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KVPI AM FM Staff 2015

KVPI Staff August 13, 2015: John Lafleur, Annona Balfa, Becky Vidrine, Emily Oliver, Carly  Chaumont, Stephanie Ware, Cheryl DeBaillon, Jim Soileau, Charlie Manuel, Josh Godwin, Gene Swabby Soileau and Micah Chatman. Seated: Bonnie Fontenot and Mark Layne.


Classic Hits 92.5 salutes Elvis Presley Thursday

It's Elvis Day on Spotlight Thursday as we remember The King of Rock and Roll who died this week in 1977 at his home in Graceland. Hear 50's Elvis, Movie Elvis from the 1960's and his great live recordings from the 1970's all day Thursday and on Party Time Thursday night.


Dixie Youth World Series Action Live from South Carolina on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Tune in to our live coverage of the Dixie Youth World Series from Lexington, South Carolina this week as KVPI Sports covers our Ville Platte Dixie Majors team competing in the tournament. Sports Announcer Chris Bordelon will be doing the play by play each night. Thanks to our KVPI Sponsors.


Plenty of Baseball Action Right Now On KVPI AM and FM

KVPI Sports will be bringing you live play by play action live from Ponchatoula as we cover Dixie Youth Regional Tournament Action this weekend. KVPI Sports Announcer Tracy Jagneaux will be covering our Ville Platte Dixie Majors 12 year old all stars while Sports Announcer Thomas Scully will be covering the Ville Platte Super Ten All Stars. Also we are covering the Ville Platte 8 year old All Star girls competing in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Highland, Texas with James Shiver and Gene Swabby Soileau.


Summer is here! Be listening for the cue to call on Classic Hits 92.5

Register your Father registered today!

Every Friday for the next five weeks we will be giving you a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Blue Bayou/Dixie Landing in Baton Rouge. To qualify for the weekly drawing, just call us at 506-2444 when you hear the cue to call, the Blue Bayou water slide spash. You must be 18 or older and one qualifer per family. Good luck from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.


Snap Snap Snap! Get your pics in or come by and we'll snap it for you!

Keep listening as we will be giving you the chance to win sheets of tickets for the Cajun Heartland State Fair on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!!


Be sure to tune in Thursday, May 7 @ 8 pm (CT) on GAC for a very special feature on


Congratulations to KVPI's Jennifer Meylian-Ville Platte's Co-Woman of the Year 2015

 

Congratulations to KVPI's Program Director Jennifer Meylian named as 2015 Co-Ville Platte Woman of the Year along with Linda Lebsack. Shown next to Jennifer is her daughter, Lindsey.


Win Crawfish Festival Tickets This Week on Classic Hits 92.5

 

Be sure to tune in all this week as we give you a chance to win free passes to this weekend's Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival!!


KVPI FM Sponsors Radio Thon Friday


KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network


KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network


KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network


Congratulations to our winners in our Jazz Fest Ticket Contest

The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is about to kick off and Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI gave you a chance to win tickets to attend!
Monday, we started taking text messages with the word “JAZZ” in them… we received A LOT! Close to 300!
Today… we have our winners!
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Melanie Courville! She won TWO weekend passes good for either weekend of the Jazz Fest!
And Congratulations to our Runner Up, Brenda Vidrine! She won TWO one day passes good for either weekend as well!
We hope you both have a great time… take pictures and sing your hearts out! It’s going to be an awesome Jazz Festival this year!
Thank you to all that sent us those text messag


We have Disney on Ice Prize Packs for that Little Princess in your life!


DORA THE EXPLORER AT THE ZOO OF ACADIANA & Classic Hits 92.5 is giving you a chance to win tickets!


Congratulations to our two Grand Prize winners in our "Bud and Boilin" Contest

Congratulations to our two grand prize winners: Louis Muse in the left and Tammy Johnson in the right photo. Both of our winners are greeted by Rodney Moras with Southwest Beverage Budweiser and KVPI Program Director Jennifer Meylian. Happy Easter!!


Congratulations to our Easter Contest Winner

Congratulations to our Easter Egg Contest Winner, Lori Guillory, for finding our golden egg in the Teen Room in the Evangeline Parish Library based on the clues we gave. KVPI's Stephanie Ware is congratulating our winner. Lori wins a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card.


