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Friday
Oct252013

Miranda Lambert Allows for Plenty of Creative Free Time in the Recording Studio

RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert is easily one of country music's more quirky artists with left-of-center hits like "Mama's Broken Heart" and her latest single, "All Kinds of Kinds." That kind of creativity can't be forced in the studio, so Miranda and her producer, Frank Liddell, allow for plenty of time to explore different sounds and songs during the recording process.

"A lot of the way he produces is just kind of sitting back and seeing what happens before having too much of a plan," Miranda says of Frank's approach in the studio, "I think that's why it sounds so organic and so different is because we sort of go into it with this open mind, both of us."

Miranda and Frank are in the studio now working on the follow-up to her 2011 album, Four the Record. As always, they're letting the music guide the way.

Looking back on her working relationship with Frank, Miranda says, "It just happened so naturally the way that we worked together in the studio. You know, I bring the songs, and he finds some songs and we let it start with that. We let it start with the song."

Miranda currently has two songs in the top 20 with "All Kinds of Kinds" and her duet with Keith Urban, "We Were Us." Miranda's next album is expected to come out sometime in 2014.

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Friday
Oct252013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThomas Rhett performs on The Queen Latifah Show Friday.

Look for Scotty McCreery to perform on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday.

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Friday
Oct252013

The One Band Jon Bon Jovi Would Love to See in Concert? Bon Jovi

AEG LiveEven without guitarist Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi's Because We Can tour has been a massive success, earning nominations at the 2013 Billboard Touring Awards for both the year's Top Tour, based on money earned, and Top Draw, based on tickets sold.  But sadly, the one guy who really, really wants to see Bon Jovi live can't: Jon Bon Jovi himself.

The frontman says he's dying to know what it's like to attend a Bon Jovi concert, but he just can't seem to replicate the experience.  "I have tried," he tells ABC News Radio.  "I had someone take a camera up to the top of the rafters...I have tried everything to simulate it.  I can't go into the audience even with a microphone and soundcheck to hear what the band sounds like, because, it's going to be different." 

He laughs, "I would love to see the band sometime, yeah!"

Of course, Bon Jovi fans are happy to tell Jon how much they enjoy the band's shows, which the singer thinks stand alone among other big arena concerts.  While some fans compare their favorite group's concerts to a family reunion, or a backyard barbecue, or even a revival meeting, Jon says Bon Jovi shows are their own animal.

"You know what's been great, is that it's just become uniquely defined by that word: It's a Bon Jovi concert," Jon tells ABC News Radio.  "It's not trying to be U2...[a] religious experience.  It's not trying to be Kenny Chesney, you know, doing a Caribbean country thing, it's just uniquely us and that's great because we're not trying to be anything but who we are."

When Bon Jovi rolls into Toronto's Air Canada Centre in November for a new two-night stand, the venue will be welcoming the group with a special salute: a banner inducting the New Jersey rockers into the Centre's new wall of fame.  According to the Toronto Star, they're the only music act to get that honor: All the other inductees are sports stars.  Why?  Because in the 17 times Bon Jovi has played at the venue, they've sold more than 600,000 tickets -- more than any other band in the arena's history.

"Since 1984, Canada and especially Toronto have been there for the band and myself," Jon told the Star.  "We have had so many memories together and look forward to many more."

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Friday
Oct252013

Ringo Starr Shares Video Preview of "Octopus's Garden" Children's Book

Simon and SchusterRingo Starr is giving fans a little preview of the upcoming children's book based on his classic Beatles song "Octopus's Garden," which is scheduled to be published in early 2014.  In a new video posted on Starr's official YouTube channel, the famed drummer shows off the cover art of the book, then shares some comments about the illustrated publication as he flips through its pages.

"As you know, it' a great song, but it's also turned into a great story," says Ringo while turns the pages.  The illustrations Starr displays show a group of children swimming to the bottom of the sea to frolic with an orange-colored octopus.  The kids also are seen riding on the backs of sea turtles and gathering around the octopus as he reads a book to them.

