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  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!

 

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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.


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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

 

  • Bob Seger Scores Highest-Ever Albums Chart Debut with "Ride Out"; U2 Bows at #9

    Capitol RecordsBob Seger is riding high on the Billboard 200 this week with his new album, Ride Out, which pulled in at #3 on the tally after selling 59,000 copies.  This marks the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's highest debut ever on the albums chart, bettering that of his previous studio effort, 2006's Face the Promise, which bowed at #4.

    The last time Seger had an album as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 was back in 1986, with Like a Rock.  The Michigan rocker's best chart showing ever was with Against the Wind, which topped the tally for six weeks in 1980.

    Farther down on the Billboard 200, U2's latest, Songs of Innocence, landed at #9 after sales of 28,000 during its first week of commercial availability. This is U2's first album since the release of 1987's The Joshua Tree not to debut in at least the top three. 

    Songs of Innocence's relatively poor chart showing, of course, was expected, because U2 made the album available as an automatic free download to iTunes customers last month.  Apple estimates that about 81 million users listened to the album worldwide, while 26 million downloaded the collection.  To make the commercial edition of album more appealing, it included bonus tracks that aren't featured on the free version.

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  • Elton John Extends Contract in Las Vegas for Three More Years

    Capitol/Universal MusicElton John isn't planning to move his Million Dollar Piano out of Las Vegas any time soon.

    Caesars Entertainment has just announced that the Rocket Man has extended his three-year contact at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for an additional three years.  Tickets for shows in January, March and April will go on sale this Sunday, October 26, at 10 a.m. PT.

    Las Vegas Sun reporter Robin Leach notes that some of Elton's newly announced dates will be the same dates that pop diva Celine Dion vacated earlier this year at the venue, when she canceled all her showbiz commitments to devote her time to caring for her ailing husband.

    The Million Dollar Piano opened at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in September of 2011.

    Here are the new dates for the show:

    January 16-17 -- Friday, Saturday
    January 19-20 -- Monday, Tuesday
    January 23-24 -- Friday, Saturday
    March 18, 20, 21 -- Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
    March 23-24 -- Monday, Tuesday
    March 27-28 -- Friday, Saturday
    March 30-31 -- Monday, Tuesday
    April 3-4 -- Friday, Saturday
    April 6-7 -- Monday, Tuesday
    April 10-11 -- Friday, Saturday
    April 13-14 -- Monday, Tuesday

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  • Deluxe Reissue of KISS' 1977 "Love Gun" Album Arriving Next Tuesday

    Universal Music EnterprisesA deluxe remastered edition of KISS' sixth studio album, 1977's Love Gun, will be released this Tuesday, October 27, in conjunction with the band's 40th anniversary celebrations.  The expanded two-CD collection will include a bonus disc containing a variety of previously unreleased live and demo recordings, as well as a 1977 interview with singer/bassist Gene Simmons.

    Released in June of '77, Love Gun peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and includes the hit single "Christine Sixteen," which reached #25 on the  Hot 100 chart.  The record also features the Ace Frehley showcase "Shock Me" and "Then She Kissed Me," a gender-switching rendition of the 1963 Crystals hit "Then He Kissed Me."  The album has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. to date.

    The bonus CD includes a variety of demos from the Love Gun sessions, as well as live versions of the title track, "Christine Sixteen" and "Shock Me" from a December '77 concert in Landover, Maryland.  The deluxe package includes new liner notes penned by Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.

    KISS will wind down its 40th anniversary tour next month with its first-ever Las Vegas residency, a nine-show engagement at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  The KISS Rocks Vegas dates are scheduled for November 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22 and 23.

    Here is the complete track list for the deluxe reissue of Love Gun:

    CD One: Original Album
    "I Stole Your Love"
    "Christine Sixteen"
    "Got Love for Sale"
    "Shock Me"
    "Tomorrow and Tonight"
    "Love Gun"
    "Hooligan"
    "Almost Human"
    "Plaster Caster"
    "Then She Kissed Me"

    CD Two: Demos, Interview & Live
    "Much Too Soon" (Demo)*
    "Plaster Caster" (Demo)*
    "Reputation" (Demo)
    "Love Gun" (Teaching Demo)*
    "Love Gun" (Demo)*
    Gene Simmons Interview (1977)*
    "Tomorrow and Tonight" (Demo)*
    "I Know Who You Are" (Demo)*
    "Love Gun" (Live 1977)*
    "Christine Sixteen" (Live 1977)*
    "Shock Me" (Live 1977)*

    * = Previously Unreleased.

