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Special guest on The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with Jenn & Steph Tuesday morning at 10... Mountain Man (Tim Guraedy), from Duck Dynasty! He will be talking about his new book,

Special guest on The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with Jenn & Steph Tuesday morning at 10...

Mountain Man (Tim Guraedy), from Duck Dynasty!

He will be talking about his new book,

"Mountain Man: Keepin a Slow Profile".

You DON'T want to miss this one!


Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Will Give Tickets To See KC and the Sunshine Band December 27

Jenn and Steph will be giving away five pairs of tickets to see KC and the Sunshine Band in concert Saturday night December 27 at Paragon Casino. Here's how to qualify: Starting Monday December 15. be caller 5 at our contest line at 506-2444 when you hear you cue to call: "Thats The Way I Like It". You will qualify for the drawing Thursday December 18 at 11:00am. You must be 21 or older. One qualifer per family. Good luck from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!!


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.


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

 

  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to Open for The Who Throughout Band's 2015 North American Tour

    AEG LiveThe Who has announced that it will be joined by a newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, when the British rock legends hit the road for the North American legs of their 50th anniversary next year.  Jett and her longtime backing group will be special guests for the entire stateside segment of The Who Hits 50! trek, which kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Florida.

    "Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment," says Who frontman Roger Daltrey. "I love her."

    Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend adds, "We've been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time.  She is the real deal.  This will be a great night of rock and roll for everyone."

    As for Jett, she notes that after she left her first band, The Runaways, The Who and their manager, Bill Curbishley, allowed her to use their studio, which, she says, "gave me the freedom to start my label, Blackheart Records." Joan adds, "I've modeled my career and my company after their amazing organization.  I'm so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour.  No one personifies Rock and Roll Royalty more than The Who."

    Jett & the Blackhearts are scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 18, which happens to be an off day on The Who's tour.

    Back in July, Jett and her group joined Daltrey to perform at a benefit concert in Philadelphia that raised funds for a local hospital that, in conjunction with the Teen Cancer America organization, is building a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults fighting cancer.

    The Who's 2015 North American tour includes a spring and a fall leg.  Here are all of the confirmed dates:

    Leg One
    4/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
    4/17 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
    4/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    4/21 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
    4/23 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
    4/27 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
    4/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
    5/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
    5/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
    5/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
    5/9 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena
    5/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
    5/13 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
    5/15 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
    5/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
    5/20 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
    5/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
    5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
    5/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
    5/30 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium

    Leg Two
    9/14 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
    9/16 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
    *9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace
    9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
    9/23 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
    9/25 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
    9/27 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
    9/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
    10/1 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
    10/3 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
    10/6 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
    10/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
    10/10 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
    10/13 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
    10/15 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
    10/17 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
    10/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
    10/21 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
    10/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
    10/25 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
    10/27 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
    10/29 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
    11/1 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
    11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

    * = without Jett & the Blackhearts.

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  • Paul McCartney to Visit "The Tonight Show" This Evening

    MPL/Mary McCartneyHot on the heels of his appearance Tuesday night on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Paul McCartney will be a guest this evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Fans can expect to hear McCartney chat about his new single, "Hope for the Future," which he wrote for the popular video game Destiny.

    Sir Paul will be a guest alongside Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.  The oddball duo, who recently released the chart-topping album Cheek to Cheek, will be interviewed as well as serving as the show's musical guest.  The Tonight Show airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

    In other news, the complete transcript of a recent live Q&A event McCartney took part in for U.K. model Lily Cole's website, Impossible.com, has been posted at PaulMcCartney.com.

    During the interview, which focused on Paul's songwriting, he discussed such topics as creating the aforementioned "Hope for the Future" and his partnership with John Lennon.

    McCartney explained that he had been collaborating with composer Marty O'Donnell on the Destiny score when he was asked to help write a regular song for the project.  He pointed out that O'Donnell told him some details about the game, which helped him come up with the lyrics.

    "He told me that the idea of the game was that it's a big 'shoot-em-up' and you shoot your way, and you save humanity from all the aliens, therefore giving hope," noted McCartney.  "So I just put that idea together, that instead of a big 'shoot-em-up' I'll just make it a more general thing of 'we need some hope for the future.'  So that's what I did, and that was it!"

    As for his long partnership with Lennon, Paul said, "Obviously writing with John was the ultimate collaboration.  I think we were both very lucky to find each other, because we played perfectly off each other."