Ringo also shows off the CD that comes packaged with the book, which will include a recording of "Octopus's Garden" as well as audio of the 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reading the story.

As the video comes to an end, Starr chuckles and says of the book, "I highly recommend it."

Octopus's Garden was illustrated by Ben Cort, who previously has created artwork for author Claire Freedman's popular Underpants series, including Aliens Love Underpants.

Ringo also has posted another video on his YouTube channel in which he mentions Octopus's Garden and also points out that his limited-edition photo book, Photograph, will be available in November or December.  In addition, he talks about his All Starr Band's upcoming South American tour, which kicks off this Tuesday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  At the tail end of the trek, Ringo and his group will play two shows in Las Vegas, on November 22 and 23.

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Friday
Oct252013

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and More Featured on "In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts" November 5

Broken Bow RecordsABC's 20/20 is going country again with the fifth annual edition of In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: Countdown to the CMA Awards airing Tuesday, November 5. 

In the special, Robin goes on location with Jason Aldean at his recent show at Boston's Fenway Park and gets him to open up about the tabloid headlines that contributed to the end of his marriage.

Luke Bryan is also featured on the show talking about the death of his two siblings, and Shania Twain takes viewers behind the scenes of her massive Las Vegas show. Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and the cast of Nashville are also included on the special, airing November 5 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

The 47th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday, November 6 on ABC.

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Friday
Oct252013

Robin Thicke Recalls His First Crush... and His First Naked Woman

Star Trak/InterscopeRobin Thicke spent the summer dancing across your computer screen, surrounded by half-naked women in the video for "Blurred Lines."  But he says in real life, his first encounter with a naked woman came early -- courtesy of his famous dad, actor, songwriter and TV host Alan Thicke.

In the November issue of Elle magazine, Robin recalls that after his parents divorced, his dad was quite the ladies man, and he got the unexpected benefits.  "My dad was single my whole pubescent period. He had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic -- every week. I was like, 'Dang, Pops!,'" Robin laughs. "He had an indoor Jacuzzi, and he frequented it. The first time I saw a naked woman was when I went to take a shower one morning before school. I was like, 'Who is this girl in my shower?'"

Naked girls in the shower aside, Robin said that he also lusted after women he saw on MTV.  His first musical crush, he says, was Janet Jackson.  "The video for 'That’s the Way Love Goes,' my friends and I would watch that and be like, 'Whoa!'" Robin tells Elle. "And En Vogue! One of the girls looks just like my wife."

And speaking of the wife, actress Paula Patton, it just wouldn't be a Robin Thicke interview if he didn't discuss their sex life and the size of his manhood. 

Asked how he and Patton, who he's been with since he was 14, keep the "spice" in their marriage, Robin tells Elle, "The spice is not our problem. We’re over-spiced. We could probably take a few spices off the shelf."  When asked if the couple listens to Robin's music in the bedroom, he admits, "Yes. In fact, she likes to do it more than ever now. Sometimes she’ll even play groupie for me."

Of course, that doesn't mean that there isn't trouble in paradise occasionally. "Oh yeah! Lock up the golf clubs," Robin tells Elle when asked if he and Patton ever fight. "If you don’t fight, then you don’t care. If you’re not fighting for the relationship, you need to move on." 

And what do they fight about?  "There are so many little things you can fight about when you’re in love," he says. "I’ve got a whole bunch of employees. I can’t bring my emotions around my work. You bring it home. Sometimes you take it out on the person you love the most. And then you just go, 'I’m so sorry. What was I thinking. Let’s just watch Ron Burgundy again.'”

As for the manhood question, which arises from the fact that Robin has boasted in his songs and videos about being well-endowed, the singer will only say, "Listen, compared to my [three-year-old] son, I’m packing. If I’m next to LeBron James? It’s probably not quite as impressive."

