Kip Moore Puts a Live Goat in the Bed of Dierks Bentley's Truck as Payback for Polar Plunge

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore wasn't happy about jumping into a freezing-cold Percy Priest Lake near Nashville earlier this month for his tour boss Dierks Bentley's Polar Plunge. To get back at Dierks, Kip painted Dierks' beloved truck, called Big White, in multiple colors with the name of Kip's new single, "I'm to Blame," written on the side. Kip also loaded a live goat into Dierks' truck bed and filled the cab with foam peanuts. A video of the prank is now posted on YouTube.

Dierks has threatened to vandalize one of Kip's beloved surfboards when they head out on the Sounds of Summer tour together starting June 5 in North Carolina. Newcomers Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith are also on the bill.

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Modest First-Week Sales Expected for Ne-Yo's "Non-Fiction"


This week saw the release of Ne-Yo's Non-Fiction, which is projected to have a modest sales start, based on first-day forecasts.

According to Hits Daily Double, industry insiders estimate that the singer's sixth album will sell approximately 32,000 to 37,000 copies in its first week, which includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales.

The 21-track deluxe edition boasts contributions from ScHoolboy Q, T.I. and Jeezy, plus production from Shae Taylor, Stargate, Key Wayne and Glass John. The set also includes the Juicy J-assisted song "She Knows," and "Time of Our Lives," with Pitbull.

Elsewhere, Charlie Wilson's latest album, Forever Charlie, follows behind with an estimated 22,000 to 25,000 copies for his first week.

The official sales tally will be released next Wednesday.

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Faith No More, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds to Play Canadian Music Week 

Credit: Dustin Rabin Canadian Music Week 2015, a 10-day music festival spread across over 50 of Toronto's venues, will include performances from more than 1,000 artists. Among those 1,000 artists are Faith No More, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Faith No More's appearance will coincide with their recently announced North American tour, which will begin April 15 in Vancouver and concludes May 15 in Philadelphia. The tour will be the band's first trek through North America in five years. Faith No More is expected to release their first new album in 18 years this May.

CMW will be equally special for The Jesus and Mary Chain, as their performance will be the opening date of their tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album Psychocandy.

At 10 days long, CMW 2015 will be the double the length of the 2014 festival, which lasted only five days. The festival began in 1981.

Canadian Music Week 2015 will be held May 1-10 in Toronto.

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Imagine Dragons Playing Pre-Super Bowl Festival Friday 

Credit: Eliot Lee HazelThe Super Bowl means a game between two football teams, sure, but it also means a bevy of pre-Super Bowl music events. One of those is the DirecTV Super Fan Festival, which will be headlined by Imagine Dragons on Friday. The festival takes place at the Pendergast Family Farm, which is across from the University of Phoenix Stadium -- the site of Super Bowl 49.

Joining Imagine Dragons at the festival will be Young the Giant, American Authors and rapper Snoop Dogg.

Imagine Dragons' headlining spot at the DirecTV Super Fan Festival is one of only a handful dates currently scheduled for the band, including an appearance at the BottleRock Festival in Napa, California, plus intimate shows in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Utah, Las Vegas and Atlanta as part of their Destination Dragons promotion with Southwest Airlines.

Fall Out Boy will also be taking part in the Super Bowl festivities, as the band will be playing the Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops alongside pop star Charlie XCX. That show will air on VH1 Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

Super Bowl 49 will take place February 1. Lenny Kravitz will join pop star Katy Perry during the game's halftime show.

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Country Stars React to Their ACM Awards Nominations

Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicReaction from this year's ACM Awards nominees began very quickly after the finalists were announced via Instagram Friday morning.  Here's a roundup of some of the stars had to say:

Garth Brooks -- "Thanks @ACMAwards for the Entertainer Of The Year nomination! This tour is the best EVER!! love, g #ACMawards50."

Kenny Chesney -- "With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever experienced, ‘American Kids’ is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. I knew it celebrates those people who lived life wide-open, colored outside the lines, thought more about life than they get credit for and have fun doing it." 

Miranda Lambert -- "When I looked at the list of ACM nominations this morning the first thing that came to my mind was people. People that believe in dreams and in art. People that play our songs on the radio and that work hard every day to help artists get the music they love to the fans. People who come to the shows and buy the records and sing at the top of their lungs.  People that are willing to leave home for weeks on end so we can get onstage and sing our songs. I'm so thankful to be part of something made up of GOOD people. Thank you all for this amazing life.”

