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Listen to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI and YOU Can Win Wayne Toups Concert Tickets


2016 4-H Livestock Show and Sale

The road crew from Classic hits 92.5 KVPI will be broadcasting live on remote this Saturday from 12-2 at the Chauncey Pitre Ag Arena for the 2016 4-H Evangeline Parish Livestock Show and Sale. KVPI's Stephanie Ware and Carly Chaumont will be there covering it and talking with the agents and some of the exhibitors. Come join us.


Make Plans to Attend the Savoy Cancer Mardi Gras Social Feb. 8

Make plans to attend the 10th annual Mardi Gras social across from Fred's Lounge on Sixth Street in Mamou Mardi Gras eve at the plaza "La Cabon" for the benefit of the Savoy Cancer Foundation to help pay expenses for cancer patients. Tickets  available at Savoy Cancer Center at 468-3099 and talk to Natalie. Enjoy the great food, adult beverages, party atmosphere, live music from De Ja Vu and a live auction.


Join Steph in the Non-Blonde Cafe Tuesday Morning for a Special Interview

 

 

Tuesday morning on the Non-Blonde Cafe, Steph will have WENDY LEIGH, author of BOWIE: THE BIOGRAPHY on the show.


Join us in Celebrating the Birthday of Elvis with our Elvis CD Giveaway

Join us Friday night 6-midnight for the Party Time Show as we spotlight The King for his birthday on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!


Get Ready To Win in the Non Blonde Cafe this Holiday


Enjoy the Sounds of the Season now through Christmas Day on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI


Turkey Shoot Contest

 

Classic Hits 92.5 is giving you a chance to win a turkey for Thanksgiving. Starting today, we are running our Turkey Shoot contest. Whenever you hear the hear the shotgun blast, call us up on the contest line at 506-2444 and be caller five. Our DJ will put you on the air and join you in a special turkey hunt. Be careful, you may end up shooting another critter. Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.


Win a free download of the new Lynyrd Skynyrd live Album


The Legends of Swamp Pop Show tickets will be given away Friday on Classic Hits 92.5

Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI will qualify listeners Friday to give away five sets of tickets for the Swamp Pop Revue show at Paragon Casino Saturday November 28. Just call us up and be caller five when you hear Johnnie Allan's whistle sound at 506-2444. Our drawing is set for 3;00pm Friday. One caller per family and you must 21 or older. The show will feature Johnie Allan, Tommy McLain, Warren Storm, T.K. Hulin, G G Shinn, Willie Tee, Cypress and Louisiana Express. Good luck from Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.


Get Ready To Win Tickets to the K C and the Sunshine Band Concert at Paragon Casino

 

Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI  is giving our lucky listeners a chance to win tickets to attend one of the hottest dance bands of the 1970's: K C and the Sunshine Band. Beginning now,  you can qualify  for our big drawing  on Friday  by texting the word "KC" to our text to win number at 337-459-6021. One qualifier per family. You must be 21 or older to qualify. We will draw the names of five winners Friday at noon where each winner  will win a pair of tickets to the November  13 show  at Paragon Casino. Good luck from the station that has more winners: Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!

 

 

 


Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Monster Mash. Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween from Elvis and the LaSalle Street Undertakers

Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI had a visit from Elvis and the LaSalle Undertakers today. Be watching for their new video coming out in the next few days in time for Halloween on Facebook, Twitter and our other sites.


Listen to Halloween themed hits all this week and all day Halloween Day on Classic Hits 92.5

Tune in all this week as we air Halloween themed songs. All day Saturday, we will program hit songs from our Halloween Hall of Hits with Josh in the morning and Carly i n the afternoon. Happy Halloween!!!


2015 Louisiana Cotton Festival This Week and KVPI will be there

COTTON FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 18, 2015

 

    The 62nd Annual Louisiana Cotton Festival kicks off tonight and runs all the way through Sunday at the civic center grounds in Ville Platte.

     Tonight (Monday)  at 6:30 it is the Contredanse (French Square Dance) and the Crowning of the King and Queen of Heritage Manor Nursing Home. Admission $5 adults and $2 for children. KVPI FM will be there for the broadcast of the event.

    Tuesday at 3:30pm, it is the 4-H Cotton Food Fest inside the civic center with judging beginning at 4;00pm and at  4:00pm, it is the 4-H Cotton Picking Pet Show in the Civic Center Pavilion. KVPI FM with Becky and Emily will be there broadcasting live for the Pet show at 4:00pm.

    Wednesday and Thursday- Carnival Bracelet Hours from 5-10pm.

     Friday- Only day where there is an admission charge for the fairgrounds $6 adults and children 13 and up and $2 for kids 12 and under. 1-5pm- Carnival bracelet hours; Street Dance- 6:0pm- Ashton Dupre; 8:00pm- Chubby Carrier and 90 Degrees West- 90 Degrees West.

