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Tuesday
Jul072015

Jill Scott Says Bill Cosby Testimony "Offers Proof of Terrible Deeds"

Jerritt Clark/Getty ImagesWhen allegations of Bill Cosby’s sexual abuse surfaced last year, Jill Scott was quick to defend him, calling the allegations “insane,” and demanding, “Proof. Period.”

In light of Monday’s release of documents in which Cosby admitted to procuring drugs for use in having sex with women, the actress and singer has changed her tune.  “About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations,” Jill tweeted Monday.

Scott maintained in her initial defense of Cosby -- who presented her with an honorary doctorate in May of 2014 at their shared alma mater, Temple University -- that she didn’t side with the entertainment icon, but declared, “I side with substantiated proof when media/society is attempting to destroy a magnificent Legacy.”  She added, “Rape is a despicable, cowardly crime. If you've been raped- plz do NOT shower, go to police IMMEDIATELY, have a rape kit done. GET EVIDENCE.”

Monday’s revelation came in an unsealed 2005 court filing that was part of a civil case. Cosby, who's been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, said he obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes and answered "yes" when asked if he got them with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

“1) We live in America. Many African American men are detained &/or imprisoned for crimes without evidence. I will never jump on bandwagons,” Scott explained, continuing, “2) based on social media or hearsay. Proof will always matter more than public opinion. The sworn testimony is proof. Completely disgusted.”

“I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It HURTS!!!,” Jill goes on.  “When you get it ALL right, holla.”  She then concludes, “I'm not sorry for standing by my mentor. I'm sorry the accusations Rtrue.”

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Justin Bieber Racks Up "Likes" with Naked Instagram Photo

Ben WattsJustin Bieber's bottom is getting a big thumbs-up from his fans.

On Monday night, the pop star, who's reportedly in Bora Bora, posted a photo of himself naked, standing on a boat and pointing toward land in the distance. The picture was taken from behind, and it offers a full view of his behind.

The caption simply reads, "Look."

The snapshot received approximately 600 thousand "likes" in the hour after it was posted.  By Tuesday morning that number had more than doubled, to over 1.2 million.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Meghan Trainor "Feeling Much Better" but Still Postpones Additional M Train Tour Dates

Epic RecordsAfter a vocal cord hemorrhage forced Meghan Trainor to postpone the first few shows on her M Train tour -- which was to have started July 3 -- the singer now has good news and bad for her fans.

The good news: the singer wrote on Instagram that she's "feeling much better" and has rescheduled most of her canceled dates.  She also gave a shout-out to her doctor and fans, writing, "Thank you Dr. Kessler for seeing me immediately and being so helpful and thank you guys for all the edits/get well posts you made. You made me feel a lot better about this crappy situation. I love you all so much!!"

Now, here's the bad news: she's had to postpone two additional shows in Detroit and Chicago scheduled for this weekend.  Her appearance tonight at the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI, has been canceled.

Here are Meghan's rescheduled dates:

9/7 -- Uncasville, CT
9/9 -- Chicago, IL
9/11 -- Detroit, MI
9/13 -- Atlantic City, NJ

 

I have bad news, my doctor says I have to postpone two more dates, Detroit & Chicago and sadly I have to cancel my appearance at the Common Ground Music Festival. But there is good news!! I’m feeling much better, have already rescheduled most dates and will come back around to see you all soon!!🎉😍😞💜 Thank you Dr. Kessler for seeing me immediately and being so helpful and thank you guys for all the edits/get well posts you made. You made me feel a lot better about this crappy situation. I love you all so much!! New dates for postponed shows below!! MON 9/7 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena WED 9/9 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom FRI 9/11 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore SUN 9/13 Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Festival Park

A video posted by Meghan Trainor (@meghan_trainor) on Jul 6, 2015 at 4:22pm PDT

 

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Ringo Starr Celebrating 75th Birthday Today with "Peace and Love" Gathering in L.A.

