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Monday
Jan062014

Jason Aldean Spicing Things Up for His Fans with 2014 Tour

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean sees a lot of the same fans in the crowd at his concerts year after year, so he makes sure to change things up for them with each new tour. He'll launch another run of shows January 16 in Iowa, and he's got quite a few tricks up his sleeve.

Jason explains, "For us, it's about going in, it's building a new stage and finding different ways to kind of change it up where when people come out, they feel like they're not getting the same show."

Jason has also been working on some new arrangements of his biggest hits for the new tour in the past few weeks.

He adds, "Before we actually go on tour, me and the guys in the band rehearse and just kinda find new ways to spice it up a little bit."

Jason Aldean is taking Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr on the road with him this year. Before his own tour gets underway, Jason opens two shows for George Strait starting January 9 in Louisiana.

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Monday
Jan062014

fun.‘s Jack Antonoff Says Bridge School Benefit Was Highlight of 2013; Talks Next Album

ABC NewsFor fun., 2013 was filled with highlights: they won two Grammys in February, for example. But the band's Jack Antonoff says his personal highlight of the past 12 months was playing the 27th edition of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concert this past October.

“It was an amazing benefit in Northern California, and that was among the things that I’d really dreamed about doing, that was right there at the top,” he tells ABC News Radio. “To share the stage with the people that inspired me to make music in the first place was a very surreal experience.”

Looking to the future, Antonoff isn’t quite sure when fun. will be making their next album, noting the guys will put out their follow-up to 2012’s Some Nights only when they feel the time is right.

“We’re taking a second…I think that we’ve never done anything outside of the pressure that we put on ourselves, and…just because our last album was more successful than the one before,” he explains. “I think the one thing that we’re positive about is not to change the process, not to...mess with anything artistic.”

Antonoff adds that once the guys have all the songs written for the next album, you can expect they’ll make quick work of laying them down in the studio. “We work very quickly and we made Some Nights in about a month,” he says. “It just kind of hit us and we went and made it and that’ll be the story for this one and can’t really say too much about it.”

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Sunday
Jan052014

Tom Morello Says Working with Bruce Springsteen on "High Hopes" Album Was a "Tremendous Honor"

Lloyd Bishop/NBCBruce Springsteen's upcoming 18th studio effort, High Hopes, features guitarist Tom Morello of the alternative-rock act Rage Against the Machine on a total of eight tracks.  Morello says he was thrilled to be able to contribute his guitar talents to so many songs on the release, as well as getting the chance to share vocals with the Boss.

"I played on [Springsteen's 2012 album] Wrecking Ball, but I'm playing a lot and singing on this one…duetting too," he tells Rolling Stone.  "I am a big Bruce Springsteen fan.  It's a tremendous honor to be able to collaborate in that way and to be asked to keep lending my guitar to songs is something I would have never dared to dream."

Morello, who also sat in for The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt during Springsteen's Australian tour last March, says the original plan was for him to play on only one new song on High Hopes, but then the Boss kept inviting him back for more.  "Before the tour, I was sent the song 'American Skin (41 Shots)' to play guitar on," he explains.  "I did that in my home studio and Bruce seemed to like that very much.  Then they sent me a couple more songs to have a go at or to solo on."

You'll be able to check out Morello's work on High Hopes soon at CBS.com/Springsteen, where the entire album will be streaming from 10 p.m. ET tonight through January 13 at 7 p.m. ET.  In addition, three songs from High Hopes that feature Morello -- the title track, "Hunter of Invisible Game" and "The Ghost of Tom Joad" -- will be featured in the January 12 installment of CBS' The Good Wife.

High Hopes hits stores on January 14.

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Sunday
Jan052014

Katherine Jackson Refunds Money Donated for Michael Jackson Documentary

Michael Hickey/WireImageMichael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, has apparently stopped the online funding for a documentary about her son and is issuing refunds.

According to the New York Daily News, the producer of Remembering Michael, Kirk Schenck, says, “Mrs. Jackson’s motive for this project is to present a side of Michael Jackson no one has ever seen. She put a stop to the crowdsourcing financing plan the moment she saw Michael’s fans felt it was misguided.” The campaign on Fundanything.com was reportedly halted on December 20.

A representative for the film says more than 60 refunds have been issued because Mrs. Jackson “felt this financing route sent the wrong message to fans,” according to the Daily News.  Plans for the film will continue, however, with alternative financing.