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  • Listen to Yusuf/Cat Stevens' New Album Online Now, Vinyl Version of Record to Be Released Next Month

    Legacy RecordingsYusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first new studio in five years, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, on Tuesday, October 27.  However, fans who head over to Amazon.com through this coming Monday can hear the record streaming in its entirety.

    Meanwhile, a special 180-gram vinyl edition of Tell 'Em I'm Gone will be released on November 24.  The disc will be packaged in a gatefold sleeve and will feature a download card allowing access to an MP3 version of the album.  In addition, first pressings of the LP will feature alternate cover art -- a hand-drawn cartoonish depiction of Yusuf created by acclaimed illustrator William Stout.

    Tell 'Em I'm Gone features 10 songs: five Yusuf originals and five cover tunes.  Among the latter are versions of Edgar Winter's "Dying to Live," Procol Harum's "The Devil Came from Kansas" and the popular standard "You Are My Sunshine."  A number of guest artists contributed to the project, including veteran folk-rocker Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, alt-country singer-songwriter Bonnie "Prince" Billy and journeyman indie-rock guitarist Matt Sweeney.  Yusuf co-produced the album with Rick Rubin.

    Yusuf will support Tell 'Em I'm Gone with a brief European tour in November followed by a similarly short North American trek running from a December 1 show in Toronto through a December 14 concert in Los Angeles.

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  • The Who Postpones First Two European Dates on 50th Anniversary Tour

    Image Courtesy of The WhoThe Who originally had been scheduled to launch their 50th anniversary tour with a November 26 concert in Dublin, Ireland, but the band has postponed that show and a gig that was to have been held two days later in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    The reason given for rescheduling both events is "unforeseen logistical changes."  The Dublin concert, which will take place at the 3Arena -- formerly called the O2 -- now is scheduled for June 23, 2015, while the Belfast show at the Odyssey Arena will happen June 21.

    Meanwhile, last month The Who added a November 23 performance in the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi to its itinerary, and that concert now apparently will serve as the kickoff to the band's "Who Hits 50!" trek.  Following that show, the British rock legends will launch a series of U.K. dates running from a November 30 concert in Glasgow through a December 17-18 stand in London.

    The Dublin and Belfast dates will take place in between the two 2015 North American tour legs The Who announced recently.  You can check out the band's full tour schedule at TheWho.com.

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  • Eric Clapton to Celebrate 70th Birthday with Series of Concerts at Royal Albert Hall

    Image Courtesy of Guitar CenterEric Clapton is set to commemorate his 70th birthday in a big way next year.  The guitar legend, who will reach the big 7-0 on March 30, 2015, has scheduled a four-concert engagement at London's famed Royal Albert Hall that will be held on May 14, 15, 17 and 18.

    The shows also will mark the 50th anniversary of Clapton's first performance at the venue, which took place on December 7, 1964, while he was a member of The Yardbirds.  The band was part of the lineup of the BBC television program Top Beat Show.

    Clapton will be accompanied at his birthday concerts by his current touring group, which includes keyboardists Paul Carrack and Chris Stainton, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and backing singers Sharon White and Michelle John.  The shows are the first Slowhand has scheduled since his 2014 itinerary wound down with a June 28 gig in Poland.

    Eric has said in multiple interviews that he's is considering retiring from touring once he turns 70, but he's yet to announce any official plans with regard to quitting the road.

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  • Beatles, Neil Young, Roy Orbison Part of Record Store Day "Black Friday" Vinyl Release Lineup

    RecordStoreDay.comThe full lineup of releases for Record Store Day's 2014 "Black Friday" event has been announced, and vinyl lovers will have quite a list from which to choose.  Among the newly-revealed discs that will be available are releases from The Beatles, Neil Young, Genesis, The Grateful Dead and Roy Orbison.

    The Beatles' offering will be a replica of their 1964 U.K. EP Long Tall Sally, a seven-inch disc with mono sound featuring the Little Richard-penned title track and three other tunes.