©Rob ShanahanJust a reminder that Ringo Starr will celebrate his 75th birthday today, July 7, by appearing live at noon PT at the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California, where he will lead fans in his trademark "peace and love" salute.  Joining the famed Beatles drummer at the gathering, which is open to the public, and will be his wife, Barbara Bach, and several of Starr's well-known musical friends.

Among the rock stars confirmed to attend the celebration are Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, acclaimed session drummer Jim Keltner, and current All Starr Band members Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.  Walsh and comedian Richard Lewis will deliver introductions at the event, which also will feature actor Ed Begley Jr. and Twin Peaks director David Lynch.

Entertainment will be provided by indie-folk artists Spirit Family Reunion and Adam Arcuragi, who will be performing some of Ringo's songs.

Starr also is encouraging fans to flash the peace symbol and say or think about "peace and love" at noon wherever they are in the world.  You also can share "peace and love" messages online at various popular social media websites by using the hashtag #PeaceandLove.

2015 has been quite an eventful year for Starr, who released a new studio album titled Postcards from Paradise in March, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in April.  This fall, meanwhile, Ringo and his All Starr Band will embark on a new North American tour that scheduled to run from an October 1 concert in San Francisco through an October 31 show in Brooklyn, New York.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Micky Dolenz Debuting New Show Tonight Combining Monkees Hits and Tunes from His Favorite Musicals

Image Courtesy of dis COMPANYMicky Dolenz will be monkeying around on Broadway this week, as the Monkees singer is debuting a new show that features him performing a number of his band's famous hits and some of his favorite tunes from the world of musical theater.  Dolenz is scheduled to give three performances of the show, dubbed A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll, tonight, Friday and Saturday at the 54 Below supper club in New York City.

Dolenz tells ABC Radio that in addition to singing classic Monkees songs that so many of his fans love, the performances will give him the chance to introduce many people to some of the tunes he's sung in various stage productions he's been involved in over the last few decades.

"I'm fairly well known in the rock 'n' roll world, but maybe not so well known in the musical theater, Broadway world," he explains.  "I started late in life doing that.  [The first] big Broadway thing I did was Grease back in the '90s, and then I went on and did [A] Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and then I did Aida -- the Elton John-Tim Rice musical -- and then I did the revival of Pippin, and then, most recently, in London's West End, I did Hairspray."

Micky says in deciding what musical-theater songs to include in the performances, he tried to choose "tunes that just work independently of the show."  He adds that finding such songs was tough to do, "'cause often sung out of context it doesn't really make any sense."

Dolenz tells ABC Radio that his A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll shows also will include a song from the 2001 comedic musical Urinetown, "Don't Be the Bunny," which he used to successfully audition for roles in several stage productions, including the aforementioned Pippin revival.

As for the Monkees songs featured in this week's shows, he says fans can expect him to belt out "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Daydream Believer" and more.

Meanwhile, Dolenz says his experience with The Monkees' TV series was excellent preparation for roles in musicals.

"In retrospect, the Monkees television show was essentially a half-hour little musical theater film, like a Marx Brothers film on television," he maintains.  "The Monkees, ultimately, I think, were much, much more closely aligned to the Marx Brothers than The Beatles, say.  It was a little half-hour [featuring] song and dance and little crazy plot."

Visit 54Below.com to buy tickets and find out more details about Dolenz's A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll shows.  Showtime for all three performances is 7 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Idina Menzel Kicks Off US Leg of World Tour Tonight 

Robin WongAfter wowing crowds overseas, Idina Menzel is ready to bring her world tour to the U.S.  The North American leg of the trek kicks off tonight in Richmond, Virginia, but Idina says don't expect a massive, over-the-top production from her.

"I’m not that extravaganza kind of girl. I’m usually the girl -- if I wear a ball gown, I’m in bare feet," Idina tells ABC Radio. She laughs, "I don’t dance so I’m not gonna have 20 dancers behind me!"

When it comes to performing live, the "Let It Go" singer says she prefers to avoid the sheer spectacle of most big pop tours in favor of creating a more personal experience for her fans.

