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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

 

  • Guns N' Roses Bassist Tommy Stinson Says He Has "No Idea What's Going On" with the Band

    Credit: Katarina BenzovaLongtime Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson says he has "no idea" what the current status of the band is.  Stinson, who last played live with GN'R during the group's Las Vegas residency in April 2014, tells the Star Tribune, "I reach out once in a while to that crew of people -- a lot of whom are also my good friends -- but I really have no idea what's going on."

    The 48-year-old rocker, who recently finished up a series of reunion shows with his old band The Replacements, adds about Guns N' Roses, "I didn't quit the gig or walk away from it.  We just all sort of left it in Vegas."

    Stinson's comments come in the wake of guitarist DJ Ashba announcing in July that he was leaving GN'R to focus on his other band Sixx:A.M. and a report in Blabbermouth suggesting that guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal also had parted ways with the group.

    This news, combined with an interview Slash did with Sweden's Aftonbladet last month in which he revealed that he had recently spoken with Axl Rose "to dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long," has gotten Guns N' Roses fans chattering again about a possible reunion of the band's classic lineup.  However, there's been no official word about what lies ahead for GN'R.

    Stinson, meanwhile, has assembled a new solo band that features current Guns N' Roses drummer Frank Ferrer.

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  • Judge Grants Aretha Franklin Restraining Order Blocking Screening of "Amazing Grace" Doc

    Image Courtesy of TIFFA Colorado judge has granted Aretha Franklin a temporary restraining order blocking the screening of the new documentary Amazing Grace tonight at the Telluride Film Festival, Deadline reports.  According to Variety, the Queen of Soul recently filed an injunction in a Colorado U.S. District Court arguing that 1972 footage included in the movie "was taken with the express understanding that it would not be used commercially without agreement and consent by Ms. Franklin."

    Amazing Grace focuses on the making of the Queen of Soul's hit 1972 live album of the same name, which she recorded at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.  Her performance was filmed by late director Sydney Pollack but the footage initially was shelved because of problems over synching the audio with the film.  Producer Allan Elliott eventually helped oversee the completion of the documentary after rights to the footage were obtained from Warner Bros.

    However, Variety reports that Franklin's complaint contends that "allowing the film to be shown violates [her] contractual rights, her intellectual property rights, her rights to use and control her name and likeness, and represents an invasion of her privacy."  The injunction also alleges that screening the documentary would violate a "quitclaim agreement" by which Elliott obtained the footage.

    Meanwhile, one of Amazing Grace's co-producers, Joe Boyd, told the Detroit Free-Press on Thursday that the film's producers believe that they are within their legal rights to show the movie.  "We are operating under the existing contract between Aretha Franklin and Warner Bros.," he said, "which has governed the use of footage from this session in the past."

    Franklin previously sued Elliott over use of the 1972 fooage in 2011, but a settlement was reached at that time after Elliott agreed not to release the film.

    Variety reported that Franklin was seeking an emergency restraining order and a temporary injunction, and her complaint maintains the movie also violates a federal anti-bootlegging law.

    Amazing Grace also is scheduled to be shown this Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.  It's not clear if that screening will go on as planned.

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  • Genesis' Tony Banks Presented Prog God Honor by Peter Gabriel at 2015 Progressive Music Awards

    Image Courtesy of Tony BanksThere was a mini Genesis reunion Thursday night in London at the Progressive Music Awards 2015 ceremony. One of the evening's most prestigious honors, the Prog God award, was bestowed on Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks -- andBanks' former band mate, Peter Gabriel, who won the same honor last year, was on hand to present the award.

    In introducing Banks, Gabriel recalled starting to write songs with him when they were both teenagers and arguing over how long his keyboard solos should be.  Peter described Tony as someone who "has made his shape on our country's music," adding, "He's generated extraordinary lyrical melodies, wonderful songs, beautiful chord sequences and I'm very happy and proud still to be able to call him my friend."

    Banks began his speech by jokingly poking fun at how the singers in Genesis, Gabriel and Phil Collins, had both lost their hair, while pointing out that he and other well-known prog-rock keyboardists -- specifically, Rick Wakeman of Yes and Keith Emerson of ELP -- have kept theirs.

    Tony went on to thank his various Genesis band mates over the years, including Gabriel, Collins, Mike Rutherford, Anthony Phillips, and Steve Hackett, as well as his wife and the group's longtime manager, Tony Smith.  Banks finished by mentioning his recently released solo box set, A Chord Too Far, noting "if you like Genesis there's a lot of stuff to like there."