Mrs. Jackson announced the project December 16 on ABC’s Good Morning America, saying it would feature rare interviews with Michael’s three children -- Blanket, Prince, and Paris. The goal then was to raise $3.2 million, with some of the interviews with Michael's children available for viewing on the Fund Anything website as an enticement to donate.

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Sunday
Jan052014

Annual Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration to Kick Off This Wednesday in Memphis

Elvis.comThis year's edition of the annual series of events celebrating the late Elvis Presley's birthday will get under way in Memphis this Wednesday, January 8, the day the King of Rock 'n' Roll what would have turned 79.  The festivities will kick off on the front lawn of the rock legend's Graceland mansion with the Elvis Presley Day Ceremony, which will include the cutting of a birthday cake and an official proclamation.

Fans who can't make it to Memphis can watch the ceremony live online starting at 10:15 a.m. ET via Elvis Presley's Graceland LiveStream.

The Graceland event also will mark the beginning of a yearlong celebration of what the Presley estate has dubbed the 60th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll.  Throughout 2014, a variety of events and activities will pay homage to the 60th anniversary of the recording of Elvis' first official single, "That's All Right," which took place on July 5, 1954 at Memphis' famed Sun Studio.

Another event being held in conjunction with Elvis' birthday celebration is a Presley-themed NBA game between the hometown Memphis Grizzlies and the Phoenix Suns, which will take place Friday, January 10, at FedExForum.  The Grizzlies were wear blue suede basketball shoes in honor of the King, while Presley's music, film clips and Elvis-themed live performances will be showcased throughout the evening.

The birthday festivities will wind down on Saturday, January 11, with a special symphonic concert highlighted by Presley's songs.  The show, dubbed the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Presents Elvis Birthday Pops -- 60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll, will be held at the city's Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

To check out a full list of Presley birthday events, visit Elvis.com.

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Sunday
Jan052014

Sara Bareilles Profiled on This Weekend's "Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood"

CBS NewsSara Bareilles is having a moment: she's nominated for several Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and will perform on the People's Choice Awards on January 8.  This Sunday morning, she's being profiled on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

During the interview, Sara talks about her song "Brave," which was originally inspired by her gay friend's struggle with coming out, but which has since become an anthem for anyone who's facing a challenge. "I just felt like I was watching the song take flight and take on a life of its own,” Bareilles says on the show. "And it was becoming something bigger than it had even intended to be. And that’s always...oh my gosh, what amazing hope for something you create."

The singer/songwriter also talks about the momentary controversy over the fact that Katy Perry's hit "Roar," which was released months after "Brave," bore more than a passing resemblance to Sara's song.  While Sara agrees that the songs "sound similar," she notes that she and Katy are friends, and says that ultimately, the controversy's been "really good for my song," adding, "So thank you, Katy Perry, for that."

You can watch Sara's interview Sunday morning at 9 a.m. ET on CBS.

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Sunday
Jan052014

Kelly Clarkson Edges Out "Duck Dynasty" Clan for 2013's Best-Selling Christmas Album

RCA RecordsLeave it to Kelly Clarkson: she decides to release her first-ever Christmas album, and it makes history.

According to Yahoo! Chart Watch, Kelly's holiday collection, Wrapped in Red, is now officially the year's best-selling Christmas collection, narrowly edging out Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, from the Duck Dynasty clan.  As such, this marks the first time in the Soundscan era -- that's since 1991, when Nielsen Soundscan started tracking digital sales -- that an American female artist has had the year's top Christmas album.

Kelly's album sold 763,000 copies, while the Robertsons' disc managed 745,000 copies. Both albums featured appearances from country stars, too. Reba, Trisha Yearwood and Ronnie Dunn contributed vocals to Kelly's project, while Duck the Halls included appearances from Luke Bryan, George Strait, Josh Turner and Alison Krauss.

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Sunday
Jan052014

Imagine Dragons, AWOLNATION Singles Continue Successful Run on "Billboard" Hot 100

ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons' “Radioactive” and AWOLNATION’s “Sail” are continuing to move up on the top-10 list of the longest-charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Radioactive” has now spent a total of 70 weeks on the chart so far, bumping country star LeAnn Rimes’ single "How Do I Live" out of the #2 spot, which both bands shared on the tally last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Sail” moves up to the #3 spot this week, and is now tied with "How Do I Live" for spending 69 weeks on the Hot 100.

The song that's spent the most time on the Hot 100 is pop star Jason Mraz's single "I'm Yours," which tops the list at 76 weeks.