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus -- "So honored and grateful to be nominated!! Thanks to the Academy, and all our Flattheads everywhere!! #acmawards"

The Band Perry -- "We had just landed back in Tennessee early this morning when we found out about our nomination. The recognition by the Academy of Country Music never fails to surprise us and we are grateful to the ACM, our musical peers and most of all to our fans in country music."

Maddie & Tae's Tae Dye -- "We have watched these shows since we were little, and the idea of being in there with Brooks & Dunn and The Judds, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Sugarland...even before Florida Georgia Line...there are so many great duos, and we’re up there with them. It’s crazy.”

Kacey Musgraves -- "The sun is shinin' & I got some ACM love. Thank you!! So happy for my nominated buddies, too. Congrats, y'all! off to the string sesh for the record.."

Brandy Clark -- "I'm so honored by the ACM nominations this morning! Song of the Year for  [writing] "Follow Your Arrow" and a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year! How cool! Congrats to all the other nominees!"

Brothers Osborne -- "Just found out we were nominated for a freaking ACM Award today! Kinda freaking out a little. #ACMnominations."

The ACM trophies will be handed out April 19 on CBS, live from AT&T Stadium in North Texas.

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Shakira and Partner Welcome Second Son, Sasha de la IguanaShakira is a mother for the second time.  The singer confirmed on her website that she and her partner, soccer star Gerard Piqué, have welcomed their second child, a boy.

"We are happy to announce the birth of Sasha Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 29 at 9:54pm, in Barcelona," reads the message on Shakira's website. "The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means 'defender of mankind' and 'warrior.' The hospital confirmed that both mother and child are in excellent health."

Sasha joins big brother Milan, who was born in January of 2013.

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Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Nominees

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Miranda Lambert is the lead nominee for the 50th Annual ACM Awards, which were revealed Friday morning via Instagram.

Lambert scored eight nominations in all, in all of the major categories, including her fourth Entertainer of the Year nomination and her ninth consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.  Dierks Bentley's right on Miranda's heels with seven nods, including Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year, for Riser.

Also notable: Garth Brooks scored an Entertainer of the Year nomination, formally recognizing his return to recording and performing.  However, his most recent studio album, Man Against Machine, was shut out of all major categories.

The trophies will be handed out Sunday, April 19 on CBS. This year's show takes place at AT&T Stadium in Texas.

Fan voting in the Entertainer of the Year category starts Wednesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. ET at and will continue until the third hour of the live ACM Awards broadcast. As for the fan-voted New Artist of the Year category, the polls are now open at through February 10 to determine the final three nominees that category. Another round of New Artist of the Year voting to determine the winner starts on April 8.

Here are the nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Florida Georgia Line

Female Vocalist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Album of the Year
Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church

Song of the Year (Award to Songwriter)
"American Kids," Kenny Chesney
"Automatic," Miranda Lambert
"Drink a Beer," Luke Bryan
"Follow Your Arrow," Kacey Musgraves
"Give Me Back My Hometown," Eric Church
"I Hold On," Dierks Bentley

Single Record of the Year
"American Kids," Kenny Chesney
"Automatic," Miranda Lambert
"Dirt," Florida Georgia Line
"Drunk on a Plane," Dierks Bentley
"I Don't Dance, "Lee Brice

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
The Swon Brothers

Vocal Event of the Year

"Lonely Tonight," Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's," Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
"Somethin' Bad," Miranda Lambert Duet with Carrie Underwood
"The South," The Cadillac Three featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli
"This Is How We Roll," Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan

Video of the Year
"American Kids," Kenny Chesney
"Cop Car," Keith Urban
"Drunk on a Plane," Dierks Bentley
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell
"Somethin' Bad," Miranda Lambert Duet with Carrie Underwood

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"American Idol" Recap: Four Teens Head to Hollywood

FOXAmerican Idol's auditions concluded Thursday night with tryouts in San Francisco. Seven contestants, including four teenagers, advanced to the next round of the competition on Thursday's show, bringing the total number of contestants going to Hollywood to over 200.

Back behind the judges' table were Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.

During the show, host Ryan Seacrest once again gave Idol fans a chance to decide via an online poll if a contestant would advance or be sent home. This week, they voted to send a contestant named Sophia home.

Here are the highlights of Thursday's one-hour episode:

Adanna Duru, 17, kicked things off by declaring that singing was her life. She belted out Lady Gaga’s “You and I.” Jennifer called her the “full package.” Harry enjoyed the performance, but advised her when learning songs to “look at every line and think about what every single lyric means.” Keith noted she hit every great part of her voice. Duru was handed a ticket to Hollywood and a shot in the next round.