KVPI FM-2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year

Members of our staff accepting the award: Cheryl DeBaillon, Ville Platte Broadcasting President Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, Bonnie Fontenot, Mark Layne, Becky Vidrine, Stephanie Ware, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Executive Director Polly Johnson and Jennifer Meylian.


KVPI Staff

New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be  looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.


Happy New Year From All of Us at KVPI AM/FM


Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15


Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?

                                 

  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!

 

           https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0wXudspNZLOSJYzgTsKO8g


Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!

 

Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the

2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning.  Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!  

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!

 

 

 


Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.


American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am


The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.


Check out our NEW t-shirts! Classic Hits 92.5 FM and The Legend 1050 AM KVPI


The McNeese State University Women's Volleyball Team visited Jenn & Steph in the Cafe' this morning!

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

Members of the Women's Volleyball Team, Coaches, t

heir Trainer, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Jacob "Timbo" Fontenot 

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!


KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  

 

Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of legacy stations KVPI AM/FM, is now seeking a sales account executive to join our sales team. We offer solutions to our business clients through local radio, web and live events. KVPI radio has been serving the Acadiana  area for more than 60 years in providing news, weather, sports and music programing .

 

We are looking for an experienced, outgoing, organized, responsible creative outside  advertising sales person .Your primary duty will be to develop new business by being the primary client contact in the Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley areas of our listening area.

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following: outside sales experience, good communication skills and a strong work ethic, dependable transportation and an eagerness to work hard and be part of a growing sales team dedicated for success.

 

Benefits include a monthly base salary plus a generous commission based on sales. You will have the opportunity to work for a great company who treats its employees as members of their family. Most of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Please apply in person with General Manager Mark Layne at 809 West Lasalle in Ville Platte, phone 337-363-2124 or email your resumes to kvpiamfm@gmail.com.  KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


KVPI will cover the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Tournament

KVPI Sports will follow the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Youngsville. The team includes:Carlee Soileau, Aubrey Vidrine, Harlie Arnaud, Gracie McCauley, Lyndsey Vallet, Emily Stagg, Kaisyln Lafleur, Victoria Chaddrick, Peyton Guillory, Lilly Fontenot, Madison Monier and Sophia Scully. Manager is Lance Vidrine and Coaches are Chad Arnaud, Nasen Soileau and Walter Mire. The team's overall record on the summer is 20-4. Best of luck to our all stars in this tournament!


Arrest has been made in fatal shooting that took place on Monday, July 28 in Ville Platte.

 

 

Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.

 

The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide.  Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.

 

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area.  Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office  assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 29, 2014.  

 

With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department.  “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.”  “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”

 

 

Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte.  Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder.  Anderson is currently being held without bond.


KVPI Sports is covering the Mamou 8 Year old All Stars in the State Dixie Youth Tournament

KVPI Sports will be in Pineville covering the Mamou 8 Year Old in the State Dixie Youth Pitching Machine Tournament. Best of luck to our All Stars!


KVPI Sports will cover the Ville Platte Super Ten's in District Tournament Play


James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

Country Entertainer James Dupre visited KVPI studios today just before his performance at the 2014 Smoked Meat Festival. He was interviewed by our own Stephanie Ware.


Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest

 

Congratulations to our winners: Grand Prize-Mike Cloud, winner of the $400 recliner from Cester Youngs Furniture; Second Place-Junior Perrodin, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Third Place- Ernest Anderson, winner of the $50 gift certificate from Ace Hardware. Happy Father's Day from Classic Hits 92.5!!


KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year

 

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.

     In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.

     KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival  and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.

    KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.

    During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship

 

  • Watch Aerosmith's Performance of "Walk This Way" from Band's Latest Concert Video Online Now

    Eagle Rock EntertainmentAerosmith latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, will be released on Friday, September 4, but fans can get a preview of the high-def flick by heading over to RollingStone.com.  The website has posted an exclusive clip of the Boston bad boys delivering a high-octane performance of their classic tune "Walk This Way."

    Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 documents a headlining concert by the band from June of last year at the famed U.K. hard-rock extravaganza the Download Festival.

    "'Walk This Way' is a good representation of the DVD,"guitarist Joe Perry tells Rolling Stone.  "We felt like it was a memorable show and we're glad we filmed it.  To us, playing Donington is always a special event and it was more a roll of the dice since we were filming it.  Happily our fans came out and most importantly, the energy was there between us and them."

    He adds, "This clip is just a taste of the power of the whole DVD."