   Saturday- Bracelet Hours at carnival from 1-5pm; 5:30pm- Coronation of the new Cotton Festival Queen to replace Queen Cotton Karlee Farris and the crowning of the Cotton Festival King- Troy Hebert, Commissioner of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Col. Cotton-Brenda Saucier; Angie Rozas- Grand Parade Marshal. Admission $5 per person at the civic center.

   Sunday- 8:30am- Cotton Harvest Mass at Our Lady Queen of All Saints; 12 Noon- Grand Parade of Cotton starting at Citizens Bank to Sacred Heart on Main Street; 1-5pm- Bracelet Day at Carnival; 2;00pm- Running of the Tournoi at Industrial Park. Admission $5. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI with Stephanie and Carly will be broadcasting the Tournoi live.


KVPI Will Give 2 Lucky Listeners A Pair of Tickets to The 13th Gate and Necropolis in Baton Rouge Each Week Until Halloween

It's that time of the year again!! KVPI will give 2 lucky listeners a pair of tickets to The 13th Gate and Necropolis in Baton Rouge each week until Halloween. Are you ready to be scared out of your skin? Then, LIKE the Facebook post, SHARE it with others, and COMMENT "SCARED" on the post. Good Luck from all of us here at KVPI.


Join Us For Our Album of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, October 3rd

Join us this Saturday, October 3rd from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for our Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI.


Join Us For Our Album of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, September 26th

 

Join us this Saturday, September 26th from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for our Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Hootie and the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) before and after the LSU game. keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI


The St. Edmund's High School Booster Club will hold its Annual Auction on Wednesday September 23, 2015

The St. Edmund's High School Booster Club will hold its Annual Auction on Wednesday September 23, 2015, from 6:00pm through 10:00pm from LSU Eunice. The auction will be broadcast live on KVPI (FM 92.5) as well via its online app and on LSUE's Channel # 197. Due to the Blue Jay Radio Auction on KVPI FM Wednesday night, our weekly coach's show will air at 6:30pm Wednesday on KVPI 1050 AM this week only.


Join Us For The First Ever Album Of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, September 19th Starting at 8 a.m.

 

Join us this Saturday, September 19th from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for the first ever Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Michael Jackson's Thriller album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.). keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI.


Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

The Basile High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios Friday Sept. 11 to record special cheers to air throughout the football season. Good luck to the Basile High Bearcats!!


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios Sept. 2

The Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios to record special cheers during football season. Here they are surrounding KVPI DJ Emily O . They are:Kaitlyn Roddy, Regan Carraway, Paige Whittington, Payton Whittington, Sammy Fusilier, Malene Guillory, Shelbi Rials, Sara Vidrine, Taylor Olson, Tori Johnson, Madison Welch, Bailee Deville, Blaire Fontenot and Kasey Roddy.


The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders Visit the KVPI Studios

 

 

Boom! The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders were in the house today recording cheers for our high school football action. Pictured below with Steph are Laura Manuel, Megan Morein, Olivia Vollman, Logan Shipp, Baylee Veillon, Eve Fontenot, Caroline Duplechin, Dori Monier (Mascot), Olivia Brignac, Mallory Fontenot, Kaylie McCoy, Sara Reilly, Joanie Dupre', Madison Jordan, Caroline LaHaye and Hallie Daire. Thanks for coming in girls!

 

 

 

                 


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

 

  • 27 Years After "Like a Prayer" Furor, Madonna Song Featured in New Pepsi Super Bowl Commercial

    Sire/Warner Bros.It just goes to show that if you wait long enough, all scandals will fade away.  Pepsi's big Super Bowl commercial this Sunday will include a classic Madonna song -- nearly 30 years after the soft-drink company had to pull an ad featuring another Madonna tune.

    In 1989, Madonna's hit "Like a Prayer" was featured in a Pepsi commercial, but controversy soon erupted over the song's video, which featured the singer kissing a black saint and other provocative uses of Catholic imagery. The Vatican condemned the video, and family and religious groups threatened a boycott of Pepsi products.  Pepsi caved, the ad was pulled and Madonna's contract was canceled, though she kept her initial fee. 

    Now, another classic Madonna tune -- "Express Yourself" -- is featured in Pepsi's new commercial, which has a theme of past, present and future.

    The spot, starring R&B singer Janelle Monae, starts with her dancing to the sixties hit "Do You Love Me" by The Contours. Next, she's sporting an early Madonna outfit and dancing to "Express Yourself." The spot ends with Janelle singing her updated version of the "Joy of Pepsi" jingle.

    As for why "Express Yourself," which appears on Madonna's 1989 album Like a Prayer, was chosen, Pepsi VP of marketing Chad Stubbs tells Ad Age, "It was within that album and era that we had worked with Madonna before."

