Watch: Blake Shelton releases animated music video for ‘Doing It To Country Songs’

Country superstar Blake Shelton unleashed his animated alter ego earlier today in the new music video for “Doing It to Country Songs” from his chart-topping album If I’m Honest. The fun and frisky cartoon clip finds Shelton as a smiling, singing stag, who bellies up to the bar with his good pals (and song collaborators), The Oak Ridge Boys. Members of the renowned country quartet appear as squirrels, frogs and raccoons.

The flirty, suggestive lyrics are counterbalanced by the crop of colorful cartoon characters. Plus, Shelton has plenty of animated musical experience after voicing Earl the pig in the 2016 animated feature film, “The Angry Birds Movie.” He even recorded a song for the soundtrack called “Friends.” He also channeled his inner child a lot as the 2016 slime-soaked host of the Kid’s Choice Awards. Therefore, this racy animated romp feels like a natural artistic progression.

The playful, repeat hook in the chorus is infectious. Shelton croons, “I like doing it country songs” multiple times and the phrase “Doing It” is written in many different locations throughout the video. We get the message loud and clear. Blake Shelton likes “doing it to country songs.” The Grammy-nominated artist took to Twitter today and proudly posted the new video commanding his followers, “Y’all better watch this! The Oak Ridge Boys and I in the ‘Doing It To Country Songs’ music video!”

Get a look at Blake Shelton as a big vest-wearing buck and watch all his happy woodland friends “doing it to country songs” in the attached video. We can’t wait to see if rival “Voice” coach Adam Levine will have anything to say about “animated” Blake in the upcoming season of NBC’s Emmy-winning reality singing competition.

Shelton hit the road on the Doing It To Country Songs Tour earlier this year. Click here for information on an AXS-ticketed show in Omaha, NE that is TBD and stay tuned to AXS for updates.

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WATCH: Woman Brutally Assaulted for Allegedly Selling Flowers With No Permit


Perris, CA — In the Land of the Free, if you do not pay the State before you attempt to sell a product or service to a willing customer, you can and will be extorted, kidnapped and caged, with extreme prejudice. A video published to Facebook this week shows a Perris police officer assault a woman who was selling flowers on the side of the road — because she apparently failed to pay the State for the privilege.

The video does not tell the entire story. However, it starts as the officer is grabbing a woman who is holding multiple sets of flowers, clearly arranged for sale on the roadside. So, based on the multiple instances previously covered by the Free Thought Project, we can assume that she was approached for the selling of flowers without a permit, especially considering the officers are not from ICE.

As the video begins, the motorcycle officer is grabbing the woman by the arm. The woman, who apparently doesn’t speak English, is clearly terrified.

Not wanting to be assaulted or otherwise extorted by the Perris police department, the woman pulled her arm back and tried to move away. She was still holding onto her flowers, indicating that she was in no way a threat to the officer.

However, as the woman attempted to move backward, away from the officer, he grabbed her by her hair and attacked her.

Within seconds, the officer had tripped the woman — who was still trying to protect her flowers as they likely cost her much needed money — and was on top of her.

The video is appalling as the cop kneels down on the woman and shoves his gloved hand over her mouth. The woman begins yelling out in Spanish as another cop joins in on the arrest — allegedly over flowers.

As the officers roll her over to place the handcuffs on her, we can see just how terrified the woman is, as she urinated on herself.

The Free Thought Project reached out to the Perry Police Department to ask them for a statement about this video. However, we have yet to hear back from them.

Some of the comments on the video below, are almost as disheartening as the video itself. Multiple people attempted to justify this assault and battery by claiming the woman should’ve had a permit.

Facebook user Chuck N. wrote:

taxes, it;s called getting a permit, pay taxes, oh and dont resist when officer gives you a ticket. Is that person even in the country legally?

Another FB user, Eady T, wrote:

Selling flowers without a vendor’s license is a crime. Petty but crime non the less. So is resisting arrest. 

Sadly, Americans are being conditioned to think that in the land of the free, people are somehow morally wrong if they try to make a dollar without first being extorted by the state.

