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BEASTIE BOYS DISAPPROVE OF "GIRLS" COMMERCIAL PARODY
NEW YORK (AP) — The Beastie Boys say they admire the creativity of an ad that parodies their song "Girls," but it's still an ad. Toy company Goldieblox remade the song to be about girl empowerment while a Rube Goldberg-like machine shows off the ingenuity of three girls. The video has been viewed more than eight million times in the week it's been out. The Beastie Boys have issued a statement saying while they strongly support breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering, Goldieblox is still trying to sell a product. The Beastie Boys say they decided long ago not to allow their music to be used in product ads. Goldieblox has filed a lawsuit asking a court to declare that the video is not copyright infringement.
WILLIE NELSON BAND BUS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT
DALLAS (AP) — Willie Nelson has postponed his concert dates for this week after three members of his band and crew were injured in a bus crash this past weekend. The band's bus hit a bridge pillar on Interstate 30 about 80 miles east of Dallas early Saturday. Icy conditions are blamed for the crash. None of the injuries were serious, and Nelson was riding in his own bus at the time. The tour will resume December 10 in Las Vegas.
CHRIS BROWN WASHINGTON D.C. COURT DATE RESET FOR JANUARY
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown is due back in Washington D.C. next month to answer the assault case against him. A Washington D.C. judge has given him a new date of January 8 for the matter to be handled. Brown and a bodyguard are accused of punching a man in the face, breaking his nose. Brown did not appear at the hearing, since he's still in anger management rehab in Los Angeles. His lawyers sought the delay because they say they haven't had time to review the evidence with Brown.
CHRISTINE McVIE WANTS TO REJOIN FLEETWOOD MAC
LONDON (AP) — Christine McVie would rejoin Fleetwood Mac, if they'd have her. McVie tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper she misses the band and if they would ask her to come back, she would, but they haven't asked. McVie recently performed with Fleetwood Mac during a show in London. She quit the band in 1998 to become what she calls an English country girl, but she says it took 15 years for her to realize she doesn't want to do that. Fleetwood Mac have suspended their tour while John McVie is treated for cancer. Christine McVie says his cancer was caught early and he's expected to be up and running again in a few months.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Levine says they have to find a "nice boy" for Jacquie Lee. The 16-year-old did "Who's Lovin' You" on last night's episode of "The Voice." It's a song about heartbreak. CeeLo Green was impressed by the maturity of Team Xtina's Jacquie. Given that Jacquie is only 16, CeeLo says she must have swallowed an old lady. Tonight, two of this season's top eight will be sent home.
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Excerpt of Will Champlin, performing "At Last"
Excerpt of Will Champlin performing "At Last." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Adam Levine says Will Champlin continues to impress with his vocal range. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Christina Aguilera and Will Champlin
Christina Aguilera says it's unusual to hear a guy sing "At Last." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Excerpt of Jacquie Lee, performing "Who's Lovin' You"
Excerpt of Jacquie Lee performing "Who's Lovin' You." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Adam Levine says Jacquie Lee's song of heartbreak shows she is wise beyond her years. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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CeeLo Green says 16-year-old Jacquie Lee has an old soul. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
KING'S X SINGER DOUG PINNICK HAS EMERGENCY SURGERY
WASHINGTON (AP) — King's X singer Doug Pinnick is recovering from emergency surgery after being rushed to the hospital over the weekend. The band's Facebook page says Pinnick needed more surgery after having one to treat a hernia in July. King's X had taken a break to let Pinnick recover and had just started playing shows again. King's X were supposed to play outside Washington when Pinnick fell ill again. Fans had raised more than $26,000 to pay for Pinnick's original hernia surgery because Pinnick had no insurance.
JOURNEY'S NEAL SCHON WILL OFFER WEDDING ON PAY-PER-VIEW
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Journey guitarist Neal Schon plans to put his wedding to Michaele Salahi (mih-KEHL' sah-LAH'-hee) of "Real Housewives of D.C." on pay-per-view. The couple will be married December 15 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Schon says in a statement he was approached by a few networks who wanted to use their wedding as the basis of a reality show. Schon says he and Salahi decided not to give up creative control and just do it themselves. The wedding will feature performances by Journey, Tower of Power and other musical guests. The three-hour program will run unedited for a suggested price of $14.95. Part of the proceeds will go to charity.
BON JOVI NOT PURSUING BUFFALO BILLS
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi wants to own an NFL team. But his publicist says he isn't looking to buy the Buffalo Bills right now. There was a report on CBS Sports.com that Bon Jovi was jockeying for position to buy the Bills after the team's 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson passes away. Bon Jovi's publicist Ken Sunshine says the rock star has too much respect for Wilson to have such discussions while the owner is still alive. Besides, Sunshine says, Bon Jovi has "a day job that's doing very well."