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  • Super Bowl National Anthem Singers: A History

    George Rose/Getty ImagesThis Sunday, Lady Gaga will take the stage to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.  She'll be the first bona fide pop superstar to sing the anthem since 2013, when Alicia Keys did it. 

    The last two anthems were sung by Tony-winning Broadway star and actress Idina Menzel, and opera legend Renee Fleming. Prior to that, we had six years of female pop divas taking the mic, including Alicia, Christina Aguilera, and four American Idol alums: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood

    The last time a male performer sang the anthem was in 2007, at Super Bowl 41, when Billy Joel did the honors.  By the way, Billy is one of only two artists ever to have done it twice.  In addition to Super Bowl 41, he also sang the anthem at Super Bowl 23 back in 1989.  The other artist who's done it twice is Aaron Neville, in 1990 and in 2006.

    The very first real, chart-certified pop star to sing the anthem at the Super Bowl was Diana Ross, in 1982. Prior to that, the anthem was performed by marching bands, instrumentalists, choirs, country star Charley Pride and a bunch of middle-of-the-road female singers and actresses, including former Charlie's Angel Cheryl Ladd.  The first male pop singer to do the honors was Barry Manilow in 1984.

    Most cite Whitney Houston's performance of the national anthem in 1991 as one of the best Super Bowl anthem performances ever. Her performance made a big impact, not just because she sang so well, but because it came during the Gulf War.  Her rendition was so popular it was released as a single, was included on her greatest hits album, and was re-released to capture the patriotic spirit after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    For a historical perspective, here's a list of everyone who's ever performed or sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl:

    1 -- Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands (1967)
    2 -- Grambling University Band (1968)
    3 -- Anita Bryant (1969)
    4 -- Al Hirt (trumpeter) (1970)
    5 -- Tommy Loy (trumpeter) (1971)
    6 -- U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale (1972)
    7 -- Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) (1973)
    8 -- Charley Pride (1974)
    9 -- Grambling University Band (1975)
    10 -- Tom Sullivan (1976)
    11 -- Vicki Carr (sang "America the Beautiful") (1977)
    12 -- Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University (1978)
    13 -- The Colgate Thirteen (1979)
    14 -- Cheryl Ladd (1980)
    15 -- Helen O'Connell (1981)
    16 -- Diana Ross (1982)
    17 -- Leslie Easterbrook (1983)
    18 -- Barry Manilow (1984)
    19 -- Children's Choir of San Francisco (1985)
    20 -- Wynton Marsalis (1986)
    21 -- Neil Diamond (1987)
    22 -- Herb Alpert (1988)
    23 -- Billy Joel (1989)
    24 -- Aaron Neville (1990)
    25 -- Whitney Houston (1991)
    26 -- Harry Connick Jr. (1992)
    27 -- Garth Brooks (1993)
    28 -- Natalie Cole (1994)
    29 -- Kathie Lee Gifford (1995)
    30 -- Vanessa Williams (1996)
    31 -- Luther Vandross (1997)
    32 -- Jewel (1998)
    33 -- Cher (1999)
    34 -- Faith Hill (2000)
    35 -- Backstreet Boys; “America the Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles (2001)
    36 -- Mariah Carey (2002)
    37 -- Dixie Chicks (2003)
    38 -- Beyoncé Knowles (2004)
    39 -- Combined Choirs of the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets (2005)
    40 -- Aaron Neville with Dr. John and Aretha Franklin (2006)
    41 -- Billy Joel (2007)
    42 -- Jordin Sparks (2008)
    43 -- Jennifer Hudson (2009)
    44 -- Carrie Underwood (2010)
    45 -- Christina Aguilera (2011)
    46 -- Kelly Clarkson (2012)
    47 -- Alicia Keys (2013)
    48 -- Renee Fleming (2014)
    49 -- Idina Menzel (2015)
    50 -- Lady Gaga (2016)

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  • The Zombies to Play a Few Florida Concerts This Month; Schedule More US Dates in May

    Credit: Andrew EcclesThe Zombies will come creeping back to the U.S. in the coming weeks for a few concerts in Florida that will sandwich their performances on the third installment of The Moody Blues Cruise. The famous British Invasion band will kick off its 2016 stateside itinerary off with shows in Orlando on February 24 and Fort Lauderdale on February 25.

    The Zombies then will join The Moody Blues and a variety of other acts on the cruise, which embarks from Miami on February 26 and visits Key West and the Bahamas before returning to post on March 1. The band will follow that with two more gigs in the Sunshine State -- on March 2 in Clearwater and March 3 in Ponte Vedra Beach.

    Meanwhile, Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone has a series of solo shows lined up in the U.K. during the latter half of April, but his band will return to the U.S. in May for another run of tour dates. Those concerts run from a May 13 performance in Uncasville, Connecticut, through a May 29 gig in St. Charles, Illinois. Three of the shows also feature The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere and his current incarnation of the group on the bill.

