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Monday
May272013

Bonnaroo Festival to Host First Annual 5K Roo Run

Bonnaroo.comIf you're planning to attend the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 15, you'll now have the chance to go for a nice run prior to watching performances by artists including John Oates, Billy Idol and Allman Brothers spinoff group Gov't Mule.  Bonnaroo producers have announced that they will be offering the first-ever Roo Run, a 5-kilomter trek that loops around the festival grounds.  The race is set to take place on June 15, the third day of the fest, beginning at 9 a.m. ET.

The Roo Run will offer festival-goers three different speed lanes for the event: slow, medium and fast.  Runners who finish first in each lane will win prizes, with additional prizes awarded to those who finish "graciously" and "stylishly."  Runners who drop out of the race also will be eligible to receive prizes.

To register for the Roo Run you'll need to donate $5 to the Bonnaroo Works Fund, a non-profit group that supports organizations and programs focused on the arts, education and environmental sustainability.

The 2013 Bonnaroo festival take place June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee.  Other artists scheduled to take the stage during the event include Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, ZZ Top, David Byrne and John McLaughlin, and more.

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Monday
May272013

Blink-182 Sells T-Shirts, Posters for Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes

Blink182.comBlink-182 is doing their part to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma on May 20.  The guys have just unveiled a link on their Facebook page where fans can go to purchase t-shirts and posters which they are selling to support tornado victims.

The t-shirts feature a picture of the band's trademark bunny waving the Oklahoma state flag, and the posters include a pair of buffalo accompanying the bunny along with the caption, “Help Heal the Heartland.”  The t-shirts will run you $15, while the standard version of the poster is available for $35.  In addition, a holographic version of the poster is available for $65.  You can buy the new shirts and posters at Shop.Bompa.com.

In other Blink-182 news, frontman Tom DeLonge recently revealed that the band is currently in the studio working on their follow-up to 2011’s Neighborhoods.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
May272013

Brantley Gilbert Stands with His Military Family on Memorial Day

ValoryBrantley Gilbert comes from a military family, and he almost joined those ranks a few years ago.  He says, "That was actually an option or an idea for me when I was kinda in limbo what I was gonna do with my life."

Though Brantley went on to become a country star, he does have cousins who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Brantley will be thinking of his cousins and some of their fallen friends this Memorial Day.

Brantley says, "My cousin Josh actually lost his best friend in Kirkuk City, Iraq, so I know that day’s heavy for him.  And it is for all the members of my family that have been in the military.  It definitely means a lot to me, not just because my family’s involved in it, because of what our military stands for."

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Sunday
May262013

Kinks Guitarist Dave Davies Premieres New Video, "Little Green Amp"

Ian Heath/MetaMediaFounding Kinks guitarist Dave Davies is returning to action with a brand-new solo album, I Will Be Me, which he's supporting with a new series of U.S. tour dates.  In addition, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has just debuted a new video for the album's lead track, "Little Green Amp." 

The tune pays homage to the small guitar amplifier whose speaker cone Davies famously sliced with a razor blade in order to get the distorted sound heard on such hard-rocking early Kinks classics as "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night."

The clip features a montage of footage of various locations in and around London, with Dave popping up in many of the segments.  The video also utilizes some special effects to incorporate vintage photos and clips of the guitarist into various scenes.  Davies recorded "Little Green Amp" with the Pittsburgh-based punk group Anti-Flag, one of several guest artists featured on the album.

The 66-year-old rocker's tour kicks off with a three-night engagement at the City Winery in New York City that begins Monday.  The outing is scheduled through a June 11 concert in Del Mar, California.  I Will Be Me will officially be released on June 4.

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Sunday
May262013

Candice Glover to Sing National Anthem at PBS' "2013 National Memorial Day Concert"

Ray Mickshaw / FOXNewly-minted American Idol champ Candice Glover is on her victory tour, making various high-profile appearances in the weeks before the tour kicks off at the end of June.  This Sunday, she'll have the honor of singing the national anthem at the 2013 National Memorial Day Concert, which airs live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol starting at 8 p.m. ET.  But singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" is old hat for Candice -- she says she's had plenty of experience doing it back home in South Carolina.