Christopher Michael, 26, wasn’t as successful. His performance of an original song was “passionate,” according to Keith, but that was it. He voted “no.” It was another “no” from Harry, who admitted Christopher fired him up, but the music wasn’t there. Jennifer agreed with her fellow judges and added the final “no” that sent Christopher home.

Twenty-year-old Malibu, California, native Hunter Larsen performed Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life," and drew positive responses from the panel. Jennifer thought Hunter was “really interesting,” noting she had a great voice with a “gritty tone to it that makes it really unusual.” Keith liked Hunter immediately, as did Harry. She received three “yeses” from the judges and was on her way to Hollywood.

Fifteen-year-old Portland, Oregon, native Daniel Seavey is a multi-instrumentalist who performed Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah,” on the piano and Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” on the guitar. Jennifer said she sensed Daniel was nervous, but acknowledged he had a good voice. J-Lo said she felt the performance wasn’t complete. Harry agreed that Daniel needed a little more time to mature and voted “no.” Keith echoed Jennifer and Harry’s sentiments, but thought he deserved one more chance and voted “yes.” Lopez, who thought Daniel was “talented and adorable,” was on the fence and had the deciding vote. Her decision was revealed after a commercial break when Daniel was seen running out of the audition room waving a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Rocky Peter, a 27-year-old native of Nigeria who grew up poor and begging for food with his brother, thanked the panel for the chance to audition. He sang an original song called, “Wrong Places.” J-Lo noted she could hear both beauty and pain in his voice. She voted “yes” to let him advance. Keith wasn’t sure Rocky's voice was “compatible” with Idol, but still voted “yes.” Harry said he loved the song as much as Rocky's voice, and also voted to send him to Hollywood.

Jaq Mackenzie is “15-and-a-half-years-old.” After she sang an original song, all three judges were on the fence about sending her on to the next round. Jennifer thought Jaq had the makings of a great artist and sang well in her style, but didn’t know if she was ready to handle all the other styles she’d be required to tackle during the competition. Harry was also pleased with the performance, but wondered if the added pressure she’d face in the next round would help or hurt her. Keith loved her artistry, but agreed the choice was difficult. All three judges ultimately agreed they wanted to see Jaq Mackenzie at least one more time in Hollywood.

Florida native Tyanna Jones, 16, is one of 11 children and no stranger to hard times. Her family struggled to make ends meet and was homeless for a while. Jones blew the judges away with her version of Little Mix’s “Wings.” Jennifer declared the singer was “very talented” and voted “yes.” Harry went even further, calling the teen “extremely talented” and “a special young lady.” He also voted “yes.” Jones even managed to give Keith the answer he was looking for when he asked what parts of her voice needed work and she replied it was her pitch. Keith pointed out that Jones tends to be a little sharp at times and her response was his confirmation that she knew the challenges she faced moving forward. She got a “yes” vote from him and was on her way to Hollywood.

The American Idol Hollywood Rounds begin next Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.

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Backstreet Boys' New Documentary Shows the Guys at Their "Most Vulnerable"

Francesca FoleyThe Backstreet Boys give fans a behind-the-scenes look at their band in a new documentary, out Friday in theaters and on video-on-demand platforms.

Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson were filmed over two years for Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, opening up their personal and professional lives for the cameras. A.J. told ABC News Radio at the movie's Hollywood premiere Thursday night, "You'll learn a lot of stuff, and you'll see us in our most vulnerable, ever."

The band was met at the premiere by screaming fans, which Brian said is still a "good feeling" after two decades as a Backstreet Boy. He explained, "It's good, a blessing to do what we do every day and love it and be passionate about it."

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ACM Award Nominees for Video of the Year Announced

Academy of Country MusicThe nominees in the Video of the Year category for the 50th Annual ACM Awards were announced Thursday night on Entertainment Tonight.

The nominees are "American Kids," by Kenny Chesney; "Cop Car," by Keith Urban; "Drunk on a Plane," by Dierks Bentley; "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," by Glen Campbell; and "Somethin' Bad," by Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood.

The nominees in the other categories will be announced Friday morning on the Academy of Country Music's social media accounts, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Texas on Sunday, April 19 on CBS.

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Katy Perry Says Playing Super Bowl Will Be a "Spiritual Experience" for Her, Reveals She Texted Bruno Mars for Advice 

Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe only religious experience most people have at football games is when they pray that their team will win.  But Katy Perry says the prospect of sharing her music with millions during the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday is so profound, it borders on the spiritual.