"I like my show to be as intimate as possible," she explains. "I like to really connect with everyone in the audience. I like to really be myself. I don’t like it to get too grandiose."

Of course, now that she's a world-famous star, Idina's surroundings have gotten more grandiose, but that doesn't mean that she's losing the intimacy that's so important to her.

"Thankfully, you know, the more tickets you sell, if you get to another echelon the places get a little bigger," she explains, "But I have to keep it still like everyone’s hanging out in my living room, because...those are the kind of concerts and the artists that I like seeing the most."  

No word on whether Idina will change her set list for her North American dates, but her concerts overseas have featured numbers from the shows she starred in -- including Rent, If/Then and Wicked -- as well as material from her pop albums, classics like "Don't Rain on My Parade" and even a cover version of Radiohead's hit "Creep."  And, yes, of course, she sings "Let It Go."  Idina's North American tour wraps up in L.A. on October 3.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlan Jackson releases his new single, "Jim and Jack and Hank," to country radio this week. It's included on his new album, Angels & Alcohol, due out Friday, July 17.

The 49th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday, November 4 on ABC. Steven Tyler will appear on ABC's Good Morning America to announce the final nominees on Wednesday, September 9.

Tanya Tucker sits down for an interview on PBS's Tavis Smiley talk show this Friday night. Check local listings for air times.

David Nail has released "Tonight's on Fire" as the lead single from his upcoming studio album.

Old Dominion new video for "Break Up with Him" was inspired by the classic '80s film, Back to the Future. Check it out this Wednesday on CMT.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Canaan Smith Says Communication Is Key in His Marriage to Wife, Christy

UMG NashvilleCanaan Smith was inspired to write his breakthrough hit, "Love You Like That," about his wife, Christy. They tied the knot in September 2014, and Canaan says their marriage comes first in his life. They've also grown a lot in the past few months while living together as man and wife.

"We're learning, basically, how to be better human beings through marriage," Canaan tells ABC Radio. "That's one of the best things it teaches you. It points out your imperfections so that you can become better and help somebody else become their best version of themselves, too. She does that for me on a daily basis."

One big area Canaan has been working on with Kristy is paying attention to the day-to-day details of running a home.

He explains, "I'm no good at details! I'm used to a tour manager just saying, 'Here. Go there. Go there.' But in a marriage and in a real-life situation, you have to have factual details and communicate those to be successful."

So, how is Canaan doing when it comes to paying attention to the details? He says, "We're doing better."

"Love You Like That" is included on Canaan's debut album, Bronco, available now.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Rihanna Tracked Down Her "BBHMM" Henchman via Instagram

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Rihanna wouldn't have been able to pull off her crazy heist in video for "B***h Better Have My Money" without her henchman.  Now, we've learned how Rih tracked down one of her co-stars, Sanam, an artist who Rihanna found on Instagram and then approached via the social networking site to be in the video.

In a new interview with Vice, Sanam reveals that Rihanna sent a private message requesting her to be part of the visual. "The next morning, I went to work, and I got a DM from her on Instagram," Sanam recalls. "She was like, 'Hey, I have this idea I want to run by you. I think you're so f**king rare. Let me know if you're interested.'"

After speaking to a rep for the production company, Sanam says she was asked fly to Los Angeles the next day. "She followed me on Instagram on a Wednesday night, and then I was in L.A. on Friday morning," Sanam says. "It was crazy."

So what was it like hanging out with Rihanna on set?  Sanam replies that Rihanna was "so f**king real and down-to-earth."

The seven-minute video has racked up 16-million views since its release last week.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Full Devil Jacket's Josh Brown Talks Touring with Hinder and Growing Up 

Image Courtesy of eOne MusicFull Devil Jacket kicks off the final leg of their tour with Hinder tonight, July 7, in Columbia, South Carolina. The two bands have been touring together throughout the year, and both are showing off new aspects of themselves: Hinder's new frontman Marshal Dutton, and Full Devil Jacket's first album in 15 years, Valley of Bones. As for Dutton, Full Devil Jacket has found that the crowds are accepting the new voice of Hinder.