The Billboard Hot 100 chart debuted in 1958.

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Saturday
Jan042014

Mystery Revealed Behind "Bob Dylan Hair" That Black Keys Singer's Ex-Wife Got in Divorce Settlement

Columbia Records; Danny ClinchBack in August, TMZ reported that the ex-wife of Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach received an interesting item listed as "Bob Dylan Hair" as part of the couple's divorce settlement.  While the story led people to believe that the singer/guitarist owned a lock of the legendary folk-rocker's hair, it turns out that the item in question isn't quite so personal.

TMZ recently asked Auerbach about the mysterious piece of memorabilia, and found out that "Bob Dylan Hair" was actually a reference to a poster created by American graphic designer Milton Glaser that was included in the packaging for the 1967 Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits compilation.  The poster features a silhouette of Dylan, with his curly hair drawn with a variety of colors.

There was another interesting twist to the story: Auerbach says one of Dylan's sons read about the story when it broke, and has since texted The Black Keys star to let him know that he probably could get some of his dad's real hair for Auerbach if he ever wanted to own some.

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Saturday
Jan042014

Report: Katy Perry Being Courted for Vegas Residency

ABC/Richard HarbaughNow that Britney Spears has launched her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, executives at Caesars Entertainment, which owns the property, reportedly have their eye on another pop superstar: Katy Perry.

Robin Leach of The Las Vegas Sun reports that when Katy performed a private show for high rollers on New Year's Eve, she listened to "serious overtures" from Caesars executives about her doing what's called a "mini-residency."  It would work like this: when Britney is on a break from the 100 dates she's agreed to do over the next two years, Katy would take over the Axis theater at Planet Hollywood and perform there.

"We would love it if we could welcome Katy to the new Planet Hollywood theater,” a Caesars exec told Leach.  Another added that a mini-residency from Katy “would be another big hit at Planet Hollywood if it can be worked out before or around her upcoming global tour."

"Katy impressed all of us with her personality and professionalism. She loved being part of our Caesars family for the New Year. Hopefully it can continue,” said the executive.

Katy's world tour starts in May in Ireland.  Britney's first break comes at the end of February; she doesn't resume her show until April 25.  So if Katy feels like warming up for her tour in Vegas during the month of March, this just might be the ticket.

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Saturday
Jan042014

Rihanna Sets Chart History with Eminem’s “The Monster”

ABC/Richard HarbaughRihanna is now number three on the list of most weeks at number one on the Billboard 100 chart with 51 weeks thanks to her appearance on Eminem’s “The Monster” which remains at the top of the chart for the fourth week.  The record marks her thirteenth appearance on a number one song.  With the milestone she passes Boyz II Men who held the number one for 50 weeks in the aggregate.  Mariah Carey is the queen of the chart with 79 weeks at number one followed by the Beatles with 59 weeks.

“The Monster” also remains at the top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the ninth week thanks to its best sales week yet with 433,000 downloads. That is a 123 percent increase from the previous week for total sales of 2.2 million.

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Saturday
Jan042014

Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach Reveals Mystery Behind Bob Dylan Hair His Ex-Wife Got in Divorce Settlement

Danny ClinchBack in August, Dan Auerbach’s ex-wife, Stephanie Gonis, received five million dollars, a 2012 Toyota Highlander, one of the family homes and an asset listed as “Bob Dylan Hair" in the couple’s divorce settlement. While the story led people to believe The Black Keys guitarist owned a lock of the legendary rocker’s hair, it turns out that the item isn’t quite so personal.

TMZ recently asked Auerbach about the mysterious item, and found out that “Bob Dylan Hair" was actually a reference to a poster created by American graphic designer Milton Glaser, which was included in the packaging for Dylan’s 1967 album Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits. The poster features a silhouette of Dylan, with his curly hair drawn with a variety of colors.

There was another interesting twist: Auerbach says that one of Dylan’s sons read about the story when it broke, and has since texted the guitarist to let him know he would provide some of Dylan’s real hair if Auerbach ever wanted to own some.

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Saturday
Jan042014

Eli Young Band Performing at Super Bowl-Weekend Event in the Dominican Republic

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band has really big plans to spend Super Bowl weekend in the Dominican Republic, and they want you to join the party. The group is set to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana on February 2 as part of the resort's Live Country Experience package. In addition to the Eli Young Band concert, the package also includes pool parties, DJ sets and a big a Super Bowl viewing part.