    He added, "One of the amazing things about me and John writing together was that -- I think we wrote just short of three hundred songs together…we never had a dry session. Every time we got together and sat down, we'd work…only for about three hours, because you start getting a bit bored after three hours, but we would always come up with a song, which is pretty cool!"

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  • Confirmed: Elton John Will Marry Partner David Furnish This Weekend

    JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesA rep for Elton John has confirmed to ABC News Radio that he and his longtime partner David Furnish will marry this weekend.

    The news that the two would take advantage of Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage, which was enacted in March, was initially reported by a British tabloid.  The wedding reportedly will be private. 

    Elton and David got a civil partnership in 2005, and they'll now convert that status to marriage.  The couple, who've been together for 20 years, have two sons: three-year-old Zachary and one-year-old Elijah.

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  • Randy Bachman's Upcoming Studio Album Arriving in April; Features Neil Young, Peter Frampton

    Credit: Mike HoughRandy Bachman has revealed full details about his upcoming solo album, which is called Heavy Blues and will be released on April 15, 2015.  The Canadian rocker, who's a founding member of both The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, will issue the new record under the name Bachman, a three-piece outfit that also features bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon.

    As Randy Bachman told ABC News Radio earlier this year, the album will feature appearances by a variety of guest guitarists, including Neil Young, Peter Frampton and Joe Bonamassa.  In addition, lap-steel guitar whiz Robert Randolph has contributed to project, and Randy has incorporated a performance by the late Jeff Healey into a track.

    Heavy Blues is a collection of original tunes penned by Bachman that's influenced his love of 1960s rock and blues.

    Bachman usually produces his own albums, but for Heavy Blues he hired Kevin Shirley, who previously has worked on recordings by Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rush and Iron Maiden.

    "I've known Kevin for many years and watched his producer credits grow to include many rock legends," says Randy in a statement.  "I knew that he could push me past my limit, pull me onto new paths and direct me down new roads.  The collaboration, paired with Dale Anne and Anna's musical ferocity, has made this entire project an amazing experience for me."

    When Bachman spoke with ABC News Radio in September, he had high praise for Ruddick and Brendon. "They are just amazing," he declared.  "And at times we sound like The Who and we sound like Cream live and we sound like Zeppelin.  And at times it sounds like me."

    Bachman also revealed during that interview that the new album was inspired by some advice Young had given to him.  "He said…'Don't do the same old crap and call it something new…Stop, get out of the box, do something fearless, be fierce, be ferocious, reinvent yourself.'"

    Although no dates have been announced, Bachman is planning to mount a major 2015 tour in support of Heavy Blues.

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  • Madonna Addresses Album Leak, Thanks Fans for Not Listening

    Image credit: Mert & MarcusA few weeks ago, Madonna and her manager were furious when a couple of songs from her upcoming album leaked online.  Now the entire album has apparently found its way onto the Web, but some fans, aware of Madonna's feelings on the subject, have taken to Twitter to say they won't listen.  The Queen of Pop has now taken to Instagram to thank those fans, and to caution them that what's out there isn't exactly the finished product.

    "Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty!" Madonna writes in her post.  "Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world."

    The alleged album is being referred to by one of two titles: Iconic or Unapologetic B**ch, that last one being one of Madonna's frequently-used hashtags.  The alleged track listing features song titles that have already been confirmed or rumored, such as "Rebel Heart," "Make the Devil Pray," "Messiah," "Living 4 Love" and "B**ch I'm Madonna."

    Madonna's new album, which includes production and songwriting collaborations from the likes of Avicii, Diplo and Ryan Tedder, has no official title or release date as of yet.

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  • Stevie Wonder Featured on Upcoming Mark Ronson Album, "Uptown Special"

    Credit: Eddie WolflStevie Wonder appears on two tracks on Uptown Special, popular DJ and producer Mark Ronson's upcoming studio album, which will be released on January 13.  According to an official track list for the album posted on Ronson's Instagram page, the Motown legend is a featured guest on the lead track, "Uptown's First Final," as well as on the last song, "Crack in the Pearl Part II."