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Friday
Oct252013

Ex-Wife of Kelly Clarkson's New Hubby: "I Love Her...My Kids Love Her"

Image Courtesy ArchetypeStudioInc.com/Kelly Clarkson via TwitterIt's safe to say that when a man's been married more than once, his first and second wives don't necessarily get along.  But there doesn't seem to be any such problem between Kelly Clarkson and Melissa, the woman who was previously married to her new husband, Brandon Blackstock.  In fact, Melissa "loves" Kelly, or so she says.

Speaking to People magazine, Melissa, who is the mother of Brandon's two children, Savannah and Seth, says, "I love Kelly.  I've known her for years and I couldn't ask for a better stepmother for my children.  My kids love her."

People also reveals that, while Kelly and Brandon didn't really invite anyone to their wedding in Tennessee on October 20, they did celebrate with friends and family beforehand.  The magazine reports that on October 12, they hosted a party for about 40 close friends and family members at their home in Nashville. 

The event "was Kelly and Brandon opening their home to say, 'Thank you for being part of our lives,'" says the couple's friend, jewelry designer Jonathan Arndt.

Meanwhile, Kelly's mom Jeanne is still raving about her daughter's wedding, even though she didn't attend. Posting a series of photos from the ceremony on Instagram, she wrote, "My girl is all grown up and now a married lady! Such a stunning bride! She deserves every happiness and I'm glad she finally got her Prince Charming!"

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Friday
Oct252013

Toni Braxton, Babyface Eye February Release for "Love, Marriage & Divorce"

Courtesy of Toni Braxton's InstagramLast week, Toni Braxton and Babyface released the official artwork for their upcoming joint album, Love, Marriage & Divorce, which includes their hit duet "Hurt You."  Now, the pair have announced a new launch date for their new project.

The duo have changed the disc's original release date from November 25 to February 4, just a week before the most romantic day of the year, Valentine's Day.  Fans can visit their new website, ToniBraxtonAndBabyface.com, for more updates.

The upcoming project marks Babyface's first studio effort in six years, following 2007's Playlist, as well as Toni's first album in three years, since 2010's Pulse, which spawned her hit single "Yesterday," featuring Trey Songz.

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Friday
Oct252013

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian Are Not Happy About Leaked Proposal Video

Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImageOn Wednesday, TMZ obtained video of Kanye West proposing to Kim Kardashian at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Monday, which revealed the rapper presenting a ring on bended-knee while a 50-piece orchestra played in the background. Now, however, the couple is reportedly planning to sue the culprit who released their proposal video.

Sources reveal to TMZ that the pair is not happy about the video being shown without their consent. Kim and Kanye reportedly had everyone who attended their engagement party sign a confidentiality agreement and the gossip site claims a "lawsuit is imminent" since the couple has an idea of who leaked the video to the media.

By the way, TMZ is also reporting that Kanye and Kim intend to sign a prenuptial agreement because they believe it's a smart move as business people.

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Thursday
Oct242013

Patti LaBelle to Be Honored at 2013 "Black Girls Rock!" Special

PattisButterflies.comPatti LaBelle is among the stars scheduled to take the stage during this year's edition of BET's annual Black Girls Rock! special, which will air next month.  LaBelle will receive the Living Legend Award at the event, which will be taped this Saturday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Hip-hop legend Queen Latifah also will be among the gala's honorees, and will be recognized with the Rock Star Award.  Presenters for the show include Nia Long, Tatyana Ali, La La Anthony and Marsha Ambrosius.

In addition, Black Girls Rock! will include performances from Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland, Ledisi, Janelle Monae and others.  The ceremony is designed to celebrate women of color and recognize their accomplishments in their careers and community service.

Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, Black Girls Rock! premieres on BET on Sunday, November 3, at 7 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Oct242013

Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox Reveals Which Country Star's Music Brings Him Good Luck During Hunting Season

Big Machine RecordsIf you ever studied Rascal Flatts' tour schedule, you'll notice their concert dates really slack off towards the end of the year. That's because band members Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney can't get lead singer Gary LeVox out of the deer stand during hunting season. You'll notice the Flatts don't have any more concert dates this year after this weekend.