    You also can check out a trailer for Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 at the Eagle Rock official YouTube channel.

    The video will be available for purchase as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-LP vinyl collection and a Blu-ray/two-CD package, as well as a digital download.

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  • Halloween-Themed "NOW" Hits Compilation Features Songs by Donovan, Blue Oyster Cult, Warren Zevon and More

    PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom the folks who bring us the NOW That's What I Call Music! series comes a new compilation featuring a variety of spooky-themed tunes that will arrive just in time for everyone's favorite scary fall holiday.  NOW That's What I Call Halloween!, which hits stores on Friday, September 11, is an 18-track collection that offers a mix of horrifying hits and macabre movie themes by a variety of pop and rock artists.

    Among the tunes featured on the album are Donovan's "Season of the Witch," Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," as well as the Rockwell hit "Somebody Watching Me," which includes a chorus sung by Michael JacksonNOW Halloween! also contains Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" -- the theme to The Exorcist -- and Danny Elfman's main-title and end-title themes to Beetlejuice.  In addition, the compilation features Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers' classic Halloween single "Monster Mash."

    Check out the complete track list for the NOW That's What I Call Halloween! comp:

    "Halloween Theme" -- John Carpenter
    "Dragula" -- Rob Zombie
    "O Fortuna" -- Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
    "Tubular Bells (Theme from the Exorcist)" -- Mike Oldfield
    "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" -- Blue Oyster Cult
    "Devil Inside" -- INXS
    "Bad Things (Theme from True Blood)" -- Jace Everett
    "Werewolves of London" -- Warren Zevon
    "Ghost Town" -- The Specials
    "Dead Man's Party" -- Oingo Boingo
    "Monster Mash" -- Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
    "This Is Halloween" -- The Citizens of Halloween
    "Season of the Witch" -- Donovan
    "I Put a Spell on You" -- Nina Simone
    "Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title" -- Danny Elfman
    "Ghostbusters" -- Run-DMC
    "A Nightmare on My Street" -- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
    "Somebody's Watching Me" -- Rockwell

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  • Pete Townshend Featured on Upcoming Album by French Electronic Music Veteran Jean-Michel Jarre

    Terry O'Neil/UMeThe Who's Pete Townshend is part of a diverse lineup of guest artists who collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre on the influential French electronic-music composer's upcoming album, Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine, which will be released on October 16.  The rock legend is featured on a song titled "Travelator (Part 2)."

    In a new interview with USA Today, Jarre discusses why he was excited to have Townshend take part in the album.

    "He was the first guy to introduce sequencers into rock music with songs such as 'Baba O'Riley,'" Jarre says.  Also, "as one of the creators of the rock opera as a genre, he has an epic approach to performance that's quite close to my approach of performances for big concerts."

    In addition to Townshend, Jarre teamed up with a variety of musicians from different genres and eras, including Erasure/ex-Depeche Mode keyboardist Vince Clarke, Tangerine Dream, avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, Moby, AIR, composer/director John Carpenter and classical pianist Lang Lang.

    "I've wanted to tell a story for a while regarding electronic music history and its legacy from my point of view and experience, from when I started to nowadays," Jarre explains in a statement.  "So I planned to compose for and collaborate with an array of artists who are, directly or indirectly linked to this scene, with people I admire for their singular contribution to our genre, that represent a source of inspiration for me over the last four decades I have been making music, but who also have an instantly recognizable sound."

    For the Electronica project, rather than allowing the various collaborators to record their parts remotely, Jarre made the effort to join them in the studio so he could work directly with them on the tracks.

    Jarre also is planning to release a sequel album, Electronica Part 2, featuring different cast of artists, sometime in spring 2016.

    Here is the full track list and lineup of collaborators for Jarre's Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine:

    "The Time Machine" (with Boys Noize)
    "Glory (with M83)
    "Close your eyes" (with AIR)
    "Automatic (Part 1)" (with Vince Clarke)
    "Automatic (Part 2)" (with Vince Clarke)
    "If..!" (with Little Boots)
    "Immortals" (with F*** Buttons)
    "Suns Have Gone" (with Moby)
    "Conquistador" (with Gesaffelstein)
    "Travelator (Part 2)" (with Pete Townshend)
    "Zero Gravity" (with Tangerine Dream)
    "Rely on Me" (with Laurie Anderson)
    "Stardust" (with Armin van Buuren)
    "Watching You" (with 3D of Massive Attack)
    "A Question of Blood" (with John Carpenter)
    "The Train & the River" (with Lang Lang)

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  • Inflatable Pig Featured on Pink Floyd's "Animals" Album Cover Withdrawn from Memorabilia Auction

    Credit: Rob HarriesSo, the famous inflatable pig seen tied to London's Battersea Power Station on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, won't be going on the auction block after all.  The 40-foot prop, nicknamed "Algie," was supposed to be part of a U.K. memorabilia sale scheduled for September 15 at Durrants auction house, but it has been withdrawn by Rob Harries, the man who created it, who says he now plans to give it back to the band.

