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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


KVPI Fan Appreciation Night - to Benefit The Evangeline Community Autism Network

 

KVPI FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT!
This night is for YOU... our listeners!
Come out and meet the KVPI Staff, enjoy great

music, food, drinks, and more!
ALL Proceeds go to benefit our local non-profit Autism Awareness Organization... Evangeline CAN-Community Autism Network!!
Tickets only $20! (Get them now... they will be $25 at the door)
First 50 people get a t-shirt!
Mark your calendar, purchase your tickets,

and come out for a night of fun!

 


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

 

  • Mick Jagger & Keith Richards Lend Their Voices to New Episode of Web Comedy Series

    Credit: Claude GassianMick Jagger and Keith Richards have lent their voices to a new episode of comedy collective The Kloons' web series Sisters, which features Kloons members Nik Kazoura and Mitch Lewis acting out real-life audio conversations between Nik's mother and aunt.

    During the episode, the Kloons guys are shown lip-syncing to the women's voices as they discuss The Rolling Stones' famous logo, ponder whether Keith's last name is Richards or Richardson and talk about what a nice head of hair Jagger has while looking at a photo of the band in a coffee shop.  As the two-and-a-half-minute video winds down, two young women are seen at a table in the same café, and when they open their mouths to chat, the voices of Jagger and Richards are heard, as they humorously talk about wanting to leave the city and hitting the road.

    At the end of the clip, Lewis thanks Jagger and Richards for taking part in the sketch, while Kazoura reminds viewers that The Stones are heading out on tour soon.  The band's upcoming tour dates also are shown.

    Lewis told Tubefilter.com how Jagger and Richards came to be involved in the episode.  As the comic explained, last fall The Stones' touring company showed the Sisters web series to the rock legends, who liked what they saw and agreed to take part in the video.

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  • Don Henley Settles Lawsuit with Clothing Company over Pun-Filled Ad

    Credit: James GladerThe Eagles' Don Henley has settled a lawsuit he brought last year against a Wisconsin-based clothing company that seemingly incorporated his name and the title of one of his band's well-known songs into an advertisement for a line of its shirts.  According to documents filed on Tuesday in a California federal court, the Duluth Trading Co. has agreed to never again use or allude to the singer's full name in connection with selling its Henley-style collarless pullover shirts, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

    Last October, Duluth Trading sent customers an email ad for its Henley shirts that included the phrase, "Don a Henley and take it easy," prompting the Eagles star to launch a copyright-infringement suit against the company.

    As part of the settlement, Duluth has promised to never again use the words "Don" and "Henley" together or near each another in its future advertisements.

    The company also has issued an apology to Henley for using his name without his permission.

    "We appreciate and respect what Mr. Henley has meant to music and we now see that our use of his name and an Eagles' song title in our advertisement was inappropriate," reads the statement.  "For that we are deeply regretful and we apologize, not just to Mr. Henley, but to anyone else who took offense.  We have learned a valuable lesson and thank Mr. Henley for helping us appreciate the importance that he and other artists place in their publicity rights."

    Duluth Trading also explains that, at Henley's request and as part of the settlement, the company has donated an undisclosed amount of money to the singer's Walden Woods Project in honor of the environmental organization's 25th anniversary.

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  • James Taylor Schedules Summer Tour in Support of Upcoming Album "Before This World"

    Credit: Timothy WhiteJames Taylor has scheduled a new series of U.S. tour dates in support of his first new album of original material in more than a decade, Before This World.  His itinerary runs from a July 2 concert in Allentown, Pennsylvania, through a previously announced August 6 show at Boston's Fenway Park.

    The Fenway show, which is sold out and features special guest Bonnie Raitt, marks the first concert that the James will play at the famous baseball stadium. 

    The tour also includes a previously reported, sold-out July 4 show at Tanglewood in Lennox, Massachusetts, where James traditionally plays on the holiday.  Tickets for all of James' upcoming U.S. shows, with the exception of the Fenway Park and Tanglewood shows, go on sale to the general public on April 24 at 10 a.m. ET.  Visit JamesTaylor.com for information about pre-sale tickets.