    Young will issue a limited-edition box set called Official Release Series Discs 5-8 that gathers together 180-gram vinyl versions of four of his early albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach, and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma.  The collection originally had been slated for release as part of last April's Record Store Day initiative, but was postponed.

    Genesis will release a vinyl version of their 1969 debut album, From Genesis to Revelation, which hasn't been available in the format since 1974.

    The Grateful Dead's Record Store Day contribution will be a two-LP live album capturing performances from the second set of a show the band played in Houston on November 18, 1972.  Among the songs on the disc are "Bertha," "Jack Straw," "Deal," "Sugar Magnolia," and a marathon 25-minute rendition of "Playing in the Band."

    Metallica will release the 12-inch "Lords of Summer" single, featuring a studio and live version of the new song's "first pass."

    Roy Orbison's release is a colored-vinyl version of the late singer's first full-length album, At the Rock House, which was recorded in 1956 but not issued until five years later.  The long-out-of-print collection features such tunes as "Ooby Dooby" and "Devil Doll."

    Other exclusive vinyl releases that will be available in conjunction with the 2014 Record Store Day "Black Friday" event include discs from Bon Jovi, The Doors, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Velvet Underground and Wham.  You can view the entire release lineup at RecordStoreDay.com.

    The Record Store Day "Black Friday" celebration will be held on November 28 in independent record stores throughout the U.S.

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  • Billy Joel Reveals Why He (Probably) Won't Make Another Album Ever Again

    Courtesy: Library of CongressWhile Billy Joel continues to pack fans into New York's Madison Square Garden every month -- as part of his ongoing residency there -- fans are still hoping that he might one day decide to make a new album.  But in a new interview with The New Yorker, Joel says that's not likely to happen.  "I've had my say," he explains.

    "Some people think it's because I'm lazy or I'm just being contrary," the Piano Man tells the magazine, explaining why he hasn't put out an album of original pop songs since 1993's River of Dreams.  "But no, I think it's just -- I've had my say.  If I put out an album now, it would probably sell pretty well, because of who I am, but that's no reason to do it.  I'd want it to be good."

    He adds, "I've seen artists on that treadmill, putting out albums year after year, and the albums get worse and worse, less and less interesting, and it's, like, 'Maybe you should stop.'"  In addition, Billy thinks actually recording a new album would just be too much of a hassle.

    "I'm not crazy about going into a recording studio and doing that kind of life again, or taking on another project where there's other people involved -- arrangers and orchestrators and conductors and producers," he tells The New Yorker.  "I don't want to deal with it...You have to have a certain amount of ambition to want to do all that.  Joel adds, "And I look back at the guy who was the recording artist, this Billy Joel guy, and I think, Who the f**k was that guy?  He was very ambitious, very driven, and I don't feel like that anymore."

    And then there's the personal aspect of it.  Billy says he doesn't want to write songs, only to have people pick them apart for clues to his personal life.

    "I had gone through this celebrity craziness with Christie [Brinkley], and the divorce," he says, talking about the time of River of Dreams and its aftermath.  "I felt like there was a proctoscope up my butt. Everybody interrogating, analyzing -- everything I wrote was fraught with meanings -- and I said, 'Wait a minute, I don't want to rip myself open and let everyone see everything.'  It was no longer comfortable.  'Enough! I gave you enough!'"

    Still, Joel tells The New Yorker that he's been working on a series of "tone poems" called The Scrimshaw Pieces, which are meant to tell the history of Long Island.  However, he has no plans to release that music any time soon.  In fact, he hasn't actually recorded a lot of it, and says he's even on the verge of forgetting some of it.

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  • "Baker Street" Sax Player Raphael Ravenscroft Passes Away

    Rob Verhorst/RedfernsRaphael Ravenscroft, the man responsible for the recognizable saxophone solo in the 1978 Gerry Rafferty hit "Baker Street," died on Sunday at the age of 60.  Western Morning News reports that the musician is believed to have suffered a heart attack and passed away at a hospital near his home in Exeter, U.K.

    According to BBC News, Ravenscroft is said to have been paid for his work on "Baker Street" with a 27-pound check, which bounced, while the late Rafferty is said to have made 80,000 pounds a year in royalties from the tune.  The tune peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Ravenscroft went on to contribute his sax talents to a wide variety of artists, including Marvin Gaye, Robert Plant, Pink Floyd, Bonnie Tyler and America.