    A new press announcement about the record reports that Wonder contributed his harmonica talents to the project.  The lead single from Uptown Special, "Uptown Funk," is a collaboration with young pop star Bruno Mars that currently is in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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  • Dave Davies Says New Kinks Box Set, "The Anthology," Is a "Well Thought Out" Package

    BMG/InGroovesThis week saw the release of a new Kinks box set called The Anthology 1964-1971, a five-CD collection of recordings the influential British band made during its years with the Pye label.  The compilation gathers remastered versions of many of the group's best-known songs, along with album gems, demos, alternate mixes, studio outtakes, live performances and more.

    Besides all the great music included in The Anthology, the set features extensive liner notes and rare photos.  Founding Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies tells ABC News Radio that he had a hand in putting together the package, which he says was "a well-thought-out process."

    "I helped with the usual things -- liner notes and finding pictures," he explains.  "And, there's a few collectors out there that supplied certain parts of…the layout and graphic design…So there's a lot of information there for people who are that way inclined."

    In all, the retrospective features nearly 140 tracks, 25 of which were previously unreleased.  Among the unheard recordings are excerpts from sessions that yielded "Waterloo Sunset," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" and "Days."  As for the Kinks hits that appear in the set, they include "All Day and All of the Night," "Tired of Waiting for You," "Till the End of the Day," "A Well Respected Man," "Sunny Afternoon," "Victoria," "Apeman," "Lola" and, of course, "You Really Got Me."

    The Anthology is just one of a number of releases commemorating The Kinks' 50th anniversary this year.  Also in conjunction with the milestone, the band began a reissue campaign that has included the recent release of a deluxe two-disc edition of 1971's Muswell Hillbillies and high-res digital versions of many of the group's studio albums.  Additional physical reissues are planned for 2015.

    With regard to The Kinks' albums being re-released, Dave says, "They're all special in their own way, I think.  So, it's lovely to see them remastered and repackaged and out there again."  He adds, "I don't think people can get enough of The Kinks' music.  There's a lot of it, but there's a lot that's been overlooked as well."

    Davies cites Muswell Hillbillies as an example of his band's more obscure and under-appreciated work.

    "I love Muswell Hillbillies," he tells ABC News Radio, "and how so much of it was influenced by our family and extended family…[I]f you think through the catalog of Kinks music, a lot of it is very heavily sourced from our actual family members."

    Speaking of Davies family members, Dave's brother and longtime band mate Ray will be signing copies of The Anthology and other Kinks-related recent releases on Thursday afternoon in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre prior to that evening's performance of the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon.

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  • Paul McCartney Talks Ringo Starr Honor, New Single on "The Daily Show"

    MPL/Mary McCartneyPaul McCartney was a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show Tuesday night to promote his new single, "Hope for the Future," but he briefly addressed his former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr's impending honor from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    It was announced earlier in the day that Ringo will receive the Award for Musical Excellence during the Rock Hall's 2015 induction ceremony. He's already been enshrined in the Rock Hall as a member of The Beatles.

    When The Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked McCartney if he'll attend the ceremony next April in Cleveland, he replied, "I definitely am. I'm really excited."

    Some of their chit-chat centered on "Hope for the Future," which McCartney wrote for the video game Destiny. Stewart noted that video game franchises can rake in more money than movies; the musician quipped, "That's what was pointed out by the people who asked me. 'Why don't you do this, Paul? It's bigger than anything.'"

    Sir Paul admitted that he's not very good at video games, but he scored points with his grandkids with his contribution to Destiny.

    McCartney's scheduled to appear on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.

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  • Joan Jett Says Getting Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Feels "Surreal"

    Credit: Roger EricksonAs reported earlier on Tuesday, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were among the artists who will be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the institution's 2015 induction ceremony, which will take place April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall.  Now, the band's influential frontwoman has issued a statement expressing her feelings about the honor.

    "I'm still collecting my thoughts, but the feeling is surreal," says Jett.  "I've always focused on making music for the art of it, and its ability to reach others.  I am truly honored that my music has been recognized by the great rock and roll community that voted me in."

    The 2015 ceremony will be the second consecutive Rock Hall induction event at which Joan will appear.  This past April, she was one of several female artists who performed with the surviving members of Nirvana in celebration of that group's induction at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

    Jett, of course, began her music career as a teenager in the 1970s when she helped found the all-female hard-rock group The Runaways.  That band broke up in 1979, and Joan released one solo album before forming the Blackhearts in 1981.  Their most recent album, Unvarnished was released in September of 2013.