    Before This World is due June 16 and features guest appearances by Sting, James' wife, Kim, and son Henry.

    Here's the full list of James Taylor's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

    7/2/15 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center
    7/4/15 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood
    7/7/15 -- Portland, ME, Cross Insurance Center
    7/9/15 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Arena
    7/11/15 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
    7/12/15 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
    7/14/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
    7/15/15 -- Indianapolis, IN, Kliptsch Music Center
    7/17/15 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend
    7/28/15 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson Boiling Arena
    7/29/15 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
    7/31/15 -- Greensboro, NC, Coliseum
    8/1/15 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata
    8/3/15 -- Youngstown, OH, Covelli Center
    8/4/15 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills - Tennis Stadium
    8/6/15 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park

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  • Beatles-Themed Piano Autographed by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Auctioned for Almost $100K

    Image Courtesy of Kim BergeronThe Beatles-themed antique piano that surviving Fab Four members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr signed last fall to help raise money for a New Orleans-area Habitat for Humanity chapter sold at auction Thursday for big bucks.  The instrument brought in $98,888, just shy of the $100,000 it was expected to fetch.  The winning bidder was an unidentified woman from Florida.

    The piano was autographed separately by Starr and McCartney, respectively, on October 17 in Biloxi, Mississippi, and October 28 in Louisville, Kentucky, during the rock legends' tour stops in those cities.  The instrument, which dates back to 1908, is decorated with a variety of Beatles-related images and phrases painted by Lori Gomez, an artist from the New Orleans suburb of Slidell, Louisiana, where the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity is located.

    The charity will use the money from the auction to support its Veterans Build initiative, which helps provide housing to local veterans and their families.

    You can read additional details about the piano, including the interesting story behind how Starr's and McCartney's autographs were procured, at RightBrainDiaries.com.

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  • Billy Joel Lends Support -- and His Voice -- to Save the Elephants Campaign

    Lloyd Bishop/NBCAs a pianist, Billy Joel may have spent a lot of time "tickling the ivories," but he wants to make sure that doesn't involve real elephant ivory.  The musician, animal lover and expectant father is lending his voice to a new series of ads supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society's 96 Elephants campaign, "Take a Stand for Elephants."

    96 Elephants was named for the number of elephants killed each day by poachers in Africa for their ivory tusks.  Its aim is to bring together world citizens, partners, thought-leaders and change-makers to stop the killing of elephants and help ban the sale of ivory. 

    "We can't turn back time, but we can reverse this trend," Joel says in a voiceover during one of the promo videos for the initiative.  "Don't be the generation that allowed elephants to go extinct."

    Last year, Billy wrote an impassioned letter in support of a bill in the New York State Senate that would severely restrict the sale of items made of ivory.

    "I am a piano player.  And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists.  But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day," he wrote.  "There are other materials which can be substituted for piano keys.  But magnificent creatures like these can never be replaced."

    Joel added, "Music must never be used as an excuse to destroy an endangered species.  Music should be a celebration of life -- not an instrument of death."

    The bill was signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last August.

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  • Ringo Starr on "Beautiful" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction: "Well, It's About Time"

    Credit: Rob ShanahanOn Saturday at Cleveland's Public Hall, Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, thereby becoming the last of The Beatles' four members to be honored individually by the institution.

    Starr initially was inducted into the Rock Hall as a member of the Fab Four in 1988, then saw his band mates John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recognized for their solo careers in 1994, 1999 and 2004, respectively.  So how does the famed drummer feel about finally being acknowledged by the hallowed Hall?

    "Well, it's about time," Ringo tells ABC Radio with a laugh.  "I think it's beautiful.  I do.  I really think it's beautiful, and it's something for me to look forward to."

    Starr reveals that it was McCartney who informed him that he was getting the honor.

    "He called, and he said, 'They want to induct you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I'll induct you.  And will you accept?'" explains Ringo.  "So I said, 'Sure.  Sure.  We can have a night out.'"

    Unbeknownst to Starr, his Rock Hall induction came about thanks to a little help from his old friend.