At a Thursday press conference, Katy revealed two of the songs she'll be performing -- her hits "Roar" and "Firework" -- and said that singing them for people who may not be familiar with them is a great opportunity.  "I just have heard so many stories along the way of those songs helping people and how they have adopted them as their inspiration," she told reporters. "And I think in some ways, I'll be performing maybe for the first time for some of these people. This might be the first time people see me ever performing, and I get to play these songs. And to me, they're very uplifting. So I just feel like in some ways it's a spiritual experience for me, a little bit."

In planning her Super Bowl show, Katy took inspiration from two huge female stars who've performed during halftime over the past few years.

"When I look back at the different performers that I admire -- like Beyonce, of course, who brings that incredible strength and sass and flips her hair like nobody else can, and Madonna, who brought some incredible graphic design and choreography...I kind of wanted to do a combination of both," she told reporters.  "But I think what I bring is just some light-heartedness."

Katy noted that she didn't have to kill herself to get in shape for her big performance on Sunday because the show is coming right in the middle of her Prismatic world tour, which she's already more than 100 shows deep into.  "I think this opportunity is coming at such an incredible time for me because I'm already in a routine of, like, prepping every day and being show-ready," she told reporters.

However, she points out that her halftime show isn't just a retread of her concert: it's something completely new.

"I made a whole different show for this particular halftime show. So we've spent many a months on curating such a wonderful show," she explained.

Katy tells Billboard that she prepared for her performance by seeking advice from last year's halftime performer: Bruno Mars.  She shared with the publication a text that she sent to Bruno.  It reads: "Hello, exclusive Super Bowl club member! I was wondering if you are in L.A. at all this month and would have tea with a sister who is about to throw up with nervousness re: [football emoji]."

The text continued, "I've heard about your process through our managers, but am wondering if you had more insight on important things like, spray tan the night before or three nights before? [Joke], or maybe not!"  No word on what he replied.

Katy will take the Super Bowl stage Sunday night on NBC, along with Lenny Kravitz and a surprise female performer, who she described as a "throwback."

After her Super Bowl performance, Katy will resume her Prismatic World Tour with a series of concerts in Europe, beginning mid-February. She's also just announced new dates for Asia, including a stop in Tokyo on April 25 and 26. Check out for her complete itinerary.

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Idina Menzel Doesn't Mind You Betting on Her Super Bowl Anthem Performance 

Rob Carr/Getty ImagesIdina Menzel knows that in addition to betting on who wins Sunday's Super Bowl, people are also placing fun bets -- so-called "prop bets" -- on things like how long it'll take her to sing the national anthem or if she'll forget the words.  And she's fine with that -- in fact, she's willing to help folks win their bets if she possibly can.

"Oh, I love it. If they’re talking about me at the Super Bowl, I like it!" Idina tells ABC News Radio when asked about how she feels about prop bets. "I can’t help them though because I haven’t timed it yet!  But I’ve been promising some people, if they let me know, I can maybe, like, glance up at the clock and then hold the vibrato a little longer and try to work it out!"

While Idina has performed the national anthem before, this is her first time doing it at the Super Bowl, so, is she nervous?  The "Let It Go" singer says yes, but that's normal.  "I get nervous whenever I perform," she tells ABC News Radio. "I think it’s just something, as a live performer, you get used to, and you try to rein it in and learn how to work with it, and that’s just what we do."

But that doesn't mean that Idina doesn't realize the enormity of taking on a role that everyone from Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce has taken on over the years.  She says one Super Bowl anthem performance made a particular impression on her.

"Ever since I saw Whitney Houston do it at the Super Bowl, I would emulate her as a singer, and she was a huge idol of mine," Idina recalls. "And...y'know, everyone under the sun has done the song...I can’t do it better than she did it. So I've just got to bring my own thing to it. I’m just trying to you know, connect with people."

In addition to connecting, Idina says she really is going to make an effort to remember the meaning of the national anthem and what it represents.

"You start to forget that kind of stuff when you get lost in this kind of moment and swept away," she tells ABC News Radio.  "And it’s really a beautiful song, amazing melody. And so, I’m gonna kind of sing it for our troops and people like that overseas and remember what it’s really about."

Idina's anthem, of course, will serve as a warm-up for the main course, entertainment-wise, on Sunday: Katy Perry's halftime show.  So what would she say to Katy Perry about her performance?  Turns out Idina -- who's currently single -- is a bit more interested in Katy's special guest than Katy herself.