"There's a Marine base out there called Parris Island," Candice tells ABC News Radio. "And I would sing every Thursday for the parents and the families that would come and see their kids graduate that Friday. Every Thursday night, I would be at a restaurant, singing the national anthem for those families, and there were a lot of veterans and stuff out there that really appreciate it. So I'm glad I had the chance to do that."

Which means she'll be well-prepared when she steps on stage Sunday night in D.C. to perform the song backed by the National Symphony Orchestra.  Candice says she's been in our capital once before, but doesn't remember the trip too well, so she's happy to be going back, "especially the fact that I'm performing, too."

In addition to airing on PBS, the concert will also be beamed via the American Forces Network to nearly a million servicemen and women at bases in 175 countries, as well as on 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea, plus Department of Defense civilians and their families stationed overseas. 

"I'm glad that I get a chance to do this for all these different people in the military, and I'm excited about it. I'm a little bit nervous, but I'm excited," Candice tells ABC News Radio.  She's also pretty impressed with the other people on the bill, including actors Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna and Ed Harris, as well as General Colin L. Powell.  It's almost as impressive as singing with Aretha Franklin on American Idol.

"I got a chance to sing with some big names this year," laughs Candice, "but I'm definitely honored and blessed to be in the company of all these good people. Colin Powell, like, that's pretty...that's a big deal!"

In addition to appearing at events like this, Candice is also rushing to complete her debut album, Music Speaks, which is out in July.  In fact, she recorded her second single on Thursday night, and she says it's more "soulful" and "R&B" than her coronation song, "I Am Beautiful," which was more pop.  So which direction is she going for the entire album?

"I think, if I had to say how my album would sound between these two songs...I think it would be more on the side of the second one," Candice predicts. "I think the first song, despite the feel of it, I chose that to be the first single because of the words, and I get messages about how people connect with it, and that was my goal. But I think as far as the vibe of my album, I think it will sound more like the second song."

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Sunday
May262013

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Talks Cancer Battle, Band's Rift with Drummer Bill Ward

Rhino RecordsIn a new interview with Guitar World, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recounts the harrowing fight he mounted against lymphoma as his band worked to complete 13, its first studio album in 35 years to feature founding frontman Ozzy Osbourne.

Iommi discovered he had cancer shortly after the band's late 2011 announcement that they planned to reunite for a new album and tour.  The 65-year-old rock legend tells the magazine that after he found out about his diagnosis, "I thought, 'Bloody cancerous lymphoma?  Well that's it.  I've had it.'"

He says that although the treatment sapped him of his strength, he soon became determined to regain his health.  "I'd go through stages thinking, 'Can I do this?'" he explains.  "And then: 'Of course I can do this.  I don't want to die.  I want to carry on and do what I'm supposed to do.'"

Iommi says that while battling the illness, he also became motivated to keep creating, and ended up writing a lot of new material for Sabbath's forthcoming album.

Osbourne, meanwhile, tells Guitar World that he and bassist Geezer Butler tried to be supportive of their ailing band mate, although they made sure not to dote on him.

"We all rallied around him," says Ozzy.  "But it's not like we'd be saying, 'Are you okay? Are you okay?'  We just got on with it."  Osbourne adds that while it was obvious that Iommi was tired, "He was a soldier and marched on.  He still had more riffs coming out of him than anyone."

As for Butler, he says focusing on the Sabbath album "encouraged [Tony] and kept his mind off the cancer, which is the best thing you can possibly do if you have that."

Meanwhile, Iommi also recalls his reaction to finding out that founding Sabbath drummer Bill Ward had decided not to participate in the band's reunion because he was unhappy with the contract he was offered.

"I was shocked," the guitarist admits to Guitar World.  "We were hearing stuff from lawyers, like, 'I'm not happy with this.  I'm not happy with that.'  We waited a long time for Bill and we wanted to sort it out."