The bottom line is — in modern day police state, USA — exchanging goods and services is a crime unless the State gets their cut. We are told that this is for our safety and that we could all die if a brown woman sells flowers on the corner. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Morality does not equal reality — and the video below is more than enough evidence to prove this.

Here is the link to the Perris police department’s Facebook page, if you’d like to leave them a scathing but peaceful review.

Sadly, this is one of many incidents in which people trying to earn a few bucks have been attacked or otherwise kidnapped by police ‘protecting society.’

In May, the Alameda County Sheriff’s department posted a photo of a deputy arresting a man for selling fruits and vegetables on the roadside and attempted to justify the arrest. When people read the department’s justification, they lashed out — peacefully — to let them know what they were doing is wrong.

In June, a 38-year-old homeless man was attempting to earn some honest money by providing a much-desired service to the residents of Kennewick, Washington when he was threatened with extortion and arrest by the local police department, which effectively ended his enterprise. After the Kennewick Police Department threatened the homeless man and prevented him from making a living, they took to Facebook to shamelessly brag about it.

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Watch: Davina Oriakhi’s gorgeous music video for ‘F.S.L.S.’

Fans of Lauryn Hill and India Aire need to check out the latest single from British-Nigerian singer-songwriter Davina Oriakhi. The track, “F.S.L.S.,” features the honeyed soul vocals associated with the aforementioned recording artists and a modern synth/hip-hop beat. A gorgeous music video for the song, directed by Loraa White, has also been released. The sunny and thoroughly pleasant clip follows Oriakhi as she inspects a fence full of love locks, walks through the palatial environs of Shoreditch and sings about the importance of self-affirmation.

Oriakhi broke on the music scene in 2014 with the release of her excellent first single “Content.” Since then, Oriakhi has established herself as one of the most interesting international recording artists of the modern with the release of compelling, resonate songs like the afro-pop influenced “Juju” and the confessional “Silence (Father Have Mercy).” “F.S.L.S.” is the first single from Love To A Mortal, Oriakhi’s debut album which is due out later this year.

“F.S.L.S.,” which stands for “Find Self, Love Self” appears on Oriakhi’s is scheduled for release later this year.

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WATCH: Cops Storm Bar Like It’s a War Zone, Assault Dozens of Innocent People


Merced, CA – Police stormed into a hookah lounge in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 9 in a manner that can be described as nothing short of terroristic. Video captured by a security guard at Chandelier’s Hookah Lounge shows us once again that all too often, cops are the ones who needlessly escalate situations into fear and violence.

The video begins with multiple cops screaming at patrons to back up, right after barging in with riot guns and batons. The crowd of people enjoying a relaxing Saturday night socializing at the hookah lounge are bewildered and frightened by this sudden act of aggression.

One cop fires a rubber projectile at a man who was being pushed backward by another cop, which causes even more panic as people are trying to flee the room. The video cuts to another segment after cops, with tasers drawn and pointed, have managed to put several people on the ground. Others are letting their frustration at this unprovoked violence be known, as we can hear one person shout, “Why the f—k are y’all doing this?!”

According to the Merced Sun-Star:

“The video was corroborated by multiple witnesses, including one black female UC Merced student. She said police first entered the building with flashlights. They left, and people resumed the event thinking the situation was over. But the police rushed back in with guns and Tasers drawn, causing the confusion and fear.

During all this, one officer slammed the student’s friend to the floor and sat on his neck. As the student began to protest, saying he can’t breathe, an officer shouted, stay back or I’ll shoot.”

Indeed, the assault on innocent patrons begs the question: why did the cops do this?

The Mercer Police Department (MCD) stated they were looking for a suspected burglar in the area, who was not caught. Instead, five people were arrested from a situation entirely created by the cops.

Assuming the MCD statement is true, does the most logical approach to apprehending a burglar involve storming a social club as if it’s a military raid? It’s ludicrous to expect that everyone will immediately become quiet and complacent as armed police storm suddenly into the building.

In fact, that would be disturbing as it would indicate an entirely submissive population.

There is no escaping the fact that cops created this situation, and it will sow more fear, anger and distrust among the community which cops are supposed to “protect and serve.” Fortunately, no one was killed or seriously injured, from what we know, but that could have easily happened with Tasers, riot guns and the excessive force used.