    Durrants official Dominic Parravani tells ABC Radio, "Pink Floyd came back and said that they wanted to have him back and rehome him...I think after the huge amount of publicity that has been generated, the band thought that Algie should go back to them."

    The auction still will feature a variety other props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio, which was founded by Harries.  Among them is a different inflatable pig that was featured at Pink Floyd concerts after Roger Waters left the group.  Other items include a giant pig's head featured at Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, a cast of an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon trek, and large figures of Queen's Freddie Mercury and Brian May used during the group's The Magic Tour in 1986.

    You can check out a full list of items up for bid by visiting Auctions.Durrants.com or The-Saleroom.com.

    On the cover of Animals, "Algie," which was designed by Waters, appears attached to two of Battersea Power Station's massive smokestacks.  As the story goes, during the photo shoot for the record the helium-filled prop broke free of its moorings and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled.  The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.

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  • Chaka Khan Confirmed for "Dancing with the Stars"

    ABCThe reports were true: Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan will be among the celebs competing for the Mirrorball Trophy on season 21 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

    The singer announced the news via a brief video posted on the show's official Twitter account.  Khan tells her fans to "look out for me this season."

    The "I'm Every Woman" singer will compete against Spy Kids actress Alexa PenaVega and her husband, musician Carlos PenaVega; Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter; Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin; jockey Victor Espinoza; and 15-year-old online star Hayes Grier.

    The rest of the cast will be revealed September 2 on ABC's Good Morning America

    Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. ET.

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  • Expanded Reissues of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir Albums Due in October

    Warner Bros. RecordsOn the heels of the announcement that most of Van Morrison's solo albums will be reissued digitally and made available to streaming services starting Friday, August 28, as part of a new Legacy Recordings deal, comes news of a separate series of Morrison reissues.  Expanded and remastered versions of two of Van the Man's classic early studio efforts, 1968's Astral Weeks and 1970's His Band and the Street Choir, will be released on October 30 via Warner Bros. Records.

    Both albums will be available as a single-CD and digitally, and both will feature several previously unreleased bonus tracks.

    While Astral Weeks failed to break into the U.S. albums chart following its November 1968 release, it's gone on to become one of Morrison's most influential and critically acclaimed works, landing at #19 of Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  The upcoming Astral Weeks reissue boasts four bonus tracks -- alternate takes of "Beside You" and "Madame George" and long versions of "Ballerina" and "Slim Slow Slider."

    Released in November of 1970, His Band and the Street Choir followed Van's 1969 commercial breakthrough Moondance, and became the singer/songwriter's first album to crack the top 20 of the Billboard 200.  It also featured Morrison's first top 10 hit, "Domino," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, it includes the #23 single "Blue Money."  The forthcoming His Band and the Street Choir reissue contains five extra cuts -- alternate takes of "Call Me Up in Dreamland," "Give Me a Kiss" and "Gypsy Queen," and alternate versions of "I've Been Working" and "I'll Be Your Lover, Too."

    Here are the track listings for the forthcoming reissues of Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir:

    Astral Weeks:

    "Astral Weeks"
    "Beside You"
    "Sweet Thing"
    "Cyprus Avenue"
    "The Way Young Lovers Do"
    "Madame George"
    "Ballerina"
    "Slim Slow Slider"
    "Beside You" (Take 1)*
    "Madame George" (Take 4)*
    "Ballerina" (Long Version)*
    "Slim Slow Slider" (Long Version)*

    His Band and the Street Choir:

    "Domino"
    "Crazy Face"
    "Give Me a Kiss"
    "I've Been Working"
    "Call Me Up in Dreamland"
    "I'll Be Your Lover, Too"
    "Blue Money"
    "Virgo Clowns"
    "Gypsy Queen"
    "Sweet Jannie"
    "If I Ever Needed Someone"
    "Street Choir"
    "Call Me Up in Dreamland" (Take 10)*
    "Give Me a Kiss" (Take 3)*
    "Gypsy Queen" (Take 3)*
    "I've Been Working" (Alternate Version)*
    "I'll Be Your Lover, Too" (Alternate Version)*

    * = previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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  • Move Over, Taylor Swift: Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Schumer Dance on Billy Joel's Piano During Chicago Concert

    Al Pereira/Getty ImagesNewly-minted BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer popped up in an unusual place on Thursday: dancing on Billy Joel's piano during his concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

    While Billy sang "Uptown Girl," J-Law and Schumer, who are writing a screenplay together, danced barefoot on the piano, and Lawrence even kissed Schumer's feet. 

    How did this pairing come about?  "Uptown Girl" is included in Amy's film Trainwreck, and the whole thing was apparently planned.  According to E!, Kyle Dunnigan, a writer for Amy's Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, posted video on Instagram earlier showing the two actresses rehearsing with Billy, but later deleted it.

    Kim Caramele, Schumer's sister, later shared video of the actual concert, which she shot while standing behind J-Law and Amy as they danced and Billy sang.

    Amy and Jennifer met a few months ago, and Jennifer recently told the New York Times that in the screenplay they're writing together, they'll play sisters.  "Amy and I were creatively made for each other," she said. " We have different flavors. It's been the most fun experience of my life."

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  • Celine Dion Returns to the Las Vegas Stage

    Denise Truscello/WireImageAfter putting her career on hold last year to care for her husband, Rene Angelil, who's battling cancer, Celine Dion returned to her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Thursday night.

    At a pre-show press conference, Dion explained despite her husband’s continuing battle, she went back to work because her family urged her to. "So my three children and my wonderful husband wanted me to be here. Because I'm not quite sure if I wanted to be here tonight," the multiple Grammy winner admitted.

    Although exactly half of the questions were asked and answered in Dion's native French, the ones in English were primarily about her family and how they’re coping with Angelil’s health. Her answers were almost universally in praise of the strength of her family, with one notable exception coming when a reporter, trying to complement the singer’s hair, compared it to that of a Kardashian. The compliment did not go over well with Celine or her people.

    Dion performed for an hour and 50 minutes on the Caesars Palace Stage. The set has changed since her last performances, but she says even some familiar love songs have taken on new meaning in light of her husband’s illness. "I have been singing them for so long. And now 'Power of Love' and 'Because You Loved Me' and 'Incredible' and all -- I sang them, but now I mean it."

    The show itself started more than 35 minutes late, and ran for an hour an fifty minutes. It opened with a video of Celine fans from around the world lip-syncing "I Drove All Night," after which the diva then took the stage for her first number, "I Surrender."

    Over the course of the evening, the backing band took on various sizes, from a high of 29 to a low of three, and the singer changed wardrobe five times. During many of those changes, members of Celine's band performed without her, with the horn section even performing in the aisles at one point.

    Even the largest parts of the production were small compared to Celine's first run at Caesars Palace. But there were particularly intimate segments where she performed with a jazz trio, and again with a four-piece acoustic band sitting on stools. The latter required a bit of improvisation, when her guitarist unexpectedly left the stage to tune up -– the only real glitch in the show.

    Celine also did three duets with video screens of The Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra and Elvis -- and despite predictions of more original material this time around, she still indulged in plenty of covers, including a pair of Prince songs.

    Despite the emotions surrounding her husband's illness, it was only referred to twice during the show. The first came during "The First Time." As home movies played on a video screen, the largest audience applause came when he appeared. Later, during an acoustic performance of "I’m Alive," Celine shouted "I love you, Rene!" to her husband, who was reportedly watching the show and the concert via a private video feed.