Gary tells Field & Stream, "They know that after that, they won't be able to get me to do anything anyway."

Gary takes music with him on his hunting trips, and it turns out one country star in particular is a good luck charm for Gary and his hunting buddy, outdoorsman Mark Drury.

"Whether we were hunting together or hunting apart, no matter the state we were in, we played Justin Moore," Gary says. "It was the ticket. Every single time we heard a Justin Moore tune, somebody killed or recovered something. It was money."

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Thursday
Oct242013

Lady Gaga to Be Backed Up by Kids During YouTube Awards Performance?

Image Courtesy Lady Gaga via TwitterLady Gaga's fans calls her Mother Monster, and at next month's YouTube Awards she just might find herself mothering a backup band of young children.

According to Showbiz411.com, Gaga has put out a casting call for young musicians, aged 10-18 years old, to back her up during her performance at the awards on November 3.  The casting call says that kids who play piano, bass, guitar and drums are great, but they're also interested in kids who play horns, stringed instruments or "anything unique," like French horn or xylophone.  All those auditioning have to prepare a Lady Gaga song. 

Those selected, according to the website, will be paid $100 per day for rehearsals and the day of the performance.

At the first annual YouTube awards, which will take place in New York City, Gaga is nominated in the Video of the Year category for "Applause."  The awards will stream live globally on November 3 beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Oct242013

Madonna Scores $8 Million Profit Selling Beverly Hills Estate

Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCIt's not like Madonna needs the cash or anything, but she just turned a nice profit selling her Beverly Hills estate, where she lived during her marriage to Guy Ritchie, TMZ reports.

The Queen of Pop listed the property in January for $22.5 million, and it has now sold for $20 million.  Back in 2003, she paid $12 million for the spread, which features a 500-foot-long tree-lined driveway, 15 bathrooms, nine bedrooms, a pool, a movie theater, a tennis court and a gym.  According to TMZ, Madonna is now looking for a smaller property in L.A.

This was far from the only big-bucks real estate deal Madonna has been involved with this year.  Back in May, she sold one of her New York City apartments for "considerably less" than the asking price of $19.995 million.  Still, how much less could it have been?  The place had 15 rooms, including six bedrooms, plus balconies and French doors opening onto Central Park, as well as a stainless-steel and marble kitchen.

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Thursday
Oct242013

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Want You to Create Official Video for “Black Heart”

Chapman BaehlerStone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington has launched a contest to find a filmmaker to create the official music video for "Black Heart," the latest single from the group's recently released debut EP, High Rise.

Would-be directors are being asked to submit their videos for the song at Genero.tv.  Clips must be submitted by December 11.  The group will help choose the winning clip, and one lucky video maker will receive a $5,000 grand prize.

You can check out the lyric video for "Black Heart" on the group's YouTube channel for inspiration.  That three-minute clip features close-ups of a man with a wide variety of tattoos covering his body that include the song’s lyrics along with pictures of skulls, scorpions, spiders and guns.

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington will kick off the next leg of their North American tour on November 1 at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Visit StoneTemplePilots.com to view the full itinerary.

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Thursday
Oct242013

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished in New Daughtry Video for "Waiting for Superman"

RCA RecordsThe video for Daughtry's new single "Waiting for Superman" has just debuted online, and it tells the compelling story of a guy who heroically tries to help people, but isn't appreciated or thanked for his efforts.

In the clip, Chris Daughtry serves as narrator, singing the song as we see various people in distress and our hero, an unassuming looking young man, trying to help them.  Like a real-life Superman, he pushes a woman out of the way of a speeding bicycle, but all she does is yell and berate him for pushing her.  He tackles a thief who snatched a woman's purse, only to be unfairly accused by the police of stealing the purse himself.  He literally pulls a suicidal man down from a ledge before he can jump, but all the guy does is yell and scream at him for stopping him from jumping.