    The ceremony also featured a video tribute to the late Chris Squire that included appearances from several of his Yes band mates, including Wakeman, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Alan White, and the late Peter Banks.

    In addition, the event featured the presentation of the newly rechristened Chris Squire Virtuoso Award, which Wakeman -- after telling some off-color jokes -- gave to acclaimed jazz-folk bass player Danny Thompson.

    Among the other Progressive Music Awards honorees this year were Gentle Giant, who took home the Lifetime Achievement award; ex-Elecric Light Orchestra member Roy Wood, who was presented with the Outer Limits award; and Yes album artist Roger Dean, who received the Guiding Light prize.

    Video of the entire ceremony has been posted in two parts at Classic Rock Magazine's official YouTube channel.

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  • "The American Epic Sessions" Doc Featuring Elton John, Stephen Stills & Others Premiering Next Month at London Film Fest

    ABC/Randy Holmes; Eleanor StillsElton John and Stephen Stills are among the many artists featured in The American Epic Sessions, a documentary that takes a look at the birth of recorded American music that will get its world premiere on October 10 at the 59th edition of the U.K.'s BFI London Film Festival.

    In the movie, an eclectic variety of respected musicians, including Elton, Stills, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell and Jack White, are shown recording music using 1920s recording equipment that's been reassembled in a Hollywood studio.  White and producer T Bone Burnett helped organize the sessions, and the two -- along with Robert Redford -- executive-produced the documentary.

    White, Burnett and Redford also have executive-produced a companion, three-part documentary series titled American Epic that takes a more in-depth look at the early history of recorded music in the U.S., including detailing how record company scouts would travel America with recording machines in the 1920s in search of new talent.

    Both The American Epic Sessions and American Epic will get their U.S. television debuts on PBS in January 2016.

    The American Epic Sessions will get an encore screening at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival on October 16.

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  • Joe Perry Says New "Aerosmith Rocks Donington" Video Shows "What the Band's About"

    Eagle Rock EntertainmentAerosmith's latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, gets its release today, September 4.  The film captures the band playing a headlining set to a massive and enthusiastic audience in June of last year at the U.K.'s annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park in Derby, England.

    "I'm excited about it getting out there and having people see it," guitarist Joe Perry tells ABC Radio.  He adds that because the concert was filmed in high-definition, as well as being "lit specifically for video and having the sound mixed equally as well," he considers the flick "a good piece of showing what the band's about."

    Perry also says he's pleased that the concert turned out to be a solid performance for Aerosmith, because the band only had plans to film that specific gig, so the pressure was on.

    "It's always a roll of the dice when you go in and you're gonna film one show," he maintains.  "[It] was like, 'Let's just put all our eggs in one basket and go for it,' and as it turned out, it came up sevens.  And the fans were there for us, and it was just a really good show."

    Aerosmith played the 2014 Donington show while promoting its latest studio album, Music from Another Dimension.  The band's 20-song set included a few selections from the 2012 record, classic hits like "Dream On," "Walk This Way," "Sweet Emotion" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," and some fan-favorite deeper cuts such as "Eat the Rich" and "Mama Kin."

    Perry says Aerosmith has played several noteworthy concerts at Donington over the years, and he's happy that one finally was documented for posterity.

    "I think we've done four or five gigs there and we've had some amazing things happen," Joe tells ABC Radio recalling that one year, "Jimmy Page came up and played with us…Just some really, really memorable shows.  And this is one of 'em, and I'm glad we got it on tape."

    Perry admits that he can't really pick out a specific favorite highlight from the concert, but says he was just glad that "the gig came off with a lot of energy and I didn't break anything."

    In addition to the dynamic high-res performance footage, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 also features a fun pre-show segment in which the cameras visit all five band members -- Perry, singer Steven Tyler, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer -- in their dressing rooms.  The release comes packaged with an 18-page booklet featuring color photos from the event, and an essay penned by veteran Rolling Stone writer David Wild.

    Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is available for purchase as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/three-LP vinyl package and a Blu-ray/two-CD release, as well as a digital download.

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  • Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi Head All-Star Lineup on Climate Change Song, "Love Song to the Earth"

    EA Dyson (Friends of the Earth)/United NationsPaul McCartney and Jon Bon Jovi are just two of the artists lending their talents to a new song supporting a United Nations call for world governments to sign a climate change agreement this December.