    "I've found out…that [Paul] was out to dinner sitting 'round with a couple of other musicians, and no one could believe I wasn't in it," Ringo tells ABC Radio.  "So they worked on it to get me in."

    McCartney himself has admitted in recent interviews that when he told Rock Hall organizers that he would do the honors and induct Starr, that helped seal the deal for Ringo.  In conjunction with his induction, Starr will be honored with the Award for Musical Excellence.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's other 2015 inductees are the late Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and his band Double Trouble, Green Day, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers and The "5" Royales.  No word yet on whether Starr will be performing at the ceremony.  A TV special featuring highlights from the big event will premiere May 30 on HBO.

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  • Billy Joel's Ex-Wife Congratulates Him on Baby News

    Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel's third ex-wife, Katie Lee, has offered her congratulations to the singer, following the news that he's expecting a baby with girlfriend Alexis Roderick.  Food Network host Lee, who was married to the Piano Man from 2004 to 2006, tells Extra that she has nothing but good wishes for the couple.

    "I'm really happy for them," she says.  "He's a great guy, he deserves all the happiness in the world, and he's a terrific father so I'm really, really happy."

    Lee adds that she still speaks with Joel and that they've remained close.  "He will always be in my life and I think he's just the greatest," she says.

    A rep for Joel confirmed to ABC News Tuesday that the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his 33-year-old girlfriend will welcome their first child together this summer.  It will be Billy's second child.  He and his second ex-wife, Christie Brinkley, have a 29-year-old daughter, singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel.

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  • The Grateful Dead's Chicago Farewell Concerts to Be Screened Live in US Theaters

    Courtesy of The Grateful DeadHere's some exciting news for Grateful Dead fans who haven't been able to score tickets to the sold-out farewell shows the band's surviving members will be playing at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3, 4 and 5: The three concerts also will be shown live in theaters across the U.S.

    Each screening is slated to run for five hours, and will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  Tickets will go on sale on May 4 via Fathom Events, the same company that's responsible for the one-night-only screenings of concert films like the recent Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 and the Led Zeppelin flick, as well as the annual Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies event.

    As previously reported, the Chicago concerts -- which have been dubbed Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead -- will feature Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Bob Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart performing with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, ex-Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.  The band has announced that the July 5 show will be the very last that the Dead members will play together.  Two other Fare Thee Well concerts also have been scheduled, on June 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, California.

    Meanwhile, this year's edition of the Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies is scheduled for May 4, and will take place in hundreds of U.S. theaters.  It will feature the screening of a previously unreleased concert film documenting a July 1989 Dead performance in East Troy, Wisconsin.

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  • New Interactive Tour of Abbey Road Studios Offers Features on The Beatles, Pink Floyd & More

    Capitol Records/Universal MusicLondon's Abbey Road Studios, where most of The Beatles' classic recordings were made, isn't open to the public, but a new interactive online feature is giving everyone the chance to take an in-depth tour of the famous London facility.  Inside Abbey Road, which premiered on Google this week, allows the user to enjoy 3-D, 360-degree views of Abbey Road's three recording studios and its mastering room.

    Each room also offers various audio, video, photo and text features with details about the studio's history and the various artists who recorded there over the years.  Among these features is an essay about The Beatles' famous 1967 performance of "All You Need Is Love" that was part of the first TV event to be broadcast around the world via satellite; videos that were filmed at Abbey Road featuring Paul McCartney, Sting and Elton John; and details about Pink Floyd's work at the studio, as well as audio clips of some of the band's songs.

    The website also allows visitors to virtually check out and play around with various pieces of equipment in the studios.  Guiding the user throughout the tour is the voice of Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles producer George Martin.

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  • Ex-Rolling Stones Bassist Bill Wyman Going "Back to Basics" on First Solo Album in More than 30 Years

    Proper RecordsFormer Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman hasn't put out a proper solo album since his 1982's self-titled effort, but that's about to change.  The 78-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release a new album titled Back to Basics in June 22 in the U.K.

    Back to Basics features 12 tracks, eight of them original compositions.  Three of the new tunes came together after Wyman discovered dozens of songs he'd never released among some old demos that he had amassed.  The artists who contributed to the project include ex-Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher, one-time Paul McCartney and Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh, and two of Wyman's Rhythm Kings band mates, guitarist Terry Taylor and drummer Graham Broad.