"I’d say, 'How’s it feel to stand on stage with Lenny Kravitz?' is what I would say!" laughs Idina. 

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockZac Brown Band performs on PBS's Live from the Artists Den Friday. Check local listings for air time.

Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts will once again co-host the Waiting for Wishes Celebrity Waiters Dinner at The Palm in Nashville on Tuesday, April 7. Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard will join Jay as celebrity waiters for the event. Proceeds go to The Kevin Carter Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation Middle Tennessee.

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Billy Joel Announces New Concert Dates, Including 24th Show of Madison Square Garden Residency

Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel has announced a bunch of new concert dates for 2015.

The Piano Man will make his return to Fenway Park in Boston on July 16, becoming the first artist to perform at the ballpark in two consecutive years.  In addition, on July 25, Joel will play at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  It'll be his first show in the city in nearly four decades.

Billy also has a slew of new shows lined up through the fall.  On September 16, he'll be playing at the Pepsi Center in Denver; on November 6, he'll perform at the Toyota Center in Houston; and on December 5, he'll do a show at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Additionally, on December 17, Joel will be playing the record-breaking 24th show of his ongoing residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Tickets for all these new dates go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 6, at 10 a.m. local time.

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Luke Bryan Makes His Super Bowl Picks, Looks Forward to Today's ACM Nominations

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has a big weekend planned starting with Friday morning's ACM Awards nominations and ending with a Super Bowl viewing party Sunday night.

Luke hopes to see his name as a finalist in multiple ACM categories, including Entertainer of the Year. He took that top prize in 2013.

Luke says of the big announcement, "I’ll be biting my nails and see what happens, and it’s an amazing night and an amazing day to hear what you’re nominated for, and you never know. You never know what’s gonna get in and what’s not. I’m truly just honored to be in the game."

The ACM Awards nominations will be announced Friday morning starting at 8:30 a.m. ET on the ACM's social media accounts. Luke and co-host Blake Shelton will emcee the show live from AT&T Stadium in Texas Sunday, April 19 on CBS.

As for the Super Bowl, Luke is mostly neutral on who he'd like to win the game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. When forced to make a decision, Luke admits he's leaning towards the Patriots just became he hails from the Eastern part of the country.

Says Luke, "Seattle's way out there, but I love you, Seattle, so don't take it personally."

Luke is mainly concerned with the snacks he'll get to eat while watching the game.

"Definitely Super Bowl is like the queso, the Frito-Lay Scoops with the Ro-Tel situation," Luke says of his snack choices. "Just stuff that you can just sit there and have lots of sodium. It’s like Thanksgiving all over again."

Luke will headline a few NFL stadiums this summer on his Kick the Dust Up tour. Go to to see where he's playing next.

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Usher Confirmed for Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Super Bowl Pre-Game Party 

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Usher has been tapped for some pre-game festivities during Super Bowl weekend.

The singer is scheduled to host the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Super Bowl pre-game party on Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona, the publication has announced.

Usher will emcee the star-studded party, which will include celebrities like John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen, while Jermaine Dupri serves as the house DJ.

The party will be held inside the Southwest Jet Center in Scottsdale on Saturday, before the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks face off at University of Phoenix Stadium the following day.

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Ahead of Pre-Super Bowl Performance, Fall Out Boy Talks "Nerdy Jocks" and Overcoming Defeat 

Credit: Pamela LittkyThanks to their hit "Centuries," Fall Out Boy has become the go-to band for sporting events -- a far cry from their days as the nerdy, "emo" band. "Centuries" has been used as the soundtrack for ESPN's coverage of the college football playoffs, and after performing at last week's NHL All-Star Game, the band will be headlining the VH1 + Papa John's Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops, taking place on Friday.

Having "Centuries" playing on ESPN helped facilitate that shift, but as bassist Pete Wentz tells ABC News Radio, it's not so much that Fall Out Boy has changed, but rather the culture has.

"There was like a big, bitter divide I feel like when we were in high school, and maybe like 10 or 15 years ago, that there was the jocks and there was the nerds," Wentz says. "But now you meet nerdy jocks all the time, and vice versa."

FOB will be bringing "Centuries" with them when they perform at the Super Bowl Blitz, but one thing that will be missing from the band's Super Bowl weekend will be drummer Andy Hurley's beloved Green Bay Packers, who suffered a devastating loss to the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game.

"It was tough," Hurley says of the defeat. "I figured the only thing I can do is be positive about it and learn the lesson that was there to learn."