    In a BBC interview in 2011, Raphael said he got irritated when he heard "Baker Street" because he thought that the song was "out of tune."  After Rafferty died in January of that year, Ravenscroft teamed up with the Grammy-winning vocal group Tenebrae to record a tribute to the musician called "Forgiveness."

    Ravenscroft's daughter, Scarlett Raven, said of her dad, "He touched your soul and made you want to better yourself.  I think he was very proud of 'Baker Street' and that it made people feel good."

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  • Two R&B Legends -- Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire -- Release New Music Today

    RCA RecordsR&B legends Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire are releasing new music Tuesday.

    Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics finds the Queen of Soul performing ten cover versions of songs made famous by other great female singers while Earth, Wind & Fire is out with its first Christmas album,  Holiday. 

    The Great Diva Classics contains Aretha's version of Adele's “Rolling in the Deep” as the album's first sing which recently garnered Aretha her     100th appearance on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hio-Hop Songs chart, a record for a female artist. The album also includes Franklin’s versions of “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and The Pips, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan and "No One" by Alicia Keys.  

    Clive Davis developed the album concept and served as executive  producer, and studio producers include Babyface and Andre 3000 from Outkast

    Meanwhile, for Holiday, Earth, Wind & Fire when beyond just traditional tunes. Sure, there are seasonal standards including "Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Sleigh Ride," and "Jingle Bell Rock." But EW&F also recorded a traditional Japanese winter song, "Snow," and two original tunes, "Happy Seasons" inspired by their own "Happy Feelin',” and "December" inspired by "September" andfeaturing vocals from Maurice White.

     "The Holiday album was a joy to record, it is a celebration of tradition, love and spirituality, some of the elements of Earth, Wind & Fire,” says bass player and group co-founder Verdine White.

    Here's the track list for Aretha Franklin Sings the Diva Classics with the name of the artist original associated with the song:

    "At Last (Etta James)
    "Rolling in the Deep" (Adele)
    "Midnight Train to Georgia" (Gladys Knight and the Pips)
    "I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor)
    "People" (Barbra Streisand)
    "No One" (Alicia Keys)
    "I’m Every Woman" (Chaka Khan) / "Respect"
    "Teach Me Tonight" (Dinah Washington)
    "You Keep Me Hangin’ On" (The Supremes)
    "Nothing Compares 2 U" (Sinéad O’Connor)

    Here's Earth, Wind & Fire's Holiday track listing:

    "Joy to the World"
    "Happy Seasons"
    "Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
    "Winter Wonderland"
    "What Child Is This?"
    "Away in a Manger"
    "The Little Drummer Boy"
    "Every Day Is Like Christmas"
    "The First Noël"
    "Sleigh Ride"
    "Snow"
    "Jingle Bell Rock"
    "December"

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  • RENEE ZELLWEGER SHOWS OFF NEW LOOK AT ELLE EVENT

    Photos of Renee Zellweger at the Elle Women in Hollywood event made the rounds on Tuesday (October 21st) with people shocked by her drastic new appearance. The Oscar winner looked so different that Gawker had to clarify that their source, Getty Images, had labeled the correct woman as Renee.

    Rumors circulated last year that she had gotten work done and was suffering from an eating disorder which she addressed in an interview with UK's Daily Express saying, "When you read reports that you are starving yourself or that you are anorexic it's very unfair and disappointing. It's not very pleasant to read reports which say you've gone too far or this or that." She went on to credit a dedicated gym regimen for her changing appearance.

    • The Chicago star has not made a movie since 2010 but has two projects lined up for next year.

    Side by Side Comparison:

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  • SAM LUFTI DEFENDS HIS HONOR

    Sam Lufti is fully aware of his negative reputation in the media and he wants to set the record straight. The man who has had close ties with Britney Spears, Courtney Love, and most recently, Amanda Bynes, has written an open letter for XO Jane in attempt to explain his connection to the three troubled women.