Iommi explains that he eventually became impatient when no agreement could be reached with Ward.  "At the end of the day, especially after I was diagnosed, I thought, 'F**king hell, that's it," says Tony.  "We've got to get a move on.  I might pop off next year!"

Iommi reveals that he then emailed Ward and informed him that "we can't wait any longer."

Black Sabbath's 13 will be released on June 11, and the band kicks off a North American tour leg on June 25 in The Woodlands, Texas.

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Sunday
May262013

Little Big Town Pays Tribute to One Soldier's Brave Family

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town is honored to meet and perform for their fans serving in the military as well as the families those troops leave behind.  The group's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman recently met a 21-year-old mother of three whose husband is on his third tour of duty overseas.

"She’s raising these children at home and just doing a great job and the best she can, and he’s serving our country," Karen says.  "He’s making a monstrous sacrifice, but so is she, and so are those children.  And we just can’t take it for granted."

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Sunday
May262013

"The Kandi Factory" Season Finale Airs Sunday Night

KandiOnline.comThe season finale of Kandi Burruss' The Kandi Factory airs this Sunday night on Bravo, closing out with episode eight of the music competition series.  For the past several weeks, television viewers have watched as Kandi has helped aspiring music artists get one step closer to their dreams.  Each installment of the show features two performers.  The one who comes out on top is named the winner, and he or she gets the chance to shoot a music video.

There are some music shows with similarities to Kandi's, but she tells ABC News Radio that what makes The Kandi Factory different from other competitions is that her show features all original music.  In fact, every Kandi Factory contestant gets a personalized song written by Kandi, and that's whether it's rock, pop, country or something in between.  In fact, the only song from the show that Kandi didn't write totally on her own is the one performed by aspiring rapper Matthew Cash.  In that case, Kandi wrote the hook, but Matt came up with the verses.

"That's one of the things that I do take to heart," Kandi says of songwriting, "because I do care what people think about my songs."  Long before Kandi became a fixture on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, she penned some big hits.  She wrote for her then-group Xscape, and even went on to win a Grammy for her work on TLC's "No Scrubs."

Still, some people who watch The Kandi Factory are still skeptical about Kandi's skills.  "I saw online earlier today, somebody had commented, 'Well they say that Kandi writes the songs, and we don't know if that's true," Kandi says with a laugh.  "Like, I really would like for people to be able to see how I come up with the song, and the whole process, to know that yeah, this is what I do."

With each contestant, Kandi listens to their story and their issues, and she writes a song that fits.  That's not an easy task, but Kandi says, "When it comes to music, I feel like, that's my strong point.  And when it comes to writing songs, that's one of my favorite things to do.  I'm a clutch writer."

The process is even more complicated because everybody comes to the show with different levels of talent, Kandi says.  "We had some people who came on the show who could really sing and they were easy to record.  But then we had others who were challenged in the vocal ability area.  Or they never recorded before." 

On top of that, Kandi points out, "We only had five days to be with them period."

Asked whether she wants to see The Kandi Factory compete with The Voice and American Idol, for instance, Kandi says, "I would love for Kandi Factory to be, you know, as big as it could possibly get.  But at the same time, you know, I do have a lot of respect for the American Idols."  Idol has had a long run, and Kandi says, "It's a long way to go" before another show can catch up.

The season finale of The Kandi Factory airs Sunday night at 10/9 Central on Bravo.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Sunday
May262013

Hawthorne Heights to Release Concept Album, "Zero", in June

Facebook.com/HawthorneHeightsHawthorne Heights has a new release headed our way. The band will drop their fifth studio album, Zero, on June 25. Drummer Eron Bucciarelli says that the upcoming release will be concept record which takes place in a “dystopian future where a totalitarian corporation has risen to power in the wake of a disaster.”

“The people know little, they're angry, and they know something isn't right; that they've been lied to,” Bucciarelli explains in a statement. “Life used to be so nice, they used to be kids -- driving around with friends, listening to music -- no cares in the world. And as bad as things would sometimes get back then, they are nothing in comparison to what the people are experiencing now.”