    The encore began with the predicable "My Heart Will Go On," during which Celine was raised on an elevated platform inside a rotating waterfall. She then told the crowd, in part, "Tonight was not a new day. Tonight was not a new show. Tonight was a new beginning." From there, Dion launched into the evening’s final song: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

    Here’s the full set list:

    "I Surrender"
    "Where Does My Heart Beat Now?"
    "Because You Loved Me"
    "It's All Coming Back to Me Now"
    "The Power of Love"
    "Sing Sing Sing"
    "Paganini"
    "Quand Ca Balance"
    "The First Time"
    "Beauty and the Beast"
    "Will It Go Round in Circle"
    "Immortality"
    "All the Way"
    "If I Can Dream"
    "A New Day Has Come"
    "That's The Way It Is"
    "I'm Alive"
    "Incredible"
    "Love Can Move Mountains"
    "River Deep, Mountain High"
    "All By Myself"
    "Show Must Go On"
    "Uptown Funk Medley"
    "Kiss"
    "Purple Rain"
    "My Heart Will Go On"
    "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

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  • Rare Paul McCartney Sketches Part of Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction This Saturday

    CBS Photography 1964A series of four sketches Paul McCartney scrawled during the 1960s are among the many collectibles going up for bid this Saturday in Liverpool, U.K., at the 2015 edition of the city's annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction. The drawings, done on white scrap paper, feature faces of various Beatles members and include quirky messages on the opposite side.

    The sketches are estimated to sell for as much as 10,000 pounds -- or more than $15,000 -- combined.  More than 300 other lots also will go under the hammer at the auction, which will be held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.  The facility opened in 1996 and was co-founded by Sir Paul in the building that housed his old school.

    Among the other interesting pieces of memorabilia that will be auctioned are a variety of autographed singles, albums, photos and documents signed by Beatles members; a piece of the original Cavern Club stage; a 1955 John Lennon detention sheet from Liverpool's Quarry Bank High School; and handbills from a number of early Fab Four concerts.

    For more details about the sale, visit BeatlesAuction.co.uk.  The auction is being held in conjunction with Liverpool's annual International Beatleweek celebration, which runs through this Monday, September 1.  The lineup of artists and Beatles-related celebs scheduled to appear at the festival include Donovan, Badfinger's Joey Molland, one-time Wings member Denny Seiwell, former Lennon flame May Pang, George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd and photographer Bob Gruen.  Plenty of details about the fest have been posted at LiverpoolEcho.co.uk.

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  • Patti Smith Celebrates Electric Lady Studios' 45th Anniversary at Intimate NYC Gig

    Credit: Steven SebringPatti Smith gave a special intimate performance on Wednesday night at New York City's Electric Lady Studios to mark the 45th anniversary of the day that Jimi Hendrix opened the famed recording facility.  Smith, who actually was at the studio that day in 1970, performed her 1975 debut album Horses in its entirety.

    The show was the inaugural installment of the "Live at Electric Lady" concert series, and was recorded for an upcoming high-quality vinyl release that will be the first disc to be issued on the just-announced Electric Lady Records label.  According to RollingStone.com, the punk poet also shared stories about various songs she performed, with her longtime backing band, and also recited some of her poetry.

    About Horses' final tune, "Elegie," which she co-wrote with ex-boyfriend and late Blue Oyster Cult member Allen Lanier, Smith said, "A lot has happened in 40 years and all of us have lost people that we love...obviously we can't name them all, but this little song, written for Jimi Hendrix, now becomes a song to honor and remember all of them."

    Among the many celebrities who attended the concert were ex-R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Liv Tyler, director Darren Aronofsky, The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture, Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart, James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgard, Natasha Lyonne, Dakota Johnson, designer Christian Siriano and photographers Danny Clinch and Mark Seliger.

    As previously reported, Patti has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Horses' release at her shows throughout 2015, and she will launch a series of European and U.S. dates starting with a September 19 show in Zurich, Switzerland.

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  • NICK GORDON MAY HAVE BEEN PAID FOR GRIEVING FOOTAGE AT BOBBI KRISTINA'S GRAVE

    Photos and video footage of Nick Gordon visiting the grave of his ex-girlfriend, Bobbi Kristina Brown, made the rounds earlier this week and it is rumored that got paid for his grief.

    According to Page Six, Nick earned a $40,000 paycheck for the photos and video of his visit. The money will reportedly go toward his legal defense in the wrongful-death suit that has been filed against him. Cameras captured Nick holding bouquets of roses above the gravesite, kissing Bobbi Kristina's tombstone, taking cellphone pictures of it, and breaking down in tears.

    • Nick visited Fairview Cemetery in New Jersey on August 17th and photographers had allegedly camped out for two days waiting to document the scene.
    • The photos ran in National Enquirer and the video aired on Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday (August 26th.)
    • A rep for Nick claims that rumors about his payment are total lies.
    • Nick was banned from her funeral and burial services.
    • He is facing a $10 million civil suit from Bobbi Kristina's conservator.