Still, that doesn't stop our hero from doing good deeds.  When he sees a teen crouching in an alleyway, being taunted and teased by a group of bullies, he springs into action, chasing them all away, taking the girl's hand and leading her home.  As he delivers her to her mother, the police show up again and nearly cuff him, but let him go.  Finally, the girl he helped runs to him, puts her arms around him and hugs him -- giving him, at long last, the thanks that he deserves.

"Waiting for Superman" is the lead track from Daughtry's new album Baptized, which is due November 19.  If you pre-order the deluxe version of the album now, you'll get a free download of the song, plus another brand-new track called "Long Live Rock & Roll."

And speaking of rock and roll, Daughtry's always been known for their hard-charging rock sound, but on Baptized, they're changing things up a bit.  There are a few electronic influences on "Waiting for Superman," while "Long Live Rock & Roll" has a folky, acoustic sound, with humorous lyrics.  So, at this point, does Chris consider Daughtry to be a rock band, or a pop group?  Is it important for him to be on the pop charts?

"At our core, we are a rock band," Chris tells ABC News Radio. "We have drums, and guitars and all the ingredients of what a rock band is.  But I think it is important: for us to be successful, we have to have very accessible songs.  Which is something we've always done -- we've always had that in the back of our mind when we were writing."

In other words, Chris says, Baptized doesn't represent some kind of radical musical departure for Daughtry. "I've always been a sucker for a great pop melody, so those things have always been a part of my songwriting," he explains. "So I don't think it's any different time around. I think we're just really...outside the box." 

Or, as Chris told Rolling Stone recently, "I love...Katy Perry...Pink, Imagine Dragons, even Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, so [the album has] all these aspects of everything I love that's out there. I wanted to experiment a little bit with those kind of sounds and incorporate it in what we do."

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Thursday
Oct242013

Mariah Carey Teases "The Art of Letting Go"; Releases New Studio Footage

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Caesars EntertainmentOn Thursday, Mariah Carey reminded fans that there's only 19 days until she releases her much-anticipated single, "The Art of Letting Go," which will appear on her album of the same name. To whet fans' appetite, Mariah posted on Facebook video footage from the recording sessions for the song.

In the clip, the upcoming song briefly plays in the background while Mimi clocks a 4 a.m. studio session with Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins, and composer Larry Gold alongside a full orchestra.

"I guess there's a lot of curiosity about the title 'The Art of Letting Go,'" she says in the black-and-white clip. "People are like, 'What does that mean to you?' And I'm like, 'I just want it to mean what it means to you.'"

Carey hopes the song will provide encouragement for fans going through a difficult time. "Music has saved my life, and there's certain things that I still can't let go of even if I try so hard, I still can't let go of them and I know there's other people in the world that feel the same way," she says. "If there's just one person that I help get through a situation with this song, then that makes my life and that makes me know that I can get through pretty much anything."

Meanwhile, "The Art of Letting Go" will debut on her official Facebook on November 11.

In other news, Mariah says the shoulder injury she suffered over the summer, which isn't fully healed, was just as painful giving birth to her twins Monroe and Moroccan. Speaking to E!, Mariah says, "I feel like I have suffered the toughest experience of my life about several things. One was having twins and anybody who's ever had multiples will know it is one of the most difficult experiences ever...But yeah, breaking my rib was not festive. Dislocating my shoulder was not a good thing, either."

"It was tough...I'm like 95 percent healed, but we're good, we're getting there," she adds.

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Thursday
Oct242013

Pharrell Says Beyonce's Upcoming Album Is "Crazy"

Facebook.com/BeyonceBeyonce has legions of fans waiting for their favorite singer to release her next studio album. Now, Pharrell is shedding light on why the diva is taking her time with the project.

"B’s album is crazy," he tells Billboard, speaking at a launch event for eBay's Follow It. Find It. campaign, which he is curating.  "Let me tell you what it is.  She’s very particular.  She’s a Virgo.  And she’s not going to put it out until it’s ready and feels like it’s right to her.  She’s got a very specific taste."

He adds, "I guess that’s the reason she’s Beyonce.  Her name is recognizable around the globe and that’s huge. That comes from someone that has very particular taste. When you know what you want, you won’t stop until you get it. [Other people are hearing her album] and are like 'Whoa!' And she’s like, 'Yeah, I’m almost done.' And she’s the queen."