You’ll be able to hear the new tracks performed live when the band hits the road to headline the annual Vans Warped Tour. That outing kicks off on June 15 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, Washington. Visit VansWarpedTour.com to view the fest’s full itinerary.

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Saturday
May252013

Tyler Perry Tells Oprah How He Tried to Save Whitney Houston

WhitneyHouston.comTyler Perry says he tried to save Whitney Houston’s life but failed in his attempt to take her to a rehab center to cure her drug addiction.

He made the revelation in an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Oprah’s Next Chapter episode debuting Sunday on OWN.  Perry told Oprah, "I felt a huge responsibility for her, for Whitney, herself. From the first day we sat down in that restaurant and had a conversation where she was so open with me, I felt a responsibility to do all I could to help her." 

Perry added that he had a premonition about her passing away. "I sensed, like most people who deal with people who have addiction issues, they sense that there is a 'death day' coming.”

Houston and Perry both lived in Atlanta, and the actor/director recalled he became very close to her and her family. "They would call and say, 'Listen, this is goin' on. And that's goin' on.' Or I would talk to her sometimes and she would just be, you know, out of it but trying to be together," Perry said.

Perry has produced two new series for Oprah’s network, The Haves and the Have Nots which premieres May 28, and Love Thy Neighbor which premiers May 29.

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Saturday
May252013

Adam Levine & "The Voice" Cast Sit Down with Oprah

Image Courtesy Adam Levine via TwitterHow do we know that The Voice is a hit show?  Because Oprah Winfrey just taped an interview with the entire cast.

Adam Levine tweeted, "Sat down with on the set of this week for on . Check it out on June 2!"  He included a photo of himself, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher posing with Oprah, along with The Voice host Carson Daly, social media correspondent Christina Milian and executive producer Mark Burnett.

You can catch the interview June 2 on Oprah's Next Chapter, which airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on OWN, Oprah's network.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

 

Saturday
May252013

Foreigner Set to Rock Two Pre-Indy 500 Events on Saturday

Razor & TieForeigner will help auto-racing fans get revved up for this Sunday's Indianapolis 500 when the rockers take part in two special pre-race events on Saturday.

The band will be among the celebrities who will participate in the 500 Festival Parade, which takes place on the streets of downtown Indianapolis starting at noon CT.  Other stars who will appear at the event include Eddie Money, Jim Nabors and Florence Henderson.  The parade, which is expected to be attended by 300,000 spectators, will air live nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Then, that evening, Foreigner will headline the 10th annual 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, which will be held at the Indianapolis Roof Ballroom.  The sold-out black-tie gala will host a variety of VIP guests, and also will feature dining and dancing.

Foreigner has long supported professional auto-racing.  The band has had a close relationship with the NASCAR organization, and even recorded a special version of their hit "Hot Blooded" that was used in a 2012 promotional campaign for the Texas Motor Speedway.

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Saturday
May252013

Tim McGraw Giving More Homes to U.S. Soldiers This Summer

Big Machine Label GroupTim McGraw is honoring U.S. service men and women in a big way on every stop of his Two Lanes of Freedom tour this summer.  As he did last year, Tim has teamed up with Chase and Operation HomeFront to give away 31 mortgage-free homes to U.S. military personnel.

Says Tim, "I couldn't think of a better program to be involved in.  I couldn’t think of anything better to do than to give those guys a home, a mortgage-free home for the rest of their lives."

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Saturday
May252013

Bonnaroo to Host First Annual 5K Roo Run

Bonnaroo.comIf you’d rather go running than watch performances from Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and Billy Idol, you’re in luck.  Bonnaroo producers have announced that they will be offering up the first-ever Roo Run, a 5K trek that loops around the festival grounds. The race is set to take place on the third day of the fest, June 15, beginning at 9 a.m. ET.

The Roo Run will offer festival-goers three different speed lanes for the event: slow, medium and fast. Runners who finish first in each lane will win prizes, with additional prizes awarded to those who finish “graciously” and “stylishly.” Runners who drop out of the race will also be eligible to receive prizes.

To register for the Roo Run you’ll need to donate $5 to the Bonnaroo Works Fund, a non-profit group which supports organizations and programs focused on the arts, education and environmental sustainability.