    Among the songwriters who influenced Wyman on the new record are Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and JJ Cale, while Bill also looks to his British homeland for inspiration.

    A limited number of autographed copies of Back to Basics are available for pre-order now at ProperMusic.com.  Here is the album's full track list:

    "What & How & If & When & Why"
    "I Lost My Ring"
    "Love, Love, Love"
    "Stuff (Can't Get Enough)" (Back to Basics Version 2015)
    "Running Back to You"
    "She's Wonderful"
    "Seventeen" (Back to Basics Version 2015)
    "I'll Pull You Through" (Back to Basics Version 2015)
    "November"
    "Just a Friend of Mine"
    "It's a Lovely Day"
    "I Got Time"

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  • JOSH HARTNETT COULDN'T TAKE THE PRESSURES OF FAME

    Josh Hartnett has found success in Hollywood once again with Showtime's Penny Dreadful but he admits that his sudden fame in the early 00's almost broke him.

    The 36-year-old reveals in the new issue of Playboy, "The intensity of my sudden fame was overwhelming for me, and in the middle of that, I felt I couldn't trust any new person I met or their motives. I spent a lot of time back home in Minnesota with my friends and family. I did smaller movies, and I stopped working for a while. If I could go back and take with me my wisdom of today, I wish I'd been more resilient. I hope I wouldn't be as panicked as I was. Maybe I'd have known that no matter what people try to take from you, you don't have to give it to them. I've definitely grown a bit." Josh adds, "Fame can be a dangerous thing. It can destroy you. I used to put myself in positions where I spoke up when I probably should have been listening. When you're young and have convictions, and fame suddenly gives you a microphone, you think, I'm going to tell everybody how it is."

    • Josh also addresses his history of dating co-stars saying, "I've met very important people in my life doing films. Sometimes that had consequences that were just awful for everybody involved. Some were fantastic all the way through. Everybody makes mistakes dating people they work with. They're whom I'm attracted to because I share experiences with them and understand a bit about what they are and what they do. If I were able to go back in time, I don't know if I could have done anything any different."
    • He is currently linked to Tamsin Egerton and has previously dated Scarlett Johansson and Amanda Seyfried.

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  • GWYNETH PALTROW ADMITS TO CHEATING ON HER FOOD STAMP CHALLENGE

    Gwyneth Paltrow couldn't make it through her seven-day food stamp challenge. The actress was seen enjoying meals that were not part of her $29 haul of food that she shared on social media last Thursday (April 9th) and copped to the cheating on her GOOP website.

    She wrote, "Last week, chef Mario Batali challenged me to raise awareness and money for the NYC Food Bank by trying to live on $29 dollars for the week (what low income families on SNAP are trying to survive on.) Dubious that I could complete the week, I donated to the Food Bank at the outset, and all of us at the goop office began the challenge. As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice.) My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days -- a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year."

    • Gwyneth's post continued, "A few takeaways from the week were that vegetarian staples liked dried beans and rice go a long way, and we were able to come up with a few recipes on a super tight budget. After trying to complete this challenge (I would give myself a C-), I am even more outraged that there is still not equal pay in the workplace. Sorry to go on a tangent, but many hardworking mothers are being asked to do the impossible: Feed their families on a budget which can only support food businesses that provide low-quality food. The food system in our beautiful country needs to be subjected to a heavy revision -- it is a cyclical problem, with repercussions that we all feel. I'm not suggesting everyone eat organic food from some high horse in the sky. I'm saying everyone should be able to afford fresh, real food. And if women were paid an equal wage, families might have more of a choice in the grocery aisles, not to mention in the rest of their lives. I know hunger doesn't always touch us all directly -- but it does touch us all indirectly. After this week, I am even more grateful that I am able to provide high-quality food for my kids. Let's all do what we can to make this a basic human right and not a privilege."
    • The Iron Man star was first called out for cheating on the challenge after she was seen at an $85 per plate barbecue dinner on Tuesday night (April 14th) as well as another charity dinner hosted by David and Victoria Beckham.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    JERRY SEINFELD IS DONE WITH TV: Jerry Seinfeld may have one of the most successful sitcoms in history but he is not interested in returning to TV. He recently attended the first upfront event for Crackle -- the digital network that carries his show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Jerry told reporters, "TV is over. I did a TV show. I loved that experience. I really had the full experience that you could have on TV. And I thought if I wanted to do something else, I wanted to be a part of inventing a new experience for viewers." He added, "There's nothing different about what we're doing than what anyone else is doing on any media anywhere. TV networks are worried that you'll figure out TV is over and there's nothing special about it."

