hotel suite" to an enthusiastic crowd.

"We are on the same wave," he said.

Earlier this year, Lamar helped President Barack Obama celebrate his final Fourth of July at the White House. The president has repeatedly said he is a fan of Lamar, saying "How Much a Dollar Cost" is his favorite song of 2015.

Lamar saved "Alright," a song that has become a sort of theme for police brutality protests, for one of his last numbers, telling the crowd "we celebrate love tonight, not hate."


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Shelton, Lambert to headline 2017 Bayou Country Superfest

Some of the biggest names in country music will headline the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest, which moves from Louisiana's capital to the Superdome in New Orleans for its eighth year.

Organizers on Thursday unveiled the lineup, which features Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Brett Eldredge, Jon Pardi and Chris Lane on Saturday, May 27, and Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Hank Williams Jr., Old Dominion, Dan + Shay and Maddie & Tae on Sunday, May 28.

The three-day festival, held over the Memorial Day holiday, includes a free, kick-off celebration on Friday, May 26 to be held at Champions Square, outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It features Easton Corbin, Eric Paslay and Dylan Scott.

Quint Davis, the festival's producer, said they're looking to reinvent the festival since it's moved from LSU's outdoor Tiger Stadium to inside the air-conditioned Superdome.

"We wanted to make it bigger, make it new, make it more special," Davis said. "In air-conditioned comfort, with no possibility of rain, the Bayou Country Superfest party will rock harder than ever."

As a result, there are three headliners on each night of the festival and a total of six acts each night, he said.

"This lineup is a great example of having a bigger, broader roster of talent that appeals to everyone," he said. "We've got everything a fan can hope for, from the young, hot stars to the great country music icons."

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in a statement, said the city was "thrilled" to welcome the festival. "This event adds yet another thread in the festival and music-filled fabric that New Orleans is so well-known for. We pride ourselves on our ability to host a wide range of large-scale events and look forward to inviting country music fans to our great city."

Davis said he hoped the event would continue to draw fans from around the state who annually trekked to Baton Rouge to see some of the genre's top stars.

"Hopefully, there will be a whole new population of people spending a holiday weekend in New Orleans," he said. "Those who attended for years, from Lafayette and Houma, hopefully they'll still come down. Think of it like we're hosting the country music equivalent of LSU in the Sugar Bowl."

Tickets and VIP Packages go on sale Thursday, Dec. 8.

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