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place June 13-16 in Manchester, TN.  Other bands scheduled to take the stage at the event include Björk, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, Wilco, Passion Pit and The National.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
May242013

Billy Joel: Elton John Is "Kind of Like a Mom" to Me

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImageIn the last couple of years, Elton John has made some less-than-flattering comments about Billy Joel in the press, criticizing him for not releasing any new music.  But Joel says that maybe that's just John's motherly instincts coming out.

Speaking with The New York Times Magazine, Billy says of Elton's complaints that the Piano Man hasn't released a pop album in 20 years, "That's his opinion.  I don't do it because I don't wanna.  He tends to shoot off his mouth -- he shoots from the hip.  I think his heart is in the right place." 

Joel adds, "Maybe he's trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something.  He's kind of like a mom."   When the interviewer points out that Elton "actually kind of looks like a mom," Billy agrees, noting, "Yeah, he's got mom hair."

As for John's comments that Joel never took his stint in rehab seriously, Billy shrugs it off, saying, "He doesn't know anything about my private life...He's a very friendly, charming man, a nice fun guy, but we really never spent much time personally together.  He doesn't really know that much about me, so I let a lot of that slide.  I'd work with him again, sure."

In the far-ranging New York Times interview, Joel opens up on a wide variety of topics, including his excessive drinking, his financial troubles, his post 9/11 depression, his songwriting and even his uncanny ability to attract extremely beautiful women. 

"A lot of guys are just too intimidated to even ask them out, but I had a great way to meet people," says the man who dated Elle McPherson and married Christie Brinkley.  "People are just interested in you because you're a rock star.  Some guys use a car.  Some guys have a cute dog.  I'm a rock star.  That's who I am, what I do.  What's wrong with that?"

The thrice-wed singer adds, "I was married to some beautiful women.  I always get compared to how beautiful they are and how not beautiful I am, and it's kind of funny, it's like 'Beauty and the Beast.'  I don't mind being the beast, I want them to be good-looking, and if they don't mind me looking like me, why should I care?"

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Friday
May242013

Prince Releases New Video for "Fixurlifeup"

Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCPrince has released a video for his new single "Fixurlifeup," which is streaming now on Vevo.  The visual features images of the politically charged lyrics floating over footage of Prince performing the song with the female trio 3rd Eye Girl, in fact the video is credited to 3rd Eye Girl featuring Prince.  Prince and the trio performed the song at the Billboard Music Awards May 19.  The video also intercuts live footage shot in San Diego on the Live Out Loud tour.

The single is Prince's first release with the Kobalt Music Group.  As previously reported, as part of his deal with Kobalt, Prince will release not only his own music but also work from a roster of new acts.  He'll also provide artist development and recording services to newly signed performers. 

According to Spin.com, Prince’s upcoming album has the working title Plectrum Electrum.

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Friday
May242013

Alice in Chains to Play "Handful" of Rarely Performed Classic Tracks and Deep Cuts on Tour

Johnny BuzzerioIf you attend any of Alice in Chains' upcoming tour dates, you're in for a treat.  Guitarist Jerry Cantrell says the band plans on playing some rarely performed classic tracks and deep cuts from the AIC catalog while they're out on the road.

"We didn't play 'Rotten Apple' [from 1994's Jar of Flies] in years," he tells Grammy.com.  "We started playing that on the last tour [and it] went over really well.  There are always a couple of tunes we pull out that we haven't played [in years] and I'm sure on this tour there will be another handful that we pull out."

Cantrell adds that Alice in Chains will be peppering sets with a healthy number of songs from the band's upcoming album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.  "If a song is a good song it should sound like a good song [in] its simplest element, that's the way we've always approached things," he explains. "And I think all of those songs [from The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here] will translate amazingly live.  It'll be interesting to see, I can't wait to do that."

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here will arrive in stores on Tuesday and features 12 new tracks.  If you pre-order the album now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of the band's current single, "Stone."