    The Zombies continue to promote their latest studio album, Still Got That Hunger, which was released in October.

    Here are all of The Zombies' confirmed 2016 U.S. tour dates, according to TheZombiesMusic.com:

    2/24 -- Orlando, FL, Plaza Live Orlando
    2/25 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
    2/26-3/1 -- Embarks from Miami, FL, The Moody Blues Cruise III
    3/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
    3/3 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
    5/13 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
    5/14 -- Rockville, MD, Robert E. Parilla PAC at Montgomery College
    5/15 -- Phoenixville, PA, The Colonial Theatre
    5/16 -- Easton, MD, Avalon Theatre
    5/18 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
    5/20 -- Niagara Falls, NY, The Bear's Den at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
    5/21 -- Montclair, NJ, The Wellmont Theater*
    5/22 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury*
    5/24 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre*
    5/28 -- Louisville, KY, Abbey Road on the River
    5/29 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre

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  • The Monkees to Release New Album, "Good Times!," in June; Will Head Out on 50th Anniversary Tour in May

    RhinoHey, hey, The Monkees will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this summer, and the group will mark the milestone with a U.S. tour, as well as with a brand-new studio album called Good Times! that's scheduled to be released on June 10. The record will feature original tunes written specifically for the band by such modern-rock songsmiths as Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, XTC's Andy Partridge, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue.

    Good Times! also will include songs penned by surviving Monkees members Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and is being produced by Adam Schlesinger of the indie-rock act Fountains of Wayne. In addition, the album will feature newly finished versions of tracks that the group began working on during the 1960s but never completed, including the Harry Nilsson-penned title track, Neil Diamond's "Love to Love" and Nesmith's "I Know What I Know." The vintage tracks will include contributions from the famous collective of Los Angeles session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew."

    Monkees singer Micky Dolenz tells Rolling Stone that he and Tork definitely will be contributing their talents to the album, although Nesmith hasn't committed to taking part in the project. He also reports that Oasis' Noel Gallagher has agreed to write a song for the record. In addition, Dolenz reveals that "Love to Love" will feature the voice of late Monkees singer Davy Jones, who died of a heart attack in 2012, and says he's hoping to add his harmonies to the track.

    The 50th anniversary tour, meanwhile, currently is mapped out from a May 18 concert in Fort Meyers, Florida, through an October 29 show in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; more dates are expected to be added. Only Dolenz and Tork have signed on for the trek, while Nesmith -- who hit the road with his old band mates in 2012, 2013 and 2014 -- has declined to take part because he's busy writing a book and focusing on other projects.

    "He's always invited," Dolenz tells Rolling Stone. "And at times he has blessed us with his presence. I don't see him going on the road, and certainly not for the whole grueling thing. I sure hope he does show up at some point and sing a couple of songs with us."

    Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, February 12, and those purchasing tickets will receive a free download of Good Times! Here's the full list of confirmed dates for the group's 50th anniversary trek, according to TheMonkees.com:

    5/18 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
    5/19 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
    5/20 -- Tampa, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
    5/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
    5/24 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC - Belk Theater
    5/26 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
    5/27 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
    5/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre
    5/29 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
    6/1 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall
    6/3 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Casino Rama - Entertainment Centre
    6/4 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
    6/5 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Live Northfield Park
    6/7 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
    6/10 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theatre
    6/11 -- Hammond, IN, The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
    6/12 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
    6/14 -- Dayton, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
    6/28 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T PAC – Winspear Opera House
    6/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
    7/1 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino & Resort – Grand Lakes Ballroom
    7/16 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
    7/22 -- Hot Springs, AR, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming – Finish Line Theater
    9/14 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
    9/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theater
    9/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre
    9/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Primm Valley Casino Resorts – Star of the Desert Arena
    9/20 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
    9/21 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
    9/23 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
    9/24 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
    9/25 -- Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre
    10/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live Biloxi
    10/22 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
    10/29 -- Shippensburg, PA, Shippensburg University – H. Ric Luhrs PAC

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  • "Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall" Premieres on Showtime Tonight

    Estate of Michael Jackson/Sony Music Legacy RecordingsSpike Lee's documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, chronicling the making of the King of Pop's 1979 solo album, will debut on Showtime tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Lee, who previously directed a similar documentary on Michael Jackson's 1986 album Bad, explains to ABC Radio how he was chosen to head up this particular project.

    "I did two short films for Mike when he was alive and after Michael passed, I was asked by the record company to do This Is It and then came Bad 25 and now Off The Wall and hopefully God willing I will get to do Thriller," Lee says, "And that's really the trilogy, the three albums that combine great talents of Quincy Jones and Michael Joseph Jackson."

    Spike believes that Off the Wall and MJ's role in the movie musical The Wiz both took place during an important time of his life.

    "The relationship between Michael and Quincy started on the set of The Wiz," says Lee. "He was coming of age, he was going to Studio 54, he was living on his own, so he was out the house."