    "Love Song to the Earth" is available now on iTunes and will hit all major music distribution outlets next Friday, September 11.  The song also features a contribution from Sheryl Crow, among many others.  The artists will donate their proceeds to Friends of the Earth U.S. and the United Nations Foundation.

    The song is part of a campaign to put pressure on world leaders to sign a global agreement on climate change at the annual Conference of Parties meeting in Paris this December.

    "When UN member states gather in Paris this December, the voice of everyone, especially the entertainment industry, will help ensure the best outcome possible for a better future for all," says Aaron Sherinian, chief communications and marketing officer of the UN Foundation, in a statement.

    A lyric video, including environmental footage and appearances by some of the musicians is expected next week.

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  • Chrissie Hynde on Sexual Assault Comments: "If You Don't Want My Opinion, Don't Ask Me for It"

    Joseph Okpako/WireImagePretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde says she's not worried about the criticism she received this week after she appeared to blame herself for being sexually assaulted years ago and seemed to suggest that woman could "entice" rapists by dressing provocatively.

    "Sounds like common sense to me," Hynde tells The Washington Post of her comments. And she says she's unconcerned about whether or not the comments offended others.  “If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask me for it,” she says.

    Last Sunday in an interview with The Sunday Times of London to promote her about-to-be-published memoir, Reckless, Hynde discussed a disturbing incident that happened to her when she was 21, in which she was forced to perform sexual acts on members of an Ohio motorcycle gang, and suggested that she was to blame for what happened to her saying, "If you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him.  If you're wearing something that says, 'Come and f*** me,' you'd better be good on your feet."

    Hynde's comments ignited a backlash from a variety of feminist and rape-support groups.

    "I’m not saying I was asking for it," Hynde tells the Post of her assault by the bikers and another sexual incident she describes in her book that occurred when she was hitchhiking. But, she says, "It wasn’t the same as walking down a street in the middle of a nice evening and somebody dragging you into a bush with a knife in your throat.”

    In the Post interview Hynde also characterizes her memoir "as a picture of what happened in America in the 1960s and how it affected a couple of generations."  She says of her childhood in Akron, Ohio, during those years that it was "a wonderful time to grow up, and anyone who grew up and didn’t want to be in a band was dead from the waist down." 

    She also explains why the book doesn't follow her to the present day but ends shortly after the second Pretenders album was released in 1982.

    “I stopped after the second death in my band," she tells the Post. "I started writing, ‘Then we had rehearsals,’ and it struck me that whatever the story I was telling at that point, it was done there.”  Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died of heart failure related to cocaine use in 1982, and founding Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon -- who was fired by Hynde two days before Honeyman-Scott's death due in part to his drug use -- died following a heroin overdose in 1983.

    Reckless hits bookstore shelves Tuesday.

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  • Keith Richards Says He's No Fan of Rock, Heavy Metal or Rap Music

    Credit: Mark SeligerKeith RichardsOn his latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, Keith Richards pays tribute to some of the genres that have influenced his own music throughout the years, including blues, country, soul and reggae.  However, in a new interview with the New York Daily News, the famed Rolling Stones guitarist reveals he has no love for such musical genres as rock, heavy metal and hip-hop.

    "It sounds like a dull thud to me," says Richards of rock music.  "For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them.  It's endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation."

    With regard to heavy metal, Keith declares, "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath.  I just thought they were great jokes."

    Richards also has some pointed opinions about one of today's most popular genres, rap.  "So many words, so little said," the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells the newspaper with a laugh.  "What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there…All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they're happy.  There's an enormous market for people who can't tell one note from another."

    Meanwhile, Richards admits that he hadn't really been interested in making a new solo album when he began work on Crosseyed Heart, but he'd gotten frustrated that The Rolling Stones were making no effort to get their own new record together.

    "I always thought, 'I'm a Stones man.  None shall leave!'" he explains.  "At the same time, we had years of spare time and I wanted to work."

    Crosseyed Heart started coming together more than four years ago, when drummer/producer Steve Jordan, who'd collaborated with Richards on his previous two solo albums, convinced the guitar great to begin working on a new project with him even though Keith hadn't been writing new songs at the time.

    "Steve said to me, 'I'm a drummer…Why don't we go into this studio, just the two of us, and see what happens?'" Richards recalls.  He adds that he and Jordan soon started writing tunes together and "the damn thing started to blossom under me."

    As for the status of his often contentious relationship with his Rolling Stones songwriting partner Mick Jagger, Keith describes it as a "painful democracy," while admitting that tensions still exist between the singer and him.