There's no confirmed release date for Beyonce's follow-up to 2011's 4.

Thursday
Oct242013

Mariah Carey: "Breaking My Rib Was Not Festive"

Image Courtesy Mariah Carey via TwitterMariah Carey used to say that giving birth to her twins Monroe and Moroccan was the hardest thing she's ever been through, but the shoulder injury she suffered over the summer, which she still isn't completely healed from, is giving that experience a run for its money.

Speaking to E!, Mariah says, "I feel like I have suffered the toughest experience of my life about several things. One was having twins and anybody who's ever had multiples will know it is one of the most difficult experiences ever...But yeah, breaking my rib was not festive. Dislocating my shoulder was not a good thing, either."

"It was tough...I'm like 95 percent healed, but we're good, we're getting there," she adds.

Meanwhile, Mariah is gearing up for the release of her new single "The Art of Letting Go," which will premiere on Facebook on November 11.  To whet fans' appetite, Mariah has posted on Facebook video footage from the recording sessions for the song.

"I guess there's a lot of curiosity about the title 'The Art of Letting Go,'" Mariah says in the black-and-white clip. "Music has saved my life, and there's certain things that I still can't let go of even if I try so hard, I still can't let go of them and I know there's other people in the world that feel the same way."

She adds, ""If there's just one person that I help get through a situation with this song, then that makes my life and that makes me know that I can get through pretty much anything."

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Thursday
Oct242013

Metallica Confirms They’ll Perform in Antarctica in December

Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty ImagesReports have circulated recently suggesting that Metallica will be participating in a sweepstakes sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero whose grand prize is the opportunity to attend a concert from the band in Antarctica.  Now, the guys have issued a statement confirming the contest is legit, and they’ll be headed to the Earth's southernmost continent in early December.

“We are set travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played on until now,” writes the group in a joint statement. “We are partnering with Coca-Cola Zero for one of the most unique and special concert events in our career as we'll be performing near the heliport of the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini on Sunday, December 8, 2013.”

The band adds contest winners will arrive at the show via an Antarctic cruise that sails December 3-10 and will stop at Carlini, where they will get to experience a unique concert. “We'll be playing inside a dome on the base and in another twist, the show will be transmitted to the audience via headphones with no amplification…a real first for us! The show will also be streamed live for our friends in those Latin American countries who cannot join us at the base and filmed to share with everyone at a later date.”

The contest -- which is only open to the Metallica’s Latin American fans in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico -- begins on Monday. In order to enter, you’ll need to tweet a creative message to the Coca-Cola Zero Twitter account, @CocaColaZeroAr, which demonstrates what you would be willing to do to attend the show, along with the hashtag #CocaColaZeroAntarctica.

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Thursday
Oct242013

Diddy Opens Up About His Drug Dealer Father

Facebook.com/DiddyAfter launching his new Revolt TV network, Diddy has announced on Twitter that he's posted a two-minute video to speak about his late father, Melvin Combs, for the first time.

"I've never spoken openly about my father ..but launching @Revolttv moved me to share and let ppl kno the truth," he tweeted.

In the clip, titled "Confessions," the mogul gets candid about his dad, who was shot and killed at 33. "They say you can't miss something you never had, but that's only a little ways right, " Diddy says. "There's definitely been times as I've gotten older that I've missed my father -- his presence -- not being here ... There's things that you would ask your father. There's also things that you would celebrate with him that would make him proud."

Diddy revealed that his father's hustler mentality has helped make him the man he is today. "My father was a hustler. He was a drug dealer and he was a hustler, so I learned early in life that there's only two ways out of that dead-end jail," he shares.

Seeming to hold back tears, he goes on to add, "It made me work even harder ... Sometimes you can't just answer why things happen, but I definitely think the route that I went on -- staying out of the streets and hitting my books and trying to be somebody -- I think he played a role in that."

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