    Lee explains that ironically, Jackson's anger over the perception that Off the Wall was snubbed by the Grammys led to the creation of his masterpiece. Although the album's single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" won a Grammy, the album itself was not even nominated.

    "It's evident that without Off the Wall, there would've been no Thriller and it was really the disappointment of not winning as many Grammys as he thought he should, that negativity he felt turned into positive energy and really gave him the emphasis for that, like, 'I'm going to show you!'" the director says. "He came back with a vengeance."

    Lee says that Jackson never gave less than 100 percent in anything he did.

    "Mike busted his a**, you know, he was not there lollygagging, he was doing work," Lee recalls. "When he came on stage, you know, something clicked and he was going to give it his all, like it was going to be his last performance."

    Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall follows the late pop legend as he breaks away from his famous family group to establish himself as a solo superstar. The documentary features archival footage of Michael, as well as interviews with his friends, family and famous fans, including with Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Pharrell Williams, L.A. Reid, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove of The Roots, director Lee Daniels, Kobe Bryant, ballerina Misty Copeland, MJ's mother and father Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Marlon and Jackie.

    "People love Michael and so we're very grateful for the people who were in the film who share their love of Michael with the world," Lee says.

    In addition to being screened on Showtime, the documentary will be included in deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray versions of  Off the Wall that will hit stores on February 26. Off the Wall features the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You," as well as the hit title track and "She's Out of My Life." Thanks to the record, MJ, who was 20 when Off the Wall was released, became the first solo artist to have four top-10 singles from the same album.  To date, Off the Wall has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

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  • Watch a Preview of Elton John Singing "Carpool Karaoke" with James Corden

    Cliff Lipson/CBSLate Late Show host James Corden's been killing it lately with his popular "Carpool Karaoke" bit, featuring Adele -- whose episode scored record-breaking views on YouTube -- and Coldplay's Chris Martin.  Now, he's posted a preview of his next big "get" -- Sir Elton John.

    In the preview clip, posted on Facebook,  Elton and Corden sing "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," with Corden, a classically-trained singer, showing off an impressive ability to harmonize.  He also threw in the same "Woah oh oh's" that George Michael did when he and Elton re-released the song as a live duet in 1991.

    The episode will air this Sunday on CBS as part of Corden's big post-Super Bowl episode.

    New Carpool Karaoke This Sunday!

    Ladies and gentlemen, Sir Elton John.

    Posted by The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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  • Bill Medley Reforms The Righteous Brothers with New Duet Partner for Las Vegas Residency

    Courtesy of Caesars EntertainmentBill Medley has decided to revive his famed "blue-eyed soul" duo The Righteous Brothers for the first time since the 2003 death of his partner Bobby Hatfield. Medley will team up with new singer Bucky Heard for a Las Vegas residency at the Harrah's Showroom that's scheduled to kick off on March 23.

    According to Ticketmaster, the engagement will include more than 40 performances and will run through a June 11 show. Tickets will go on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at the Harrah's Las Vegas box office, at HarrahsLasVegas.com and Ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-777-2782702-777-2782 or 855-234-7469855-234-7469 FREE.

    You can check out a preview video of Medley and Heard performing together at the official Harrah's Las Vegas Facebook page.

    The Righteous Brothers are best known for their classic chart-topping hits "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration," as well as such other memorable tunes as "Unchained Melody," "Ebb Tide" and "Rock and Roll Heaven." Medley also has had a successful solo career that's included the #1 hit duet with Jennifer Warnes, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Hatfield died of a heart attack in November 2003 while on tour with Medley.

    During their residency at Harrah's Showroom, The Righteous Brothers will perform at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 7 p.m. PT on Saturdays. Here's the full list of dates:

    3/23-26, 30-31
    4/1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
    5/4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28
    6/1-4, 8-11

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  • Lionel Richie Teases a "Juicy" Memoir, Admits Superfan Jimmy Kimmel Freaked Him Out

    Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BETBefore Lionel Richie receives a special tribute during next month's Grammy Awards, the legendary singer will be honored with a star-studded tribute concert at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, taking place February 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    The event will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who most might not guess, is a total Lionel Richie fanboy.

    "You do not have any idea," Richie told Jimmy Kimmel's audience Thursday night. "This guy knows more about my life...We were at a party one night, and he's sitting there, and he starts telling me about every detail of my career. He knows about We Are the World, he knows the details behind We Are the World. He knows The Commodores, he knows every detail about The Commodores...I thought to myself -- this is a weird guy."

    Kimmel, who grew up in Las Vegas, said he was in high school when he saw his first Richie concert. He bought two tickets, thinking he'd take a girl. "And I did get a girl to go with me," Jimmy said. "That girl turned out to be my mother; I couldn't get a girl to go with me."