    ANOTHER 'FRIDAY' MOVIE MAY BE ON THE WAY: Ice Cube revealed in a recent interview with The Wrap that he is totally down to do another Friday movie. He explained, "It's really up to the movie companies to step up. That's my dream. I think all the parties involved, all the people that have been in the franchise, people from the first one to the third one, want to do another one." This month marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Friday film. Theaters around the country are holding special screenings of the comedy on April 20th.

    NEW DIRECTOR FOR 'WONDER WOMAN': Warner Bros. has tapped Patty Jenkins to step into the director's chair for Wonder Woman. Michelle MacLaren dropped out of the project earlier this week. Patty was once in talks to direct Thor 2 for Marvel Studios. She previously directed Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning performance in Monster.

    NBC IS BRINGING BACK 'WIZARD OF OZ' SERIES: NBC has decided to continue developing Emerald City -- a 10-episode drama set in the world of Wizard of Oz. The story follows 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog as they are transported to a much darker version of Oz than what appeared in the 1939 film version. The show was originally picked up to series in 2014 but the network ultimately passed on the project.

    'STAR WARS' TRAILER HITS THE WEB: Star Wars fans were given a new peek at the upcoming Episode VII with a two-minute trailer that hit the web on Thursday (April 16th.) It features Luke Skywalker doing voiceover talking about how the Force runs strong in his family. The footage also shows Han Solo saying, "Chewie, we're home. to his wookie pal. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th.

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  • COPS PHYSICALLY REMOVED KIM RICHARDS FROM POLO LOUNGE

    Kim Richards' sobriety was a major topic on this season's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and things have taken a turn. According to TMZ, the reality star was arrested early on Thursday morning after being physically removed from the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel for allegedly being too drunk and causing a scene.

    Sources say Kim reeked of alcohol and was slurring her words while acting belligerent. A police source told Us Weekly, "Hotel security requested to make a Private Persons Arrest and BHPD officers entered the restroom and took her into custody. She was passively resisting and she was taken into custody on Private Person Arrest."

    • Kim reportedly kicked one of the officers after she was taken to the station.
    • She was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and being drunk in public. The officers gave her a citation at the station and she was released.
    • Kim's sister, Kyle Richards, discussed their strained relationship with Us Weekly earlier this week in New York saying, "Unfortunately nothing was resolved at the reunion. I'm sad that it has come to this. I hope that with time Kim and I will be able to resolve things. Regardless of what we have gone through, I love my sister and her children. They are incredibly important to me."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    KENDALL JENNER STAYS MUM ON BRUCE'S TRANSITION: Kendall Jenner appears in the new issue of GQ where she chooses to remain silent on the gossip surrounding her father's transition. The 20-year-old tells the magazine, "That's not about me. That is not for me to answer. That's why this life is different. That's why this life isn't normal." Kendall goes on to discuss life in the spotlight saying, "My life was always different growing up. I mean, even before the show, my dad was who he is. He's an Olympic athlete. And we were going to premieres, like Finding Nemo premieres, and we would be little kids, like, before the show, walking down the red carpet."

    CHRISSY TEIGEN REVEALS RACIST ENCOUNTER ON TWITTER: Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter on Thursday (April 16th) to share an encounter she had with a racist guy earlier in the day. She wrote, "I dropped my sunglasses this AM on Santa Monica blvd and this seemingly normal looking dude screaming 'f***ing ch**ks always dropping s**t'...like that's not even a stereotype. Get your s**t together. What a bad racist. We were the only ones on the block and he screamed it from the 5 feet away. Then when I acknowledged it he said 'oh now the oriental can hear.' Anyhoo, that was my morning! If you see a guy in weho wearing a brown suit jacket and jeans, probably avoid eye contact." Mindy Kaling responded to the story by writing, "WHAT?! That's an insanely hilarious new racism I've never heard of before. Congrats, sociologically."