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Friday
May242013

Ludacris Releases New Mixtape Online

Island Def JamLudacris has been releasing new, free music to fans online over the past few weeks as part of a series he's called #IDGAFF, or "I Don't Give a F**k Fridays,"  and now he's issued a complete 10-track mixtape entitled DTP Presents: I Don’t Give a F**k.

The free mixtape includes an all-star cast of features from the likes of Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, Mac Miller, Pusha T, French Montana, Meek Mill and Swizz Beatz, and its release was timed to coincide with Friday's opening of Fast & Furious 6, in which Luda co-stars.  The mixtape can be downloaded at Datpiff.com

The rapper-turned-actor told Rap-Up TV, “Basically, I put this mixtape out as an appreciation for all the fans that’s been supporting me for over a decade.”  The collection is meant to tide over fans until the September release of Luda's upcoming, full-length album Ludaversal.

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Friday
May242013

Billy Joel: Elton John Is "Kind of Like a Mom" to Me

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImageIn the last couple of years, Elton John has made some less-than-flattering comments about Billy Joel in the press, criticizing him for not releasing any new music.  But Billy says that maybe that's just Elton's motherly instincts coming out.

Speaking with the New York Times Magazine, Billy says of Elton's complaints that the Piano Man hasn't released a pop album in 20 years, "That’s his opinion.  I don’t do it because I don’t wanna.  He tends to shoot off his mouth -- he shoots from the hip.  I think his heart is in the right place." 

Billy adds, "Maybe he’s trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something.  He’s kind of like a mom."   When the interviewer says that Elton "actually kind of looks like a mom," Billy agrees, noting, "Yeah, he's got mom hair."

As for Elton's comments that Billy never took his stint in rehab seriously, Billy shrugs it off, saying, "He doesn’t know anything about my private life...He’s a very friendly, charming man, a nice fun guy, but we really never spent much time personally together.  He doesn’t really know that much about me, so I let a lot of that slide.  I’d work with him again, sure."

In the far-ranging New York Times interview, Billy opens up on a wide range of topics, including his excessive drinking, his financial troubles, his post 9/11 depression, his songwriting and even his uncanny ability to attract extremely beautiful women. 

"A lot of guys are just too intimidated to even ask them out, but I had a great way to meet people," says the man who dated Elle McPherson and married Christie Brinkley.  "People are just interested in you because you’re a rock star.  Some guys use a car.  Some guys have a cute dog.  I’m a rock star.  That’s who I am, what I do.  What’s wrong with that?"

The thrice-wed singer adds, "I was married to some beautiful women.  I always get compared to how beautiful they are and how not beautiful I am, and it’s kind of funny, it’s like 'Beauty and the Beast.'  I don’t mind being the beast, I want them to be good-looking, and if they don’t mind me looking like me, why should I care?"

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
May242013

Sad-Faced Justin Bieber Featured on Billboard Protesting Minimum Wage Increases

Credit: EPIJustin Bieber was no doubt unhappy after he was booed at the Billboard Music Awards.  But now, a picture of him looking unhappy has appeared ON a billboard.

A research agency called the Employment Policies Institute purchased a photo of the Bieb scowling, and used it to illustrate a billboard in Central Los Angeles.  "Why is Justin Bieber so sad?" asks the billboard.  "Could it be because 24% of teens who want a job can’t find one?”

The billboard goes on to say, "Teen unemployment makes us all sad. Unfortunately, raising the minimum wage will only make things worse.”   

A spokesperson for the Employment Policies Institute tells ABC News Radio that the fact that Justin is on the billboard "does not imply his endorsement of any particular minimum wage policy or an endorsement of" the agency.

The EPI is a non-profit research agency that studies public policy and employment growth.  The point of the billboard is to suggest that if businesses have to pay a higher minimum wage, then they can't afford to hire as many employees, and therefore, the unemployment rate among young people goes up.

A statement on the agency's website says, "Nineteen-year old Bieber might have a lucrative career, but 24 percent of his 16-19 year-old peers are unable to even land a job.  Bieber’s biggest fans are suffering through a teen employment crisis, with an unemployment rate that has been over 20 percent for more than four years."

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