    To make up for that experience, Lionel Richie invited Kimmel to join him in Vegas to sing a song of his choosing during the singer's upcoming residency at Planet Hollywood -- a stint that kicks off April 27.

    After joking he knows enough to write Lionel Richie's memoir for him, he wondered why the multiple Grammy winner hasn't written one yet. "Well," the recording artist admitted, "most of the people I want to write about are not dead yet...I got to wait a bit longer. The heavy, juicy stuff, I gotta kinda wait awhile...If I want to do a boring, humanitarian book, I could do it now...The real book -- I gotta wait a couple more years 'till everybody passes...They tell me to write the book and keep it in storage."

    About the MusicCares tribute -- at which stars like Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Luke Bryan, and Dave Grohl will perform Richie's music -- he's thrilled. "If ever there were a night where I'm gonna be excited just to be there -- but they're going to be singing my songs!"

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  • Jeff Lynne's ELO Announces Orchestral Performances in L.A. This September

    Credit: Rob ShanahanJeff Lynne's ELO has lined up special performances on September 9, 10 and 11 at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. It's the  first U.S. concerts for the latest incarnation of Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra since the two shows the band played this past November at small venues in L.A. and New York City to celebrate the release of its new album, Alone in the Universe

    At the concerts, Lynne and ELO will be accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins. The shows, which are part of the venue's 2016 summer concert series, also will feature a fireworks display. This will be the first time ELO has ever performed at the Hollywood Bowl.

    Tickets for the concerts will be available at HollywoodBowl.com or by calling 323-850-2000323-850-2000.  Venue subscriptions and group sales will go on sale Tuesday, February 9. Subscribers will be able to buy single tickets to the ELO shows beginning March 8, while tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 1.

    In other news, Jeff Lynne's ELO recently was announced as the first headliner for the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held June 22-26 near Pilton, U.K. The band's set will take place on June 26 during the "Sunday teatime slot," and will mark ELO's debut performance at the famous fest.

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  • Heart to Perform at Grammy After-Party Event in L.A.

    Credit: Norman SeeffHeart is among the performers who will take the stage at the 2016 Grammy Celebration, the Recording Academy's official after-party event that will take place immediately following the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15.

    The bash will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year's theme is "Grammy Land" -- a takeoff on the classic board game Candy Land that will include oversized candy displays, cotton candy trees, acrobats and aerialists and other playful design elements. Attendees will include Recording Academy members, Grammy nominees and other celebrities. R&B star Aloe Blacc and jazz artist Arturo O'Farrill also will perform at the Grammy Celebration.

    Meanwhile, Heart will launch the Queens of Sheba Tour, its joint Canadian trek with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, on March 7 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The two bands also will hit the road together, along with Cheap Trick, this summer on the Rock Hall Three for All Tour, which kicks off July 14 in Clarkston, Michigan. You can check out Hart's full tour schedule at Heart-Music.com.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR IS OPEN TO APPEARING ON 'CRUEL INTENTIONS' REBOOT: Sarah Michelle Gellar is totally supportive of ABC's upcoming TV reboot of Cruel Intentions which will pick up 15 years after the movie left off. She told Us Weekly, "I think it's awesome. I think there are so many great stories to tell. Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin did a great job with the Cruel Intentions musical -- it was phenomenal. Roger Kumble -- who wrote and directed the film -- is at the helm, and anything Roger does is great. And they are great characters, so why shouldn't their story be told?" When asked about reprising her role as Kathryn from 1999 film, Sarah said, "I don't know. Never say never."

    MATT LEBLANC JOINS 'TOP GEAR': Matt LeBlanc has signed to co-host BBC's Top Gear. He is the first non-British host in the show's 39-year history. The former Friends star said in a statement, "As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honored and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter. What a thrill!"

    'X-MEN' TV SERIES ROUNDS OUT CAST: The upcoming X-Men TV series called Legion has found its stars. Aubrey Plaza, Dan Stevens, and Jean Smart have signed on to star in the pilot from Fargo's Noah Hawley. The pilot introduces us to David Haller -- a man who has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years because of schizophrenia who discovers the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. In the comics, the character is actually the son of Charles Xavier and Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller.

    USA RENEWS 'COLONY': USA's Colony has been renewed for a second season. The series from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal has been averaging 3.4 million viewers since its premiere. The network said in a statement, "Carlton and Ryan have successfully delivered a story that tests the strengths and weaknesses of a society in duress, and the bonds of a family divided. Colony's performance across all platforms has been impressive, and we can't wait to see where the story takes us."

    'THE WALKING DEAD' ADDS ALICIA WITT: Alicia Witt has been added to the cast of The Walking Dead. Her role has not been revealed. She will also be appearing on an upcoming episode of ABC's Nashville as a country music star named Autumn who has paid her dues.