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  • ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Among Stars Who'll Perform at Talking Heads Tribute Concert in NYC

    Image Courtesy of Michael DorfThe music of David Byrne and his old band The Talking Heads will be the focus of the latest in a series of star-studded tribute concerts organized by New York City entrepreneur Michael Dorf.  The show is scheduled for March 23, 2015, at New York's Carnegie Hall.

    The initial lineup for the event includes ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, The Roots, Steve Earle, Rufus Wainwright, and Sleigh Bells singer Alexis Krauss, among others.  More performers will be announced soon. At least 20 artists are expected to hit the stage during the show.

    General admission tickets are available now at the Carnegie Hall box office and CarnegieHall.org.  VIP packages can be purchased by visiting MusicOf.org.

    Proceeds from the show will benefit various music education programs for underprivileged youths.  The Byrne and Talking Heads tribute will be the 11th annual themed charity concert Dorf has helped organize in New York City.  The events have raised more than $1 million so far.

    Among the artists that have been the subject of previous shows are The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Elton John, R.E.M., The Who, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    COCA-COLA SPLITS FROM 'AMERICAN IDOL': Coca-Cola has ended their partnership with American Idol after 13 seasons. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Fox is already negotiating deals with potential new sponsors. The 14th season of the show begins on January 7th.

    'THE WALKING DEAD' SPINOFF TO BE SET IN L.A.: E! News is reporting that AMC's new Walking Dead spinoff will be set in L.A. The official title for the series has not yet been released. Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey have been cast in the lead roles. The original series takes place in Atlanta and the surrounding area.

    ABC FAMILY ORDERS 'RECOVERY ROAD': ABC Family has picked up the drama pilot, Recovery Road, to series. The show is based on the young adult novel of the same name by Blake Nelson and tells the story of a teenage girl dealing with addiction. The pilot was written by Easy A's Bert V. Royal and Ruby & The Rock's Karen DiConcetto.

    TIM BURTON CONFIRMS 'BEETLEJUICE' SEQUEL: Tim Burton has confirmed to MTV News that Beetlejuice 2 is definitely happening and that some familiar faces will be back -- including Winona Ryder whom he recently worked with on a music video for The Killers. He said, "I worked with Ryder, I hadn't seen her in a while...and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her...and that character, I just miss it, there's some freedom about that character that I love." Michael Keaton said back in February that he would return for a sequel if Tim was the director.

    SONY HACKERS MAKE THREATS OVER 'THE INTERVIEW': The Sony hackers have issued a statement threatening 9/11-like attacks on theaters that screen The Interview. The message was sent with a new batch of leaked emails. It reads, "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY." Sony has not yet responded to the threat.

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  • ALEX TREBEK WAS READY TO LEAVE JEOPARDY OVER 'KIDS WEEK' DRAMA

    Alex Trebek was ready to part ways with Jeopardy over an incident that happened during the recent kid's week. Radar Online is reporting that the drama was the subject of a series of emails that were leaked during the Sony hack.

    According to the website, one of the children became upset when she did not have enough money to participate in final jeopardy which prompted her to run back stage where she had to be calmed down by her mother and a producer for the show. The mother later wrote a letter to the show expressing her disappointment that Trebek did nothing to help console on her daughter. Producers wrote an email to the 74-year-old host asking him to reshoot the segment to appease the girl's mother to which he responded, "If you all think I should retape the opening, I will. But I want to say that for 30 years I've defended our show against attacks inside and out. But it doesn't seem to operate both ways. When I'm vilified, corporate -- and certainly legal -- always seems to say 'don't say anything and it'll blow over,' and I'm not feeling support from the producers, and that disappoints the s**t out of me. If I'm making mistakes and saying things you don't like, maybe it's time for me to move on. It's not a threat, but I want to let you know how I'm feeling."

    • Alex is under contract to host Jeopardy until 2016.
    • The show's executive producer, Harry Friedman, later sent an email saying that Trebek eventually calmed down.

    OPRAH WEIGHS IN ON LEAKED EMAILS:

    Oprah recently sat down for a CNN interview where she discussed the leaked email coverage saying, "I would hope that we would not stand in such harsh judgment of a moment in time where somebody was hacked and their private conversations were put before the world. I try and write everything as though it's gonna show up in the New York Times. But there are things you say in your private conversations with your friends and your colleagues that you would not want to be broadcast on CNN."