The department says an investigation is ongoing, but we know there’s a very good chance they will find they did nothing wrong. It’s all too easy to create the narrative that the patrons’ actions justified the violent response, and most media will simply echo this without question.

This kind of disturbing assault on innocent people—who are supposedly protected by constitutional rights—cannot be allowed to be normalized. Please share this video so we can continue to expose the ever-encroaching police state.

Police storm into a hookah lounge in #merced #California like it is a war zone

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Watch Ed Sheeran sing in the season 7 premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’

As promised, Ed Sheeran has made a cameo appearance on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The singer appeared on the series’ Season 7 premiere in a scene with Arya Stark–played by Maisie Williams–where he does what he does best, he sings. The two also share a meal around a campfire as Arya is on her way to King’s Landing. Sheeran’s character seems to be some kind of warrior-poet. When Arya remarks that the song is “pretty”, he replies, “It’s a new one.” You can watch a clip above.

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The announcement that Ed would make a cameo on the wildly popular series came earlier this year. He joins fellow music stars like Coldplay’s Will Champion, Sigur Rós and Bastille in appearing on the show. This isn’t Sheeran’s first role in a medieval/fantasy series. Ed also appeared in five episodes of FX’s “The Bastard Executioner.”

Ed Sheeran is in the midst of his Divide world tour. Click here to browse AXS for tickets to select Ed Sheeran dates.   

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Watch: Bob Seger sing lead on ‘Heartache Tonight’ at Eagles reunion in Los Angeles

Bob Seger made a surprise appearance at the star-studded Eagles headline reunion show on July 15 in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium as part of the two-night “Classic West” line up. The legendary Detroit rocker handled lead vocals on the Eagle’s single “Heartache Tonight ” in place of the late great Glenn Frey as the six-time Grammy winners made their first concert appearance since the death of their co-founding member.

Rolling Stone reports on July16 that The Eagles rolled out other special guests apart from Seger to handle vocals on Frey classics, including country star Vince Gill (“Lying Eyes,” “Take It To The Limit” and “New Kid in Town”), as well as Frey’s son Deacon (“Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone”) along with huge support from opening acts Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers. Both Seger and Gill had performed their respective songs during a recent Eagles tribute at the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which was held on Dec. 4, 2016 in Washington at the Kennedy Center.  

Fans can check out the action above. Seger, the band and the crowd are clearly pumped as they rock through the song’s familiar chorus, singing, “There’s gonna be a heartache tonight/A heartache tonight/I know.”

“Classic West” will continue on July 16 at Dodger Stadium with Fleetwood Mac reuniting to headline the all-star concert with support from Journey, as well as Earth, Wind & Fire. The pair of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will also headline “Classic East,” which place July 29 – July 30 in New York at Citi Field. Neither The Eagles nor Fleetwood Mac has any more live dates scheduled in 2017 or beyond.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will launch their own summer US headline tour on Aug. 24 in Toledo, Ohio, at Huntington Center and wrap up Oct. 28  in Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Tickets for select Bob Seger events are available at AXS.

For all the latest details on Bob Seger, click here. For more information on The Eagles, click here.

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Watch music on TV: AXS TV programming highlights for the week of July 23-29

Check out AXS TV’s programming lineup for the week of July 23-29 to catch great interviews, concerts and commentary that give you a unique, in-depth look at some of music’s biggest superstars. Take a look at the schedule below and be sure to set your DVRs to catch the exciting action.


“Rock Legends: Talking Heads” – 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT

AXS TV’s riveting original series explores the evolution of New York native new wave rockers Talking Heads. Find out more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers whose 1983 U.S. Top 10 hit “Burning Down the House” helped catapult the band to fame. Leading music critics offer expert commentary that paints a fresh picture of the band that influenced their musical peers and musicians who followed them.

“Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar” Presented by Mercury Insurance – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

The Red Rocker heads to Music City in episode 210, “Nashville Cats” to hook up with Motley Crue front man Vince Neil for some casual conversation before they perform an amazing acoustic set at the world-renowned Phoenix Studios. You won’t want to miss this must-see collaboration between two music legends, which includes their rendition of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Nashville Cats.”