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  • JENNIFER LAWRENCE GOT KRIS JENNER AS A BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM FRIENDS

    Jennifer Lawrence is such a Kardashian superfan that she got Kris Jenner as a gift for her birthday this year. The Hunger Games star turned 25 back on August 15th and a photo of her with Kris went viral which she recently explained to the New York Times.

    She told the newspaper, "My two best friends planned a surprise birthday party with a big surprise within the surprise. Kris Jenner comes out holding my cake, which is a pile of s**t, with a sign that says, 'Happy Birthday You Pile of S***.' My knees buckled." Jennifer continued, "It was the closest I've ever come to losing consciousness. I had no idea. I'd never met her before, but we've always watched Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And then Kris Jenner and I sang 'Build Me Up Buttercup' on karaoke and took that picture.

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  • DANIEL CRAIG REVEALS HIS SECRET TO CURING A HANGOVER

    Plan on drinking this weekend? Daniel Craig has got a hangover cure that he swears by.

    The 007 star reveals in the new issue of DuJour that he enjoys hit the bar scene as much as anyone else but can't afford to let a hangover mess with him on set the next day. Daniel adds, "There's this thing called Pedialyte. It's basically a diuretic; you give it to kids who are dehydrated. If you wake up in the morning and you've got one of those on standby and you down the whole lot...you can carry on drinking! I was told that's what Mark Wahlberg swears by. It's the difference between life and death as far as I'm concerned."

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  • JENNIFER GARNER IS HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT HER LIVING SITUATION WITH BEN AFFLECK

    Jennifer Garner is reportedly having some doubts about letting Ben Affleck live on her property. People magazine is reporting that she is questioning the arrangement following in light of the allegations that he had a fling with their former nanny.

    A source explained, "Jen will always make sure that Ben spends as much time with the kids as he wants, but she is rethinking their living situation. She can't stand the situation Ben has put her and the kids in." Another insider claims that things between them are actually on the mend saying, "They are thinking about the housing situation together and continue to work on the relationship. Any family going through a split hurts. They are in a much better place now. Jen is being smart and not putting too much pressure on herself right now. When she comes back to L.A., she will take things day by day."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    COPS SHUT DOWN JERRY SEINFELD'S LEMONADE STAND: An angry East Hampton resident called the cops to shut down a lemonade stand set up by Jerry Seinfeld and his family last week. According to local news website 27East.com, the stand was set up to raise money for Jessica Seinfeld's charity, Baby Buggy, but the neighbor was upset about the traffic it was creating in the neighborhood. Jessica shared a photo of Jerry, their son Julian, and his friends as the posed with their hands on their heads prepared to surrender. The family was told to shut it down and warned that the village code did not permit lemonade stands and other forms of peddling on its property.

    WES BENTLEY WAS RECRUITED FOR SCIENTOLOGY: Wes Bentley was on the road to stardom after his role in American Beauty but his career took a nosedive because of his struggles with addiction and scientologists reportedly tried to intervene. A friend of the actor revealed to Radar Online that members of the religion attempted to recruit Wes while he was at his low point. The source said, "Shortly after his first marriage to Jennifer Quanz fell apart, solely because of his drug abuse, he was being heavily recruited into Scientology as a means to kick the drugs." The insider continued, "He counts his blessings and he's thankful he wasn't sucked into Scientology. Wes says it's a miracle he wasn't drawn in because he was so out of it that anyone could have taken advantage of him. He thought it was disgusting how after his arrest in 2008 they descended on him like vultures, right when he was at his most vulnerable. He has no beef with the church, but he does have a problem with its methods." Wes ultimately became sober on his own and is now a husband and father of two.

    JUDGE JOE BROWN IS DOING JAIL TIME: Former TV star Judge Joe Brown has turned himself into police custody to carry out five days in jail. Joe is being punished for contempt of court stemming from a case in March 2014 when he was acting as a lawyer for someone negotiating child support. According to TMZ, Joe flipped out and caused a scene when the court clerk did not have any record of the case. His show ran on CBS from 1998 to 2013 and can still be seen in syndication.