    "He's a control freak.  He likes to know everything that's going on.  He lost himself a bit in the details," Richards tells the Daily News.  Having said that, Keith goes on to praise Jagger as "a hell of a frontman," and points out, "I still love him dearly," while adding "your friends don't have to be perfect."

    Crosseyed Heart will be released on September 18.

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  • Roger Waters, Pink Floyd Land in Top 10 of Newly Launched U.K. Progressive Albums Chart

    Legacy RecordingsMany music fans would argue that progressive rock enjoyed its heyday about 40 or so years ago, but only now is the genre getting its own official albums chart -- at least in the United Kingdom.  The U.K.'s Official Charts Company, in partnership with Prog magazine, has just introduced the Official Progressive Albums Chart, and Roger Waters and Pink Floyd are among the artists whose records have landed in the first installment's top 10.

    Waters' recently reissued 1992 solo album, Amused to Death, was #3, while Pink Floyd's 2014 release, The Endless River, took the #8 slot.  Topping the tally was a younger act, Australia's Tame Impala, with its 2015 album Currents.

    The launch of the Official Progressive Albums Chart coincides with the 2015 edition of the Prog magazine-organized Progressive Music Awards, which take place today in London.

    "Prog artists have always pushed the boundaries of musical convention, and by doing so, many have gone on to be some of the best-selling and most influential artists of all time, but prog didn't stop in the 1970s," says Prog editor Jerry Ewing.  "[T]here are many people out there who are into prog artists and just don't seem to know it!...You look at some of the best-selling and acclaimed artists of the modern era like Muse, Radiohead, Mogwai, Tame Impala -- what they do is incredible, they are challenging themselves, their audience and inspiring a new generation, and the Official Progressive Albums Chart is the platform in which this will be recognized."

    Adds Official Charts Company executive Martin Talbot, "We are delighted to be working with the progressive music experts at Prog magazine to create this exciting new chart -- and look forward to giving the most inventive artists working today a new showcase of their own, every month."

    In honor of the launch of the new tally, the Official Charts Company has compiled a list of the top 30 best-selling prog-rock albums of the 21st century.  At #2 is Pink Floyd's landmark 1973 release The Dark Side of the Moon, which sold 3.8 million copies in the U.K. since 2000.  Further down on the tally are Genesis' Selling England by the Pound at #9, Rush's 2112 at #11, Yes' Close to the Edge at #12, Electric Light Orchestra's Out of the Blue at #13, Jethro Tull's Aqualung at #14, Peter Gabriel's So at #16, Roxy Music's Avalon at #17, The Moody Blues' On the Threshold of a Dream at #19, David Gilmour's On an Island at #20, and Supertramp's Breakfast in America at #24.  Topping the list was modern-rock act Muse's 2006 album Black Holes & Revelations, which has sold 4.4 million copies.

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  • Earth, Wind & Fire and '80s Artists Are the Subjects of Two Upcoming Holiday Compilations

    Legacy RecordingsSeparate holiday compilations featuring the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and tunes by various 1980s stars will be released on October 2 as part of Legacy Recordings' The Classic Christmas Album series.

    Earth, Wind & Fire's The Classic Christmas Album installment features 18 tracks, including 13 tunes that appeared on the acclaimed funk/soul group's 2014 yuletide collection, Holiday.  Among the songs from Holiday are renditions of classics such as "Joy to the World," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "The First Noël," "Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Jingle Bell Rock," and two originals based on well-known tunes by the band -- "Happy Seasons" and "December," which are reworked versions of "Happy Feelin'" and "December," respectively.

    Earth, Wind & Fire's The Classic Christmas Album comp also includes four other holiday songs from earlier in the group's career, as well as "I Asked for a Miracle (God Gave Me You)," which lead singer Philip Bailey recorded with the band Full Force back in 1991.

    As for the other aforementioned compilation, The Classic Christmas '80s Album contains 15 seasonal songs from some of that decade's biggest pop, rock, soul and rap stars.  The anthology includes Daryl Hall & John Oates' version of "Jingle Bell Rock," The Pointer Sisters' rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Whitney Houston's take on "Do You Hear What I Hear?," Dave Edmunds' version of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and The Bangles' cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter."  It also features such original holiday tunes as The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping," Wham!'s "Last Christmas," Run-D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis," Billy Squier's "Christmas Is the Time to Say 'I Love You'" and Ray Parker Jr.'s "Christmas Time Is Here."

    In addition, The Classic Christmas Album compilations featuring the music of Sarah McLachlan and Celtic Thunder will be released on October 2.