“Motley Crue: The End” – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Catch a bevy hits from one of heavy metal’s most iconic bands in the intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Motley Crue’s final show. “Motley Crue: The End” chronicles the band’s last concert, which took place on New Year’s Eve 2015 in Los Angeles. The beloved rocker’s belt out some of their most memorable tracks including “Girls, Girls, Girls, Dr. Feelgood, and a must-see emotional closing performance of “Home Sweet Home.”


“AC/DC Dirty Deeds” – 10 p.m. ET/7p.m. PT

Watch the story of AC/DC unfold through the eyes of Director Tom Odell in his 2013 documentary which features interviews, concerts, and rare footage to delve into the history of one of rock music’s biggest musical forces.


“Saturday Stack – Hard N’ Heavy” – Starting at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT

AXS TV serves up a sizzling stack of concert films, documentaries and interviews featuring multiple rock icons including Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC, Foreigner, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynard and more in the “Saturday Stack – Hard N’ Heavy” July 29 lineup.

1 p.m. ET – “The Big Interview: Lindsay Buckingham”

Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsay Buckingham sits down with award-winning news anchor Dan Rather for a candid conversation about his love of music, collaborating with Stevie Nicks, and his life-changing chance encounter with Mick Fleetwood.

2 p.m. ET – “Rock Legends: Fleetwood Mac”

Go behind-the-scenes of Fleetwood Mac’s unparalleled legacy in this episode of “Rock Legends. Learn interesting facts about the band watch music videos for huge hits including “Dreams” and “Landslide.”

2:30 p.m. ET – “AC/DC: Dirty Deeds”

Director Tom Odell gives viewers an extensive look at AC/DC, using interviews, concerts, and rare footage. The 2013 documentary tells the band’s story from a captivating, must-see perspective.

3:40 p.m. ET – “Foreigner: Live in New York”

Foreigner fans far and wide won’t want to miss this 2015 concert that finds the beloved “Juke Box Heroes” hitting the stage from the Capitol Theatre in New York to perform some of their biggest hits including “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

5:20 p.m. ET – “Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Democracy – Live at the Hard Rock Casino”

Heavy metal icons Guns N’ Roses take over the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas to perform some of their genre-defining classics like “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Paradise City,” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” The concert was filmed in 2012 as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of their Billboard 200 chart-topping debut album Appetite for Destruction.

7:55 p.m. ET – “Def Leppard… And There Will Be A Next Time: Live From Detroit”

Def Leppard rock out to fans in the Motor City with a red-hot set that includes “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Photograph,” “Let’s Get Rocked,” “Animal,” and “Foolin’.”

9 p.m. ET – “Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston”

Travel to the FleetCenter with Fleetwood Mac on their legendary “Say You Will Tour” for a critically-acclaimed 2003 concert that includes “Rhiannon,” “Gypsy,” “Gold Dust Woman,” and “Go Your Own Way.”

11:05 p.m. ET – “Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans”

Music legends including Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, and Cheap Trick gather to honor Southern Rock pioneers Lynyrd Skynyrd with a star-studded event featuring heartfelt performances of some of Skynyrd’s most iconic hits.

3:05 a.m. ET – “The Classic Rock Awards 2016”

AXS TV gives rock fans a front row seat to “the biggest rock party of the year” in THE CLASSIC ROCK AWARDS 2016. Megadeth front man hosts the musical main event which celebrates the best of rock and metal and features appearances and performances by Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Rudolf Schenker, Richie Sambora, Def Leppard, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Cheap Trick, Joe Walsh, Kirk Hammett, and Orianthi, among others.

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WATCH: Family Walks Outside to See a Cop Illegally Breaking Into Their Van

[7/16/17  JACK BURNS]  A Patterson police officer was caught red-handed rummaging through a citizen’s car and it was all caught on cell phone footage. The video has since gone viral as it clearly shows the cop callously breaking the law.

The owner of the vehicle, a Dodge Caravan, came out of the restaurant where he said he and his family were eating to confront the policeman who acted like he’d just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

The viral video which shows an unnamed Patterson, NJ officer rifling through the owner’s belongings is now making waves at the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office who is now investigating the matter. Predictably, they offer very few answers as to why one of their deputies would search a car and then evade questions when the car’s owner asked him what he was doing inside his vehicle.