MEEK MILL DONATES TURKEYS TO CHARITIES
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Meek Mill will give away enough food to feed 600 families in the Philadelphia area for Thanksgiving. Mill is spearheading what he calls "A Dreamchaser's Thanksgiving," which will provide turkeys to Philadelphia charities today and tomorrow. Mill says Philadelphia helped him become the man he is today and he's blessed to be in a position where he can help others have a meal on Thanksgiving.
ALICIA KEYS VISITS PHILIPPINES
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When a massive typhoon struck the Philippines, Alicia Keys tweeted that her heart was with the people of that country. She is also there herself — both for a previously scheduled concert and to help distribute aid. Keys handed out crayons and coloring books to kids at an air base where evacuees have gone for shelter. One official says Keys spent about half an hour chatting with those displaced. She was quoted in a Manila newspaper as saying that music "has a way of lifting your spirit" — and she hoped to do that for the Filipino people. She is also encouraging fans to donate to the typhoon victims.
STARS DONATING SONGS TO PHILIPPINE RELIEF
NEW YORK (AP) — Some top recording artists are teaming up to help bring disaster relief to the Philippines. Songs by Beyonce, U2, Bruno Mars, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and others are among the two dozen stars who have contributed tracks to "Songs for the Philippines." It's available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on iTunes Radio. Proceeds will go to the Philippines Red Cross. Thousands were killed, injured and displaced by a typhoon earlier this month.
Songs For the Philippines site: http://songsforphilippines.com
MADONNA VISITS HAITI
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Madonna has long been divorced from Sean Penn. But she remains close to causes close to the actor's heart. She visited Haiti to check out some of the humanitarian projects Penn has been heading up since Haiti was hit by an earthquake in 2010. Penn says he invited Madonna — and she came with her son. Penn says he's "thrilled" that she visited and that they have "maintained a great friendship over the years."
CAPITAL CITIES EXPLAIN "KANGAROO COURT"
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Capital Cities came up with the "Kangaroo Court" song because they liked that term and couldn't find another song that ever used that phrase. Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities says they came up with a story about a depressed man who explores his dark side and ends up in a kangaroo court. The video shows all sorts of half-animal, half-people creatures, and it was Capital Cities who came up with that idea. Merchant says they dreamed up that video even before the band was signed. He says when it came time to release a follow-up single to "Safe and Sound," they asked their label to give them a bunch of money to make that video and the label said yes.
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Ryan Merchant, musician, Capital Cities
Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities says "Kangaroo Court" was written because they loved that term. ((note length of cut))
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Ryan Merchant, musician, Capital Cities
Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities says once he heard the phrase "kangaroo court" he explored the idea for a song by that name. ((note length of court))
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Ryan Merchant, musician, Capital Cities
Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities says it wasn't some crazy director who came up with the concept for the "Kangaroo Court" video.
BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG AND NORAH JONES TEAM UP
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's about as odd a pairing as you might get in music, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day doing an album with Norah Jones. And it wouldn't have happened if Jones hadn't agreed to Armstrong's pitch to work together. Jones says she didn't intend to agree on the collaboration — but Armstrong talked her into it. They have done a cover of an old Everly Brothers album, "Foreverly" and it is in stores this week. Jones said she was worn out from touring, so she wasn't keen on taking on another project.
Billie Joe and Norah site: http://billiejoeandnorah.com
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN RECORDS NEW ALBUM WITH TOM MORELLO
NEW YORK (AP) — The inspiration for Bruce Springsteen's upcoming album was Tom Morello. Morello sat in for Steve Van Zandt on the E Street Band's Australian tour. Springsteen says Morello suggested they add the song "High Hopes" to the set list, and Springsteen liked it so much he wanted to make a studio version. That led to other recordings, including studio versions of "American Skin" and "Ghost of Tom Joad." Springsteen says they made music he felt always needed to be released, so it will come out January 14 as the album "High Hopes." Members of the E Street Band also play on the record.
METALLICA PLAN ANOTHER NIGHT WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Metallica are already thinking about baseball season. They had so much fun with Metallica Night at the San Francisco Giants that they're going to do it again. The second Metallica Night is scheduled for May 16 when the Giants take on the Marlins. Metallica will perform the national anthem and throw out the first pitch, then stick around for other Metallica-themed activities. In other Metallica news, they will release their "Through the Never" film on home video on January 28.
DIAMOND RIO WILL PLAY LIBERTY BOWL
NASHVILLE (AP) — Diamond Rio will perform at halftime of the Liberty Bowl. They will also be given an outstanding achievement award for excellence in music and entertainment and for service to the community. The Liberty Bowl will be played in Memphis on New Year's Eve.
by Margie Szaroleta and Oscar Wells Gabriel II