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  • TORI SPELLING IS SUING BENIHANA

    Tori Spelling is going after Benihana over an accident last April that left her with burns.

    According to People, the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star is claiming that she suffered wage loss, hospital and medicine expenses, general damage and loss of earning capacity after slipping and falling onto one of their grills. Tori apparently had deep second and third degree burns which required hospitalization and surgery.

    • It is unclear how much money she is asking for.
    • A source told the magazine back in April, Tori hadn't even started to eat, when she slipped and fell. Not thinking, she grabbed onto the side of the hot grill and burned her arm. At the time, it didn't seem as bad as the doctors told her it was the next day."

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  • ANNE HATHAWAY SPEAKS ON COMPETITION AMONG YOUNG ACTRESSES

    Anne Hathaway admits that she lucked out with her film career because she feels there is a lot of competition among young actresses for roles.

    She explains in the new issue of Glamour U.K., "I hate to admit it, but it's true -- there are fewer roles and the competition is just as fierce as ever. I look around at my peers and I'm so blown away by their talent and their beauty and their cool style, as well as their ability to be an actress and be a movie star and be good at it. I mean, they're so good and we're all trying to get the same parts."

    • Anne also discusses the age issue in Hollywood saying, "I can't complain about it because I benefited from it. When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them. And now I'm in my early thirties and I'm like, 'Why did that 24-year-old get that part?' I was that 24-year-old once, I can't be upset about it, it's the way things are. All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you and if people go to see them you'll be allowed to make more."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    TOM HARDY IS GOING TO BE A DAD AGAIN: Tom Hardy is going to be a dad again. His wife, Charlotte Riley, showed off her baby bump on the red carpet of his latest film, Legend, on Thursday (September 3rd.) This is their first child together but Tom is also a father to seven-year-old son, Louis Thomas, from a previous relationship.

    EMILY RATAJKOWSKI HATES THE VIDEO FOR 'BLURRED LINES': Emily Ratajkowski may have gotten her big break appearing in the music video for "Blurred Lines" but she does not have fond memories about the experience. She explains in the October issue of British InStyle, "I wasn't into the idea at all at first. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video. Now, it's the bane of my existence. When anyone comes up to me about "Blurred Lines," I'm like, are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago?" Emily currently appears in the film We Are Your Friends which had one of the worst opening weekends of all time.

    CANDIS CAYNE WALKED OUT OF AN AUDITION FOR 'CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM': Transgender actress Candis Cayne auditioned for a role on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm but took herself out of the running over the material. She recently told The Hollywood Reporter, "The part was for a trans woman who had to go to the bathroom really bad and decided she was going to go in the men's line because it was quicker. I said, 'Thank you for writing a trans part, but I can't audition because a trans woman wouldn't do this. I have to honor my community,' and I walked out of the audition." She also revealed that Transparent actress Alexandra Billings reacted the same way and the joke never actually made it into the show.

    ALI FEDOTOWSKY IS ENGAGED: Former Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky is engaged. She revealed on Instagram on Thursday (August 3rd) that her boyfriend, Kevin Manno, popped the question. She also posted about the engagement on her blog writing, "So excited to share that Kevin asked me to be his wife and I said YES!!! No actually, I screamed yes. Ha! He proposed yesterday and we had the most beautiful, magical day with our closest friends and can't wait to celebrate with family back home. Love, the future Mrs. Manno." Ali has been dating Kevin since April of 2013.

    WES BENTLEY OPENS UP ABOUT HIS DRUG USE: American Horror Story actor Wes Bentley recently sat down with Larry King where he opened up about his struggles with drugs which started back in 2006. He revealed, "The drugs got harder and I got deeper in it, and I started considering things like selling drugs and DJing for a living instead of acting. Some people have one bottom, I had 10 or 12 bottoms: a friend who passed away; I had no money; I lost contact with my family. I finally met somebody who I loved and that kind of turned around. And then I met somebody who was sober and I wanted what he had. And then I worked really hard. I still work really hard." Wes also addressed the death of his best friend, Heath Ledger, back in 2008 saying, "He was like a brother to me. We were close friends. We worked on Four Feathers together in 2000 and since then we had become very, very close. We had good times and bad times...his death is the biggest loss of my life. Yeah."

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  • AMY DUGGAR IS READY FOR A NAME CHANGE

    One of the biggest perks to getting married for Amy Duggar is the name change. The cousin of Josh Duggar recently chatted with People magazine about her wedding to Dillon King which will be taking place over Labor Day weekend and the challenges she faces sharing a last name with the famously pious former reality stars.