"There's a lot of people that didn't even know that the original singer was gone," FDJ frontman Josh Brown tells ABC Radio. "They've got a loyal fan-base, and those kids come up to rock. And I believe they deliver, for sure."

In watching Hinder live, Brown respects the dedication the band puts forth on stage.

"They're a veteran band, man, they've put out quite a few records," he says. "Seeing the level those guys bring to the show, it's refreshing. No one at this point in rock n' roll does it just because of all the fame, fortune and hoopla that goes along with it. You do it because you were made to do it, and it's cool seeing that in other people."

Full Devil Jacket also felt like they were made to write music, which helped lead to the recording of Valley of Bones, the band's first album since their 2000 self-titled full length debut. Brown believes that time in between records manifested itself in a more mature album like Valley of Bones.

"We've all grown as people and songwriters and musicians, and I think we had a better idea of what we wanted the finished product to sound like," Brown tells ABC Radio. "Man, when you're 19 doing a record, or 20-years-old doing a record, and you're in your later 30s doing a record, a lot changes."

Valley of Bones follows Full Devil Jacket's previous singles "Where Did You Go?" and "Now You Know" with a song such as "Killers," which details Brown's struggles with addiction.

"Every record I write, lyrically, it's all the same, it's just different perspectives on life and learning what's important," Brown says. "I think I've always written about the same things, I just have a greater idea about what those things are now. When you're 20 you think you know everything, at 38 you realize you don't know anything."

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Civil Twilight Streaming New Album, "Story of an Immigrant," Ahead of Release

Wind-Up RecordsCivil Twilight's new album, Story of an Immigrant, will be released later this week, but you can get a few days head start delving into it on Spin.com, where the album is now streaming in full.

Story of an Immigrant is Civil Twilight's third album. The album's lead single, "Holy Dove," is currently charting at Alternative Rock radio. Civil Twilight's last record, 2012's Holy Weather, featured the single "Fire Escape."

"Within the writing process, a certain theme and feel began to appear among the lyrics and the music," frontman Steven McKellar tells Spin of Story of an Immigrant. "Themes of freedom and discovery within the looking back and the moving forward and, ultimately, landing in the brightness and excitement of the present."

Story of an Immigrant will be released officially on July 10 -- the first day the new Friday global album release date will be implemented.

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Monday
Jul062015

Newcomer Chris Janson Has Already Played the Grand Ole Opry More than 100 Times

Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson's name may be new to you if you're just hearing his breakthrough hit, "Buy Me a Boat," on the radio. If you've been to a show at the Grand Ole Opry in the past few years, there's a good chance you've seen Chris perform on the show. He's already played the Opry more than 100 times and is now considered an Opry regular.

Performing on that stage gave Chris a leg up on building a fan base. He tells the Hartford Courant, "The Grand Ole Opry is definitely attributed to putting a platform of fans in front of me at the same time, from all different places around the globe. And it's pretty cool because it's like a tour in one room."

Thanks to the success of "Buy Me a Boat," Chris has landed a spot on Toby Keith's latest tour. Go to ChrisJanson.com for a list of tour dates.

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Monday
Jul062015

Miguel on Frank Ocean: "I Wouldn’t Say We Were Friends" 

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Miguel has no problem speaking his mind, especially when it comes to his artistry.

In a recent interview with U.K.'s The Sunday Times, the singer spoke about his relationship with Frank Ocean, to whom he not only lost a Grammy in 2013 but who he also feels isn't that great of an artist.

"I wouldn’t say we were friends," he told the Times. "To be completely honest -- and no disrespect to anyone -- I genuinely believe that I make better music, all the way around.

Miguel also addressed the ongoing comparisons between himself, Ocean and The Weeknd. "It's interesting," Miguel continued, "but we’ll see who’s in it for the long haul. It’s like a marathon, you know?"