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  • DREW BARRYMORE IS OVER TRYING TO BE HOT

    Drew Barrymore is no longer trying to keep up with being hot in Hollywood. She appears in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar where she explains why being "hot" is more than just about looks and who she thinks is totally killing it right now.

    The 40-year-old mother of two says, "I think it's a huge mistake to think you have to burn bright for your whole life. You cannot sustain it. It's exhausting, and it's not very realistic. I don't think I'm hot right now necessarily, because I have all my irons in a bunch of different fires. I'm writing. I'm doing makeup. I'm doing design. I'm expanding Flower into different categories." Drew also explains, "Hot is a state of mind. It's an energy. You're hot when you're motivated. It means you want it and you're going after it. Hot isn't about being on the A list of having a hot body. It's literally people who are on fire. Like Lena Dunham is on fire. Amy Schumer. Louis C.K. I think their brands of comedy and observational life stuff are some of the coolest I've seen in so many years."

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  • HELEN MIRREN DEFENDS ACADEMY OVER OSCAR DIVERSITY BACKLASH

    Helen Mirren does not believe that the Academy should be blamed for the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominees.

    She appeared on England's Channel 4 News earlier this week where she was asked if she felt the Oscars were behind the times for failing to have black nominees for two years in a row. Helen responded, "I think it's unfair to attack the academy. It just so happened it went that way. Idris Elba absolutely would have been nominated for an Oscar but not enough people saw -- or wanted to see -- a film about child soldiers." The Oscar winner added, "I'm saying that the issue we need to be looking at is what happens before the film gets to the Oscars. What kind of films are made, and the way in which they're cast, and the scripts...so it's those things that are much more influential ultimately than who stands there with an Oscar."

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  • CHRIS ROCK SAYS BLACK WOMEN HAVE IT THE WORST IN HOLLYWOOD

    Chris Rock says in the new issue of Essence magazine that black women have it the worst in Hollywood when it comes to decent roles and decent pay.

    He tells the magazine, "Black women get paid less than everybody in Hollywood. Everybody's talking about Jennifer Lawrence. Talk to Gabrielle Union. If you want to hear stories, talk to Nia Long. Talk to Kerry Washington. They would love to get to Jennifer Lawrence's place, or just be treated with the same amount of respect. Black women are the least represented on-screen. They just are. You can go see a lot of movies and there's not one black woman in there with, like, a real part. It's a real, real, real problem."

    • Chris also explains, "I've never done a movie, any movie, the silliest movie, where someone, some studio person hasn't gone, 'Does the girl have to be Black?' It happens every time."

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  • 'AMERICAN IDOL' HOLLYWOOD WEEK CONTINUES

    Last night (February 4th) on American Idol, the final Top 24 were revealed.

    The remaining vocalists who survived the cut included 21 year old student Stephany Negrete who was the first to walk for her final judgment. She performed Alicia Keys "Girl On Fire" for her Dolby Theater final performance. 23 yr old musician Mackenzie Bourg also made it through after performing "Can't Help Falling in Love With You".

    16 year old student Lee Jean performed Ed Sheeran's "Make It Rain" for his final performance. "Telling the crowd to be quiet two times? No. I mean, you can maybe get away with the cuteness one time, but if they want to clap, let them clap" said Judge Jennifer Lopez who refered to Lee trying to have the crowd quiet down during his performance. Also heading to the next round is 15 year old student Gianna Isabella who performed Brenda K Starr's "I Still Believe". "I can only imagine if it was my daughter up there singing one of my songs, I would, I could lose it right now" said Judge Jennifer about Gianna singing her mothers song.

    Other contestants advancing to the Top 24 include Trent Harmon, Jordan Sasser, Kory Wheeler, CJ Johnson, Adam Lasher, Sonika Vaid, and La'Porsha Renae.

    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL GIANNA ISABELLA ADVANCES TO THE TOP 24
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL GIANNA ISABELLA PERFORMS I STILL BELIEVE
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL LEE JEAN ADVANCES TO THE TOP 24
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL LEE JEAN PERFORMS MAKE IT RAIN
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL MACKENZIE BOURG PERFORMS CANT HELP FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL STEPHANY NEGRETE PERFORMS GIRL ON FIRE

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    MORE ROMANCE RUMORS FOR ORLANDO BLOOM AND KATY PERRY: The romance rumors between Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry are resurfacing after they attended a birthday party together on Wednesday (February 3rd.) According to People, Orlando and Katy dined with a large group which included Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. The party was for producer Aleen Keshishian at the Sunset Tower Hotel.

    ANNE HATHAWAY BUYS NEW NYC PENTHOUSE: Anne Hathaway has a posh new pad to enjoy the remainder of her pregnancy. Page Six is reporting that she and hubby Adam Shulman have purchased a new $2.55 million penthouse in New York City's Upper West Side neighborhood. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home also has a wood-burning fireplace and a terrace. Anne also owns a home in L.A.