    Amy explains, "I can't wait to change my name!" she says. "It's going to be a great day when Dillon signs that marriage license and my last name changes. You have no idea! People have always called me the 'Rebel Duggar,' but I definitely have morals and standards." She added, "Despite all the crap going on in my family, a few days from now will be an awesome moment."

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  • AMERICA LOVES OLIVIA BENSON

    Mariska Hargitay's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit character Olivia Benson is America's sweetheart. According to a new survey from entertainment marketing agency, Trailer Park, the character was voted as America's favorite female TV character.

    Olivia took 21% of the votes from the 1,200 males and females polled. Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon earned second place with 8% of the votes. Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen, Jessica Lange's American Horror Story roles, and Ellen Pompeo's Dr. Meredith Grey rounded out the top five.

    • The survey focused on the 17 highest-rated dramas that passed the Bechdel test --meaning that the show has at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than men.
    • Mariska has played Olivia on SVU since 1999.
    • The character landed in second place to Daenerys Targaryen among the 18 to 24 demographic.

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  • BRYAN CRANSTON COMPARES FAME TO BEING A PREGNANT WOMAN

    Bryan Cranston may never know what it's like to be pregnant but apparently being famous is a similar experience.

    The Breaking Bad star recently told The Hollywood Reporter, "Being famous is almost like being a pregnant woman. People think they can just put their hand on your belly and tell you, 'Oh, you're going to have a boy!' It's like having a complete stranger fondling you. And they have this sensibility where they feel comfortable coming up to you and saying, 'You know that thing you did? I didn't like that movie.'" He added, "They'll go, 'I didn't like your character's arc.' But I'm open to all of it. The only failure in art is when you move someone to no emotion whatsoever. I'd rather have people fiercely angry with me so long as they're moved to some emotion. Even if the emotion was off-target -- even if I was trying to move the audience one place and they go another. You missed, but at least they felt something."

    • Bryan also spoke about his success and paychecks saying, "I tell my agency, 'Do the best you can.' They say, 'We want to tell you about the deal.' I say, 'Are you happy?' 'I think we could get a little more.' 'All right, try.' I don't want to appear smug, but I don't need a job. I've been really poor, foreclose-on-your-house poor. And I've been rich. Rich is better. But I'm just now starting to get used to the hour of fame. I haven't been able to let the dust settle yet."

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    SIENNA MILLER'S ROLE CUT FROM 'BLACK MASS': Black Mass director Scott Cooper has confirmed that Sienna Miller's role as Whitey Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine Greig, has been cut from the film. He explained to the Boston Globe, "It came down to narrative choices." Scott went on to say that the movie focuses on the gangster's life before leaving Boston and his time as a fugitive but the scenes with Sienna seemed "less dramatic." Black Mass opens on September 18th.

    ALLY WALKER JOINS 'COLONY': Former Sons of Anarchy alum, Ally Walker, has signed on to the USA alien invasion drama Colony. She will have a recurring role as Helena -- a powerful figure in occupied L.A. The show also stars Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies. Colony premieres in January.

    NICKELODEON IS REBOOTING OLD SHOWS: Nickelodeon has revealed plans to revive some of their old shows. Content and development president Russell Hicks told Variety, "We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way. We are getting ready to bring back some of the ones they've told us multiple times they want to have brought back." He did not reveal which shows they are considering rebooting.

    'LUKE CAGE' ADDS 'HUNGER GAMES' ACTOR: Hunger Games: Mockingjay actor Mahershala Ali has been added to the cast of Marvel's Luke Cage as the villain known as Cottonmouth. Mike Colter plays the role of Luke. The series is one of four projects that Marvel is developing at Netflix.

    NBC PICKS UP 'THE WATCHER': NBC is developing a series called The Watcher based on the viral news story back in June about a New Jersey family who bought a house and started getting creepy letters about the property from an anonymous sender. The pilot will be written by Alex Cary who previously worked on Homeland. According to Deadline, the show is "a psychological thriller based on real events surrounding a young couple and their two children who move into their dream home in a small town, only to be terrorized by anonymous letters and sinister threats, and trapped in the web of a dangerous mystery." This is the first project as part of a development deal that Alex signed with NBC back in May.

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This day in music history: Monday August 31st

 

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


This day in music history: Tuesday September 1st

 

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


This day in music history: Wednesday September 2nd

 

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


This day in music history: Thursday September 3rd

 

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


This day in music history: Friday September 4th

 

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

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