    DONALD TRUMP PROVES HIS HAIR IS REAL: Donald Trump held a press conference in South Carolina on Thursday (August 27th) where he put to rest the rumor that he wears a toupee. He was discussing how an L.A.-area radio host has taken to calling him "El hombre del peluquin" which means "the man of the toupee" when he told the crowd, "I don't wear a toupee. It's my hair. I swear." He then called a woman on stage to prove it and said, "We're gonna settle this. You have to do an inspection here, this is getting crazy. Just real quick. We don't want to mess it up too much because I do use hair spray." The volunteer confirmed Trump's word saying, "Yes, I believe it is."

    HOUSE USED ON 'THE O.C.' IS UP FOR SALE: Anyone with a spare $6.25 million could own the ultimate piece of TV memorabilia. The house used for the exterior shots on Fox's The O.C. as the Cohen residence is on the market. It is actually located in Malibu rather than Newport and includes six bedrooms, six baths, a chef's kitchen, a pool, and a spa. The property is 6,376 square-feet.

    AUDIO: DONALD TRUMP ON HIS HAIR

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  • LEA MICHELE SPEAKS ON FINDING LOVE AFTER CORY MONTEITH

    Lea Michele has found love again following the death of her Glee co-star and boyfriend, Cory Monteith. She appears in the October issue of Flare magazine where she opens up about rebuilding her life following Cory's death.

    Lea tells the magazine, "I wanted to make sure that I was okay with me, feeling strong and feeling happy on my own. I didn't want anybody to fill any holes for me -- that sounds sexual! I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together. I needed to do that on my own. I worked very, very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world and, you know, bring in more beautiful experiences. And that's when someone miraculously came into my life."

    • Lea has been dating Matthew Paetz since they met on the set of her "On My Way" music video back in April of 2014 and they moved in together that September.
    • Cory died on July 13th, 2013.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    SPIKE LEE TO RECEIVE HONORARY OSCAR: Spike Lee will be receiving an honorary Oscar at this year's Governors Awards on November 14th. Members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted this week to honor Spike along with Gena Rowlands. They will also be giving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds. Spike has been nominated for Oscars twice before -- once for 1989's Do the Right Thing and for the 1997 documentary 4 Little Girls.

    TBS RENEWS 'AMERICAN DAD': Fans of American Dad will get to enjoy the animated comedy for at least two more years. TBS has renewed it for a 12th and 13th season. Each season will consist of 22 episodes. Season 11 is set to air in early 2016.

    AMAZON NABS 'GALAXY QUEST' SERIES: A series based on the 1999 film Galaxy Quest is in development at Amazon. The show will be written by the Robert Gordon who also worked on the movie. There are no actors currently attached to the project and it is unclear if any of the stars of the original will return. The cast included Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, and Justin Long.

    BIG RATINGS FOR NBC'S 'CARMICHAEL SHOW': NBC's new sitcom, Carmichael Show, premiered on Wednesday night (August 26th) to the highest viewership the network has seen for a new summer comedy in eight years. 4.8 million viewers tuned in but only 4.1 million stuck around for a second episode that also aired. Carmichael Show stars comedian Jerrod Carmichael along with Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier.

    'HANNIBAL' ACTOR IN THE RUNNING FOR 'DOCTOR STRANGE': Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to take on the villain role in Marvel's Doctor Strange. He would be joining the previously cast Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The movie is slated for release on November 4th, 2016.

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This day in music history: Monday August 31st

 

1987, The largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson's ‘Bad’ album were shipped to record stores in the US. The LP followed the Jackson album, ‘Thriller’, the biggest Jackson-seller of all time (over 35 million copies sold). ‘Bad’ went on to sell over 13 million copies.


This day in music history: Tuesday September 1st

 

1984, After a 25-year career, Tina Turner had her first solo No.1 single in the US with 'What's Love Got To Do With It'. This song was originally written for Cliff Richard, however the song was rejected. It was then offered to Donna Summer, who has stated she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it.


This day in music history: Wednesday September 2nd

 

1972, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Wear It Well', the singers second UK No.1 was taken from his album 'Never A Dull Moment.'


This day in music history: Thursday September 3rd

 

1977, The month after his death, Elvis Presley had 27 albums and 9 singles in the Top 100 charts in the UK. 'Moody Blue' was the No.1 album while 'Way Down' was No.1 on the singles chart, (putting him equal with the Beatles, each amassing 17 No.1 hits).


This day in music history: Friday September 4th

 

1976, The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Should Be Dancing', the group's third US No.1, a No.5 hit n the UK. It was this song that launched the trio into Disco stardom and is the first chart-topper in which Barry Gibb used his now-trademark falsetto.

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