    JESSICA ALBA SAYS SHE ACTED MASCULINE MOST OF HER LIFE: Jessica Alba appears in the March issue of Cosmopolitan magazine where she admits that she has acted masculine for most of her life. She explains, "Most of my life, I identified more with my masculine side. I was kind of aggressive and super masculine in my early 20s -- even into my mid-20s. I got boobs when I was young...and I was like, 'What do I do?'" Jessica continues, "I was always feeling angry, like an impostor. I learned how to be cool with the feminine later in life. I'm in a man's world in business. But I know what women want -- men don't...Whenever male colleagues question me in meetings, I'm like, 'Go home and ask your wife. This is a pointless conversation. Go home and talk to her.' When we were talking about package designs, I was like, 'Are you really giving me notes on packaging for feminine care? I literally can't with you.'"

    SARAH JESSICA PARKER DEFENDS 'SEX AND THE CITY': Sarah Jessica Parker has been forced to defend the ending of Sex and the City after creator Darren Star expressed his opinion that he would have liked to make Carrie Bradshaw realize she doesn't need a man or marriage to be happy. Sarah responded to Yahoo! Style saying, "As I recall, the way Carrie and Big married was something she wanted rather than a feeling that life was slipping away and she best settle quickly. I don't think of it as someone diminishing herself by letting a man marry her -- it always felt that she had arrived at that on her own." She added, "The beauty is we can all have lots and lots of opinions about lots of choices Carrie made that we object to or that we stand by. If that's Darren's feeling, I think it's interesting!"

    ALISON BRIE AND DAVE FRANCO ARE TAKING THEIR TIME TO PLAN THE WEDDING: Alison Brie and Dave Franco are not in any rush to plan their wedding since getting engaged last year. Alison told E! News, "I think we're both just sort of in an intense thing. We're so busy. We're very mellow about the whole thing. We're like it's gonna happen we'll figure it out." They got engaged last August after three years of dating.

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  • SOFIA VERGARA WANTS ANOTHER CHILD

    Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are thinking about expanding their family.

    The Modern Family star appears in the new issue of NET-A-PORTER.com's The EDIT where she discusses having another child saying, "I became a mother very young -- at 20 -- so I feel like I've been a mother my whole life, but I love that. Now that I'm 43 and my son is 23, it's funny to see some of my girlfriends raising young kids. In the US, women postpone motherhood, but in Latin America most of my friends have kids my son's age." Sofia adds, "I wouldn't mind another child. My husband is younger than me and he wants kids so we're trying to figure out what we're going to do. The idea of doing it all again doesn't scare me but, hey, it's not like it's going to happen naturally, is it?"

    • Sofia has been involved in a legal battle with her ex-fiancé, Nick Loeb, over embryos they froze in the hopes of one day having a child together. Nick is trying to gain custody of the embryos so that he may one day use them to have a child of his own through a surrogate.

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  • WENDY WILLIAMS TARGETED IN KANYE WEST DISS TRACK

    Kanye West has recorded a diss track against Wendy Williams as revenge against all of the recent stuff she has been saying about him on her show. Wendy recently insinuated that Kim Kardashian is Kanye's beard and also said, "I think that Kim likes the allusion of having a husband and children. And Kanye likes her because he likes a nice Barbie Doll."

    According to The Daily Mail, Kanye's new track is a remix of Aerosmith's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)." It includes the lyrics, "You obsessed with me/Keep testing me/You may be wearing dresses, but you a man like me/Got bigger hands than me/Let me see, your birther please/A dude in a wig that really wanna be me!"

    • A source told the website, "Kanye played the record for some of the artists he has been collaborating with in the studio and everyone was going crazy. It was really on the level of Nas' "Ether" diss record to Jay-Z."
    • Another insider claims that Kim convinced Kanye to shelve the track because of how it might be perceived. The source explained, "Kim was concerned that Caitlyn would be offended by the record -- it would appear as though Kanye was in some way attacking that movement instead of just targeting Wendy. She didn't want Kanye to be labelled trans-phobic."
    • TV insiders claim that Wendy's comments about A-list black celebrities have kept many of them from appearing on her show.

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This day in music history: Tuesday, February 2nd

 

1985, Foreigner started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with 'I Want To Know What Love Is', also a UK No.1. London-born Mick Jones wrote the song.


This day in music history: Wednesday, February 3rd

 

1973, Elton John started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock'. Elton's first of five US No.1 singles.


This day in music history: Thursday, February 4th

 

1978, The Bee Gees started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Staying Alive'. From the film soundtrack Saturday Night Fever, it gave the brothers their fifth US No.1, also No.1 in the UK.


This day in music history: Friday, February 5th

 

1983, Toto went to No.1 on the US singles with 'Africa'; a No.3 hit in the UK.


This day in music history: Monday, February 8th

 

1975, The Ohio Players went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fire', the group's first of two US No.1's.

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