Green Bay was leading Seattle 19-7 with less than 11 minutes left in the game before losing to the Seahawks 28-22 in overtime.

"You got to keep playing until the end, one thing they didn't do," Hurley says of the Packers. "Next season I hope that it lights a fire under their a** to finish each game." 

That "play to the end" philosophy applies to Fall Out Boy's career, too -- after taking an extended hiatus, they reunited to give new life to the band and continue what they had started. The result has been two straight number one albums: 2013's Save Rock and Roll and their most recent record, American Beauty/American Psycho. Additionally, "Centuries" gave the band their first top-10 appearance on Billboard's Hot 100 since 2007.

The Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops will air tonight at 9 p.m. ET on VH1.

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Songwriter and Poet Rod McKuen Dead at 81

GAB Archive/RedfernsSongwriter and poet Rod McKuen died Thursday at the age of 81.

McKuen died at a Beverly Hills rehab center of respiratory arrest after suffering from pneumonia, his friend and producer Jim Pierson told the Los Angeles Times.

McKuen was nominated for Oscars for "Jean," from the movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and for his musical contribution to the animated film A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

Terry Jacks scored a hit in 1974 with McKuen's "Seasons in the Sun," an English-language adaptation of "Le Moribond" by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.

McKuen also worked with artists such as Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra, the latter of whom recorded an album of McKuen's songs and poems in 1969 titled A Man Alone, featuring the song “Love’s Been Good to Me.”

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Suge Knight Arrested for Murder in Fatal Hit-and-Run

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Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested for murder in the hit-and-run death of a man in Compton, California Thursday night.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says Knight was booked at around 3:00 a.m. PT and is being held at the West Hollywood station on $2 million bail.

The Death Row Records founder may have been involved in an altercation leading leading to the incident.  Initial reports that the incident took place on set of a promotional shoot for the biopic Straight out of Compton, about the group NWA, have been questioned by later reports.

According to his attorney, James Blatt, Knight claims he was attacked and while driving away from his attackers, unknowingly struck his friend with his vehicle, killing him. Another man was injured in the incident. Knight remained at large for a number of hours after the incident.

"Suge Knight was assaulted by four individuals while he was in his car. They charged his car. He was driving the vehicle slowly as he was going to a meeting," Blatt said.  "They beat him, grabbed him, threatened to kill him."

Although Blatt admits that Knight left the scene, he said Knight was unaware that anyone had been injured. "He's very heartbroken about it," the attorney said. "It's something that he did not know until after the incident because he didn't know that he ever struck any individual when he left the scene and he has been devastated by it."

But, he claims, Knight did what anyone would do under the circumstances. "He had a reasonable belief at that time that his life was in danger, " Blatt said. "He had been shot three months before six times and based upon that he did what any other person would do. He made his escape."

KABC-TV reports that Knight arrived at the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's West Hollywood station early Friday morning, where homicide detectives interviewed him.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant John Corina said earlier Friday that they weren't calling Knight a suspect, but were "following up on what witnesses are telling us and we want to talk to him."

Corina says witnesses at the scene said the incident "looked like it was an intentional act," and as a result, police are "handling it as a homicide."

Robert Smith says he witnessed the deadly incident. “I turned to look out, and I seen Suge Knight turn around and go to his car. Backed his car up and then put it in drive and then he hit Terry Carter. He ran him over twice.”

Knight was already free on $500,000 bail after being accused last fall of stealing a paparazzo's camera.

In August, Knight was wounded in a shooting at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party in Los Angeles.

Knight was also shot at a pre-VMAs party hosted by Kanye West in 2005.

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Rick Ross Talks About His Love Life with "GQ"

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Rick Ross gets candid in the GQ’s February “Legacy Project” issue, in which he discuses his personal life.

The rapper, who recently shed nearly 90 pounds, is asked by the magazine if he's ever been in love. "I hope I have. I hope," Rozay tells the publication. "You know, I've never been married, so I'm just keeping it real. Of course, you have feelings. Of course, you've met women that you've had a lot of feelings for. You may have loved them, you never know!"

While he's unsure about the idea of loving someone, the rapper is certain that this year is going to be the biggest of his rap career. "Maybach Music Group will continue to run the rap game," he says of 2015. "I mean, that's easy. What else? The Bawse, Ricky Rozay, will most definitely gonna bring new excitement and business to the table, and he continues. It's a lot of beautiful things, and I'm just gonna keep it exciting."

The full interview is available online now.

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