After revealing that he's "super-competitive," Miguel also spoke of how his music is different. "That’s Frank. Frank is the tortured. That’s his thing. That’s not who I am. I may not be dark -- as dark -- and I may not be as poetic, but I’m living my real sh**," says Miguel, whose third album Wildheart was released last month.

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Monday
Jul062015

Lionel Richie Scores First #1 Album in the UK in 23 Years

Andrew MacPhersonWherever he is, Lionel Richie must be dancing on the ceiling.  The pop/R&B singer has scored his first #1 album on the U.K. chart in more than 23 years, as his compilation The Definitive Collection, has jumped to the top spot following Richie's acclaimed June 28 performance at the Glastonbury Festival.

The 2003 retrospective, which features highlights from Richie's solo career and from his tenure with The Commodores, leaped from the 103rd slot to #1 after an amazing 1,763-percent increase in combined sales over the past week, OfficialCharts.com reports.  The Definitive Collection previously peaked at #10 in the U.K. at the time of its 2003 release.

"I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album Number 1 is ‎unbelievable," Richie tells OfficialCharts.com.  "The U.K. has always been a special place for me, thank you, I love you all."

The last time Lionel reached the top spot on the U.K. album tally was in 1992, with his Back to Front compilation.  Richie scored a #1 album in the U.S. in 2012 with his most recent studio effort, the country duets collection Tuskegee.

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Monday
Jul062015

Watch Cage the Elephant's Full 2014 Lollapalooza Set

Credit: Colin LaneThrough their "From the Vault" series, Lollapalooza is streaming Cage the Elephant's full set from the 2014 festival now on its website. The video will be streaming only for today, July 6.

Cage the Elephant's 2014 Lollapalooza set was an hour long and featured performances of the hits "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" and "Cigarette Daydreams." Towards the end of the set, frontman Matthew Shultz ditched his shirt and took a plunge into the muddy banks of Chicago's Grant Park.

As for this year, Cage has a few more festival appearances lined up for the summer, including at the Forecastle Festival in the band's home state of Kentucky on July 17.

Lollapalooza 2015 will be held July 31-August 2 and will be headlined Metallica, Florence + the Machine and Paul McCartney.

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Monday
Jul062015

Meghan Trainor Gives Fans Chance to Win Front Row Tickets & a Makeover

Tyler Golden/NBCMeghan Trainor may have been forced to postpone the start of her M Train tour last week because of a vocal cord hemorrhage, but she’ll be back on stage soon -- and you could be sitting front row.

Meghan is teaming up with MTV and Applebee’s for the “Ultimate Fan Experience" sweepstakes. One lucky fan and a friend could win the chance to fly to New York City and receive front row tickets to Meghan’s July 31 concert at Pier 97.

Before the show starts, the winner and her bestie will get a backstage meet-and-greet with Meghan and be treated to a makeover by the pop star’s personal glam squad.

Megatronz can enter to win at UFE.MTV.com. The last day to enter is July 20.

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Monday
Jul062015

Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Concerts Set Attendance Records at Chicago's Soldier Field

Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead's final three concerts, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Chicago's Soldier Field, were the highest attended events ever at the venue since it was renovated in 2003.  Billboard reports that the group's Fare Thee Well shows on July 3, 4 and 5 in the Windy City drew 70,764, 70,844 and 71,000, respectively.

The previous record was held by U2, who brought in 67,936 fans for a 2009 concert during the Irish bands 360° Tour.

As previously reported, the band's Fare Thee Well shows featured The Grateful Dead's four core surviving members -- rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- along with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti, the keyboardist of Weir's side group RatDog.

According to Jambands.com, here is the full set list of Sunday's show, which was announced as The Grateful Dead's last-ever concert:

Set I:
"China Cat Sunflower"
"I Know You Rider"
"Estimated Prophet"
"Built to Last"
"Samson and Delilah"
"Mountains of the Moon"
"Throwing Stones"

Set II:
"Truckin'"
"Cassidy"
"Althea"
"Terrapin Station"
"Drums"
"Space"
"Unbroken Chain"
"Days Between"
"Not Fade Away"

Encore:
"Touch of Grey"

Encore 2:
"Attics of My Life"

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Monday
Jul062015

Lionel Richie Scores First #1 Album in the UK in 23 Years

Credit: Andrew MacPhersonWherever he is, Lionel Richie must be dancing on the ceiling.  The pop/R&B singer has scored his first #1 album on the U.K. chart in more than 23 years, as his compilation The Definitive Collection, has jumped to the top spot following Richie's acclaimed June 28 performance at the Glastonbury Festival.