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  • AARON SORKIN WRITES THAT MALE ACTORS WORK HARDER FOR OSCARS IN LEAKED EMAIL

    One of the newly leaked Sony emails reveals Aaron Sorkin's belief that male actors work harder for their Oscars than females. The original exchange was between Aaron and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd regarding her column from March about the lack of female representation and diversity in Hollywood. The email was forwarded to Sony's Amy Pascal from Dowd.

    Aaron wrote, "The degree of difficulty in Blanchett's performance in Blue Jasmine was nothing close to the degree of difficulty to any of the nominated male lead performances that year. That's why year in and year out, the guy who wins the Oscar for Best Actor has a much higher bar to clear than the woman who wins Best Actress. Cate gave a terrific performance in Blue Jasmine but nothing close to the degree of difficulty for any of the five Best Actor nominees. Daniel Day-Lewis had to give the performance he gave in Lincoln to win -- Jennifer Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook, in which she did what a professional actress is supposed to be able to do. Colin Firth/Natalie Portman. Phil Hoffman had to transform himself into Truman Capote while Julia Roberts won for being brassy in Erin Brockovich. Sandra Bullock won for The Blind Side and Al Pacino lost for both Godfather movies. Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep can play with the boys but there just aren't that many tour-de-force roles out there for women."

    • Sorkin recently wrote a piece for the Times calling out the media for reporting on the leaked emails by saying they hold as much blame as the hackers themselves.

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  • KATHIE LEE GIFFORD CLAIMS BILL COSBY TRIED TO KISS HER

    Kathie Lee Gifford claimed on the Today show on Tuesday morning (December 16th) that Bill Cosby made a move on her the last time she saw him.

    She said, "I will admit, towards the very last times I saw him, he did try to kiss me. I said, 'Bill, no, we're friends' and he said, 'OK, goodnight' and I said, 'Goodnight.' And I went to my room, and he went into his room. A lot of married men come onto single women, but once I said, 'No, absolutely not' he respected it."

    • Kathie Lee also addressed the recent accusations made by model Beverly Johnson saying, "I do know that I got a chill reading Beverly Johnson's story, because every night when we'd come off stage and Bill would be going on-stage, he would have made cappuccinos for all three of us. And I always thought it was such a kindness and it was so sweet, and now you see Beverly Johnson saying that he made her a cappuccino, and I just don't want it to be true, but I'm not saying that the women are liars. I'm just saying I never personally saw it with my own two eyes."
    • Gifford's revelation came out the same time that news broke of a woman who claims Bill drugged her at the Playboy mansion in 2008. She alleges that he led her to a bedroom and she woke up naked to him playing with her feet with his pants around his ankles.
    • Spelman College in Atlanta has suspended their professorship program created in Bill's name back in 1996 in light of the recent allegations.
    • Bob Butler of the National Association of Black Journalist recently spoke with TMZ regarding Cosby's comment that he expects the black media to stay neutral with his story. Butler said, "You don't go easier on a person of color. It's wrong for journalism period. This not a color issue, this is a journalism issue...black people happen to be reporters."
    • Bill's daughter, Evin Cosby, released a statement to Access Hollywood saying, "He is the FATHER you thought you knew. The Cosby Show was my today's tv reality show. Thank you. That's all I would like to say :)."
    • Meanwhile, the L.A. County District Attorney has rejected the case involving Judy Huth, the woman who claimed that Cosby sexually molested her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15. The D.A. said that the statute of limitations has long run on any possible case.

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  • 'FROZEN' DIRECTOR APOLOGIZES FOR 'LET IT GO'

    Even the director of Disney's Frozen knows you're probably sick of hearing "Let It Go." Jennifer Lee recently chatted about the success of the film and the soundtrack in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

    She said, "A year ago, I'd meet people who, when they found out who I was, they'd say, 'Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time.' Now they're like, 'Yep, we're still listening to those songs.' I've gone from, 'Thank you,' to, 'Sorry!'"

    • Idina Menzel also offered a similar apology while chatting with CBS Sunday Morning back in April saying, "I apologize to everyone out there. To all the parents whose children are making them play it ad nauseam."
    • "Let It Go" reached fifth place on Billboard charts last March.
    • Frozen hit theaters in November of 2013.

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    CHARLIE HUNNAM DOESN'T TRUST ICLOUD: Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam may have shown a lot of skin on the hit FX series but he draws the line at taking naked selfies. He recently told Cosmo, "I just got an iPhone last year. I love Apple products, but I don't use the cloud. I don't trust it, so you won't find any nude photos from me personally." Charlie added, "It's much more likely that I'd be followed somewhere and had taken off all my clothes to jump in a pool of water on a hike or something. I'm not doing any home photo shoots."