    He writes, "If you read anything in the media right now I'm described one of two ways: "shady" or "Svengali." Putting aside the racist and anti-Semitic problems of those two words, there is also one other huge issue with them: They are absolutely dead wrong. I've worked in Hollywood for a long time, and over the years these experiences have led me to see what happens when too much fame and too much money can sometimes get the best of celebrities. I am a problem solver, and I care about helping people get out of what may seem like some of their more difficult places in life. Which is why you have seen me associated with some of the more famous celebrities when they are in their most trying hours: Britney Spears, Courtney Love and now Amanda Bynes. Also intertwined with all of these women is a lot of media scrutiny and much wrangling over money, control and influence. So it makes sense that my name has been dragged through the mud more times than I can count. People fight dirty in Hollywood. They do what they need to do to come out on top and to claim the seat next to the most powerful. This has never been my M.O. I am a person who loves a good comeback story. I consider myself somewhat of a comeback, and I am also not afraid to get dirty in the process. If I need to be slandered in order to help other people get better -- or to help their reputations get better -- I have absolutely no problem with that. It's never been about me. It's been about them. Courtney asked me to write this in order to help stop some of the misinformation campaigns that have been nonstop over the last few weeks as Bynes has been more in the spotlight than ever. All I can tell you is that Amanda is getting the help that she needs and that I am working closely with her and her family in order to ensure that we can move on from the tabloid sensationalism of her "breakdown" and instead concentrate on what a rare, talented young woman she has always been and continues to be. Amanda is a beautiful, amazing and very strong woman who has been through a lot. So are Courtney and Britney. Like me, they are also survivors. Call me whatever name you need to but please, leave these women alone."

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    BARBARA WALTERS TO INTERVIEW MORE FASCINATING PEOPLE: ABC has announced that Barbara Walters will return for another year of her most fascinating people interviews. Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson will be sitting down with Barbara on Sunday, December 14th. More names will be revealed at a later date. Barbara said in a statement, "I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another year of 10 Most Fascinating People. I know we said last year was our last, but there are just too many fascinating people out there...and you never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea or Scarlett."

    THE CW ORDERS FULL SEASON FOR 'JANE THE VIRGIN' AND 'THE FLASH': The CW has ordered full seasons for freshman shows The Flash and Jane The Virgin. The series premiere of The Flash nabbed the highest ratings in the network's history. Jane premiered last week and has received a lot of praise from critics for the show's star, Gina Rodriguez. The network said in a statement, "We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with The Flash launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and Jane The Virgin recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country. Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, and The Flash and Jane have both exceeded our expectations on all counts."

    FX CANCELS 'THE BRIDGE': FX has decided not to renew The Bridge after two seasons. According to Deadline, the network hoped the show would grow in the ratings and critical reception in the second season but remained steady from the first year. The drama was adapted from a Scandanavian series. It starred Diane Kruger as an officer who patrols the U.S.-Mexico border.

    MTV'S 'FAKING IT' GETS 1O MORE EPISODES: MTV has ordered an additional 10 episodes for the current season of Faking It. The second season premiere scored 1.043 million viewers last month. The show follows two best friends who pretend to be a lesbian couple to gain popularity.

    PATRICK STEWART JOINS 'GREEN ROOM': Patrick Stewart has landed a role in the upcoming thriller Green Room. He joins fellow cast members Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots. The film is about a punk band who witnesses a murder by a group of racist skinheads. Stewart will play the leader of the white supremacist group.

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  • BEN AFFLECK TRIED TO HELP SHIA LABEOUF

    Shia LaBeouf admits in the new issue of Interview that Ben Affleck tried to offer him some advice during his time in need which he didn't take.

    The former Disney star explains, "Ben is a really charming dude. He was the first guy who really took me off to the side and made me feel like I could do it. He said, 'Keep your head on straight, kid, and don't let all this get to you.' He knew that I had cameras in my face and that there were expectations to perform. I think that's always been my issue. I'm prone to theatrics in my life. Ben saw that and was trying to curb it before it became an issue. He was unsuccessful."

    • Shia also tells the magazine that he is reforming his ways through religion.

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    NYC HOMEOWNERS UPSET WITH SARAH JESSICA PARKER: The people that own the West Village brownstone in New York City that was the fictional home to Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City are upset with Sarah Jessica Parker for taking an unauthorized photo shoot on their steps. According to Page Six, the owners and surrounding neighbors have been increasingly annoyed with tourists visiting the address so they put up a metal chain asking people not to go on the staircase. Sarah reportedly ignored the sign and took a photo shoot on the steps for her line of shoes earlier in October without getting permission to do so. A source said, "The owners are up in arms as they deal with relentless tourists, and SJP has ignored their requests for an explanation on how she could endorse the shoot, even though 'no trespassing' signs are posted. SJP used their house during the years of filming, and now won't acknowledge that she and her company used the steps and facade, this time without permission, to promote her shoe line." A rep for Sarah Jessica said she could not be reached to comment on the story.