When the video starts, a man can be seen walking towards the van. A man with a dark complexion, a pony tail, and dressed in casual clothing had lifted the vehicle’s back gate and was searching for something. After the owner confronted him, one could say things got a little testy.

“Yo. What is you doing? What is you in my van for?” the man screamed to the officer.

“I’ll tell you what, come here,” the officer responded with somewhat of a sheepish look on his face.

“I’m not going over there. I’m going to stay in the middle of the street,” the man stated.

“Come over here. Come here,” the officer demanded all the while walking back to his group of patrolmen.

“What is you in my car for when I’m sitting down, eating with my family,” the owner of the vehicle asked the officer.

The Man asked the officer how He Got Into The vehicle’s trunk. “It’s open. It’s wide open,” the officer stated.

“Still. Still. You’re not supposed to be in my van, sir,” the man declared.

“We had a lot of reports of guns in this van in this neighborhood,” the officer stated.

The Sheriff’s Office’s spokesman William Maer told reporters on Friday, “In an effort to assure an independent investigation of the circumstances around the search video, the Sheriff referred the matter to the Prosecutor’s office for a thorough and independent review.”

The prosecutor is now conducting its own investigation, apparently, into what the ACLU is now calling a criminal action on the part of the officer. However, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office would neither confirm nor deny any such investigation is underway.

Ed Barocas is the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU). He told reporters, “This is incredibly troubling and disturbing…You have an individual who appears to be a law enforcement officer entering someone’s vehicle without permission and seemingly without any lawful authority. Not only is it improper, it’s a crime.”

Because the officer refused to answer any of the man’s questions, there’s reason to believe the search was unwarranted. Barocas called his actions “unprofessional” and stated, “We don’t know if it’s just an unlawful search which is bad enough itself or something more nefarious.”

In the comments section of the YouTube video, residents of Patterson stated their belief the officer may have been planting evidence in the man’s car. The apparent distrust some of the residents have may be based upon bad experiences many have experienced in dealing with Patterson police.

Many commented Paterson’s police force is corrupt and they routinely violate the citizenry’s civil rights afforded them by the U.S. Constitution. The Fourth Amendment states officers do not have the right to unreasonable searches and seizures, and if the Sheriff’s office and the prosecutor’s office concludes a crime has been committed by the officers involved, charges are likely to follow.

We, at TFTP, dug deeper for answers and may have stumbled upon something. In April, the Patterson Police Department bragged on Facebook about a drug bust of a couple who were using their minivan and their apartment to sell drugs.

The couple also has three children ages 3,4, and 6, a family similar to the description the man in the video gave of his family. It’s unclear if the two are related but news reports of the arrest stated the police had search warrants for both the van as well as the apartment.

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But until the police are more forthcoming in their discussions with the public as to the nature of the video, conspiracies of civil rights violations, unreasonable unwarranted searches, and allegations of criminal activity on the part of Patterson police will continue to abound. The public has a right to know more.

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Watch JAY-Z speak at Vic Mensa’s album listening party

On Thursday (July 13) Vic Mensa shared the tracklist for his upcoming album, The Autobiography, cluing fans in on who will be featured on the album. The guest appearances include Ty Dolla $ign, Pusha T, Weezer, The-Dream, Syd and more. Although Vic’s Roc Nation label head isn’t on the album, he did make an appearance at Mensa’s album listening party in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

As Complex reported, JAY-Z not only made an appearance at Mensa’s listening party but had some commendatory words for the young rapper. “Vic is a very special talent; sing well, rap well…he’s an incredible artist, a once-in-a-lifetime artist,” JAY said before bringing Mensa up on stage. JAY also mentioned that he didn’t want any “industry” stuff, but just wanted people to “groove” to Vic’s new record. You can check out video of JAY-Z speaking at the listening party above.

Mensa’s new album was executive-produced by No I.D., who also produced JAY-Z’s new album 4:44. The Autobiography is set for release July 28.

JAY-Z will performing at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 28. You can find tickets on AXS by following this link.  

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