    TERESA GUIDICE DIDN'T PAY FOR DAUGHTER'S MUSIC VIDEOS: Rumors that Teresa Guidice has been paying for her daughter's music videos are apparently false. Gia Guidice's management company told TMZ that the videos have been funded by their company as well as private investors. Gia's group, 3KT, just released a new video for their Christmas song "Season of Joy."

    JAMIE DORNAN HIT UP A SEX DUNGEON TO PREPARE FOR 'FIFTY SHADES OF GREY': Jamie Dornan reveals in the February issue of Elle UK that he visited a sex dungeon to prepare for his role as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. He tells the magazine, "I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did...whatever they were into. I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives. I was like: 'Come on guys I know I'm not paying for this but I am expecting a show.'" Jamie adds that he took a long shower when he got home before touching his wife and newborn baby.

    JOEY FATONE CONFIRMS JESSICA BIEL'S PREGNANCY: Joey Fatone has confirmed Jessica Biel's pregnancy to InTouch Weekly. He revealed to the magazine that Justin Timberlake broke the news to him a while ago. Joey told the magazine, "Jessica is awesome, and Justin is a kid at heart. They'll have fun." Neither Jessica nor Justin has confirmed the rumors themselves.

    MATT BELLAMY SAYS HE'S HAPPY AFTER KATE HUDSON BREAKUP: TMZ caught up with Matt Bellamy recently where he said he was "happy as Larry" when asked how he is feeling after his breakup with Kate Hudson. The couple announced the end of their engagement last week after four years of dating. They have a three-year-old son together. Kate is rumored to have already moved on with Derek Hough.

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  • CRAIG WAYNE BOYD IS NAMED WINNER OF 'THE VOICE'

    Last night (Dec 16th) on the season 7 finale of The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, representing team Blake, was named the winner of the singing competition.

    Host Carson Daly revealed Damien would be finishing in fourth place, and Chris Jamison would land in third. Those results left Boyd and Matt McAndrew as the final two contestants standing. After Craig was named the winner, he ended the show with "My Babys Got A Smile On Her Face".

    The show featured many performances including Fall Out Boy performing "Centuries" with McAndrew. Mark Ronson also performed "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars and Boyd performed "Sweet Home Alabama" with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Damien and Jennifer Hudson performed "It's Your World" and Ed Sheeran performed "Thinking Out Loud". Jamison also performed "Masterpiece" with Jessie J and Meghan Trainor performed "Lips Are Movin'".

    AUDIO: VOICE MEGHAN TRAINOR PERFORMS LIPS ARE MOVIN
    AUDIO: VOICE MATT MCANDREW PERFORMS CENTURIES WITH FALL OUT BOY
    AUDIO: VOICE MARK RONSON PERFORMS UPTOWN FUNK WITH BRUNO MARS
    AUDIO: VOICE ED SHEERAN PERFORMS THINKING OUT LOUD
    AUDIO: VOICE DAMIEN PERFORMS ITS YOUR WORLD WITH JENNIFER HUDSON
    AUDIO: VOICE CRAIG WAYNE BOYD WINS THE COMPETITION
    AUDIO: VOICE CRAIG WAYNE BOYD PERFORMS SWEET HOME ALABAMA WITH LYNYRD SKYNYRD
    AUDIO: VOICE CRAIG WAYNE BOYD PERFORMS MY BABYS GOT A SMILE ON HER FACE
    AUDIO: VOICE CHRIS JAMISON WINS THIRD PLACE
    AUDIO: VOICE CHRIS JAMISON PERFORMS MASTERPIECE WITH JESSIE J

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  • SOMEONE SPENT $23,000 TO KISS DIANNA AGRON

    Former Glee actress Dianna Agron raised $23,000 for charity by selling a kiss.

    According to Page Six, the 28-year-old attended the 10th anniversary gala for the social networking site, ASmallWorld, in Gstaad, Switzerland over the weekend where she took the stage to be auctioned off. A mystery bidder won after offering $23,000 for the peck. He reportedly ponied up the money and got his prize right away.
    Money raised at the event benefitted War Child -- a nonprofit organization providing support for young people and their families affected by war.

    • Agron recently broke up with her boyfriend, Thomas Cocquerel, after less than a year of dating.

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