    ART STOLEN FROM CHARITY OF RECENTLY DECEASED 'SIMPSONS' CO-CREATOR: $400,000 worth of art was stolen from the Malibu foundation established by recently deceased Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon. Two paintings were taken including one by Roy Lichtenstein. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is currently looking into the matter. Sam died from cancer back in March. He was 59.

    MICHAEL PHELPS IS RETURING TO SWIMMING: Michael Phelps is ready to get back into the pool. The Olympian held a press conference on Wednesday (April 15th) to discuss his return following a six-month suspension and rehab stint following his second DUI arrest. The 29-year-old told reporters, "I've hurt a lot of people and it's been terrible. For me, being able to move forward and being able to be back in the pool is something I'm very excited about. I understand that's going to take a lot of time, for me to be able to prove to whoever I need to prove to that I am different, that I have changed. This week will be the first week I can start that." Phelps is hoping to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to add a few more gold medals to the 18 he has already won.

    'SONS OF ANARCHY' STAR WILL BE A FATHER: Sons of Anarchy actor Theo Rossi is expecting a baby with his wife Meghan McDermott. He broke the story to E! News saying, "My wife Meghan and I are incredibly grateful. The baby is due on my birthday, and I couldn't ask for a more perfect gift. It's hectic right now. We are at Tribeca where we're promoting our production company's first film, Bad Hurt, and its premiere. Lots to celebrate right now. We don't know the sex of the baby. We want to be surprised. We are just enjoying every moment of this experience!" Theo's birthday is June 4th.

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  • GISELE BUNDCHEN WALKED HER FINAL RUNWAY SHOW

    Gisele Bundchen is officially retired from the catwalk. The 34-year-old walked in her last show on Wednesday night (April 15th) for Colcci as part of Sao Paulo Fashion Week.

    The world's highest-paid model shared a photo from early in her career on Instagram and wrote, "I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey. Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business. #firstrunway #14yearsold" She also discussed the decision with Globo television saying in translation from Portuguese, "If your cup is full, how are you going to put more into it? I'm emptying my cup so I can put more things into it."

    • As she made her final bow, other models in the show came out in jeans and T-shirts with her image on them.
    • Gisele has modeled for Colcci since 2005.
    • Her husband, Tom Brady, posted to Facebook on , "Congratulations Love of my Life. You inspire me every day to be a better person. I am so proud of you and everything you have accomplished on the runway. I have never met someone with more of a will to succeed and determination to overcome any obstacle in the way. You never cease to amaze me. Nobody loves life more then you and your beauty runs much deeper then what the eye can see. I can't wait to see what's next. I love you. ?#‎GOAT? ?#‎thebestisyettocome?."

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  • NEIL PATRICK HARRIS' KIDS EAT LIKE ADULTS

    Most young kids tend to enjoy a diet of chicken fingers and hot dogs but Neil Patrick Harris' kids, Gideon and Harper, prefer more sophisticated fare. The actor recently revealed to The New Potato that the four-year-olds he is raising with husband David Burtka have pretty refined palates.

    Neil explained, "My kids are crazy eaters. They have incredible palates. Gideon eats everything you put in front of him. His passion for cooking and eating good food is in his soul. His favorite foods: Clams, sushi, octopus, grilled pork, steak, Parmesan cheese, ginger, mint, cinnamon and coconut. Harper likes very strong and briny flavors. Some of her favorites: Oysters, sardines, prosciutto, capers, duck liver, miso, and anything chocolate." David chimed in to add, "I cook for them a ton! I make ceviche and grilled fish a lot. We eat clams and mussels at least once a week, and I make a lot of sous vide proteins like pork chops, chicken, and fish to take out of the freezer in the morning and sear. I always have poached shrimp and blanched vegetables on hand. We also make tacos and quesadillas as a go-to."

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