    KRIS JENNER CAUGHT USING FILTERS: Kris Jenner is being accused of using Instagram filters to try and appear younger in a recent photo she posted with Gordon Ramsey. The momager posted the picture and wrote, "Thanks so much @gordongram for the shoutout and for your amazing support!! #Legend #GordonRamsay #InTheKitchenWithKris" Gordon shared the same photo on his page but both his and Kris' faces have more noticeable lines. He captioned his photo, "Great seeing you tonight @krisjenner, can't wait read the cookbook! Gx" Kris has not confirmed or denied making changes to the photo.

    COBIE SMULDERS IS PREGNANT: Cobie Smulders is pregnant. Her rep has confirmed that she is expecting her second child with husband Taran Killam. The former How I Met Your Mother star and Saturday Night Live cast member are also parents to five-year-old daughter Shaelyn Cado.

    GOOGLE ATTEMPTS TO REMOVE JENNIFER LAWRENCE NUDE PHOTOS: Google attempted to avoid legal issues from the hacked celebrities by removing a few of the websites featuring Jennifer Lawrence's pictures from their search results. The removed sites popped up again within a few hours under a new name. Google previously addressed their effort to remove the photos by releasing a statement saying, "We've removed tens of thousands of pictures within hours of the requests being made -- and we have closed hundreds of accounts. The internet is used for many good things. Stealing people’s private photos is not one of them."

    DAVID ARQUETTE'S FIGHT WITH FIANCEE CAUGHT ON VIDEO: TMZ has acquired a video of David Arquette fighting with fiancée Christina McLarty where he appears to try and end their relationship. The video was shot on Friday (October 17th) and shows David walking away from Christina saying, "I'm done. Just like your last guy." as she is sobbing and calling for him to come back. The couple became parents to a son back in April and David told TMZ that their fight was a result of being overtired and hormonal. He assured the website that they are still engaged and in love.

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  • JENNIFER GARNER SPEAKS ON SEXISM IN HOLLYWOOD

    Jennifer Garner was a featured speaker at Elle's Women in Hollywood event on Monday (October 20th) where she discussed a recent press junket that became a prime example of sexism in Hollywood.

    She told the crowd, "The fact that there even needs to be a Women in Hollywood event is a little bit sad. I mean, the men in Hollywood event is every day -- it's called Hollywood. Fifty-one percent of the population should not have to have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part. So for example, my husband and I do kind of the same job, a little bit. Not long ago we both had one of those magical days, we call it a junket, where we both attended these lovely events where people come in every four minutes, they ask the same questions over and over again, you know the drill. We got home at night and we compared notes. And I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one, and this is true of the red carpet here tonight Elle, asked me, 'How do you balance work and family?' and he said the only thing that people asked him repeatedly was about the tits on the 'Blurred Lines' girl, which, for the record if we're talking about them, they are real and they are fabulous. Take a look and enjoy. As for work-life balance, he said no one asked him about it that day. As a matter of fact, no one had ever asked him about it. And we do share the same family. Isn't it time to kinda change that conversation?"

    • The "Blurred Lines" girl is Ben Affleck's Gone Girl co-star Emily Ratajkowski.

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  • SOFIA VERGARA HAS RUN IN WITH EX ON THE RED CARPET

    Sofia Vergara appeared to have a strange encounter with her ex-fiancé, Nick Loeb, on the red carpet of the Angel Ball in New York City on Monday night (October 20th.) Witnesses say Nick approached her from behind while she was posing for photos and whispered into her ear.

    Us Weekly is reporting that he simply said, "Good to see you." Sofia was allegedly shocked by his presence at the party and gave him the cold shoulder all night. The Modern Family star's current boyfriend, Joe Manganiello, was not at the event.

    • Nick was spotted getting close to Sharon Stone last month.
    • He and Sofia broke off their engagement last May. They were photographed getting together again last month in New York City but sources said at the time that it was just a friendly meet up.

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