The 2003 retrospective, which features highlights from Richie's solo career and from his tenure with The Commodores, leaped from the 103rd slot to #1 after an amazing 1,763-percent increase in combined sales over the past week, OfficialCharts.com reports.  The Definitive Collection previously peaked at #10 in the U.K. at the time of its 2003 release.

"I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album Number 1 is ‎unbelievable," Richie tells OfficialCharts.com.  "The U.K. has always been a special place for me, thank you, I love you all."

The last time Lionel reached the top spot on the U.K. album tally was in 1992, with his Back to Front compilation.  Richie scored a #1 album in the U.S. in 2012 with his most recent studio effort, the country duets collection Tuskegee.

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Monday
Jul062015

Michael Buble & Wife Expecting Second Child 

Dean FreemanMichael Buble's son Noah will turn two this August 27, but he and his wife are already expecting another little Buble.

Michael shared the happy news on his Facebook page via a cute video that shows his wife Luisana Lopilato lying on the floor with her shirt hiked up to reveal her bare -- yet still flat -- belly.   She asks Noah, "Who's that in there," and he touches her stomach and says, "Baby."

Last week, Noah had to go to the hospital to receive treatment for burns suffered due to scalding hot water, but Michael's rep told ABC Radio it wasn't serious.  Michael tweeted, "Thank you for the love and concern you have shown for our little guy. He's home healthy and happy. Love you all."

Noah has some news to tell you ...

Posted by Michael Bublé on Monday, July 6, 2015

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Monday
Jul062015

Yoko Ono Says Nicknaming ISIS Terrorist After Late Husband John Lennon "Was Very Distasteful"

PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationIn a new interview, Yoko Ono speaks out about the murderous ISIS terrorist who has been given the nickname "Jihadi John" in reference to her late husband, John Lennon.  Ono tells U.K. newspaper The Observer she "thought that was very distasteful" to use Lennon's name in connection with the Islamic militant, who has appeared in a number of videos in which he's shown beheading kidnapping victims from various countries.

Ono says she feels a duty to continue to work toward spreading the positive message that her husband and his old band embraced, particularly in the wake of the violent actions by groups such as ISIS.  "I have to keep on doing something because the other side will take over -- people who are really not understanding what beautiful things we have in this world and want to destroy it," she maintains.  "And I'm not going to let them destroy John or The Beatles."

"Jihadi John" is believed to be Mohammed Emwazi, who's part of a four-person British-born terrorist cell whose prisoners nicknamed them after The Beatles because of their accents.

In other news, although Ono is known to have had conflicts with the surviving Beatles members over the years, she tells The Observer her current relationship with them is warm.  "From my side there's an incredible love towards them," she maintains, "because they have done something important for the world and especially for the young."

Yoko suggests that one of the reasons why tensions mounted between her and Lennon's band mates, particularly when the group was still together, was a general lack of communication she says may have something to do with their British upbringing.

"For instance, that classic style of 'Let's keep our chins up' was typical of John," she explains.  "John and I went through so much difficulty and when that was happening we said, 'OK, let's just ignore it.'  I don't think the other Beatles had to go through that much, really -- John was the one who was taking it all.  But I know that they're doing their best.  I really love them like my brothers."

As for disputes that she's had with Paul McCartney over such issues as McCartney wanting his name to be listed before Lennon's on Beatles songs on which Sir Paul was the main or sole writer, Ono says she feels that they get blown out of proportion.  "I feel that in some ways we are almost forced to be in a boxing ring, and that's how people are looking at us," she maintains, "but we're not doing that."

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