Eli Young Band's Mike Eli says, "Coming from Texas, great music and football are in our blood! It's going to be a crazy weekend with a lot of passionate fans...we can't wait for the 'tropical tailgate' at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Punta Cana."

For more information, go to LiveCountryExperience.com.

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Saturday
Jan042014

Lorde Recalls "Beautiful Moment" Meeting David Bowie

Monty Brinton/CBSLorde gained a lot fans in 2013 with her breakout single, “Royals,” but the singer says she’s happiest about learning that David Bowie loved her music. Lorde says that she got to meet the Thin White Duke recently, and it was encounter she'll never forget.

"To have someone like that tell you that listening to you felt like listening to tomorrow,” she tells Rookie magazine. “It was super cute, though -- for some reason, we were holding hands and just staring into each other's eyes and talking, and I was like, 'This is David Bowie's hand, what am I doing?' It was insane. A beautiful moment."

In addition to admiring Bowie, Lorde notes she’s a big fan of Phoenix and praises their unique stage show. “Their live show is perfectly simple and easy to understand and they have confetti cannons and all that, but it’s inspiring to me in ways that I don’t even fully understand,” she explains. “It’s one of those shows where you just have waves of stuff wash over you -- you experience the sound and they use backgrounds and lights to put you in this visual world, and then about two-thirds of the way through, this huge, amazing mountain comes up behind them and you hear the crowd [gasp].”

Lorde will soon be hitting the road to begin her North American headlining tour. That trek kicks off on March 3 at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, TX. Visit Lorde.co.nz to view the full itinerary.

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Friday
Jan032014

Ke$ha Checks Into Rehab for Eating Disorder

Yu Tsai/RCA RecordsKe$ha is starting the New Year on an unexpected note: she's entered rehab to treat an eating disorder.

In a statement provided to ABC News Radio, the singer says, "I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I've found it hard to practice. I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder...to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am."

Sources tell TMZ that Ke$ha is at Timberline Knolls near Chicago, where Demi Lovato also received treatment.  The nature of her disorder is unclear.

Despite her party-girl reputation, Ke$ha has been a proponent of a healthy lifestyle, telling SELF magazine last year that her fitness routine includes running, rock climbing, biking, swimming, yoga and circuit training, and that "Eighty percent of the time, I watch my portions and eat veggies and lean protein."  She added, "I...want to look good when I'm nearly naked onstage in front of thousands of people...I don't have the best body in the world, but I choose to celebrate it."

The singer is currently riding high on the chart with her latest hit, "Timber," a collaboration with rapper Pitbull. The two artists toured together in 2013.  Just days ago, she released a raunchy new video for her song "Dirty Love," in which she strips, dances provocatively, and is sprayed with champagne and glitter.

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Friday
Jan032014

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers Dead at 74 

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicPhil Everly, one-half of the legendary singing duo The Everly Brothers, died Friday in Burbank, California, his wife tells the Los Angeles Times.  He was 74.

Patti Everly told the paper that Phil died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, caused by a lifetime of smoking.  "We are absolutely heartbroken," she added.  "He fought long and hard."

Together with his brother Don, Phil scored a string of hits in the late '50s and early '60s, including such classics as "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bye Bye Love," "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Cathy's Clown" and "Bird Dog."  The brothers' harmony sound influenced generations of musicians, including The Beach Boys and the Beatles, and they were among the very first acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Paul McCartney name-checked the Everly Brothers in his 1976 smash hit "Let 'Em In," mentioning "Phil and Don" in the lyrics.  Simon & Garfunkel, who cited the Everlys as one of their main influences, scored their final Top 40 hit as a duo with a live cover version of "Wake Up Little Susie" in 1981. Such was the duo's influence that just this past year, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones -- two musicians who couldn't be more different -- teamed up to record an entire album of Everly Brothers cover songs, called Foreverly.

The Everly Brothers had an acrimonious breakup in 1973 and reportedly didn't speak to one another for a decade.  But in 1983, they reunited, and continued to record with each other and with other musicians in a wide variety of genres.

The Everly Brothers hold the record for the most Top 100 singles by any music duo.  In 1997, they received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  They have also been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

In a statement, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow praised the Everly Brothers' "superb and flawless harmonies," and added, "Their profound impact on pop and rock music is still heard today, and will continue to live on in future generations. Phil Everly was a groundbreaking artist and he leaves an indelible and timeless mark on music and our industry."

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Friday
Jan032014

Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake to Attend People's Choice Awards (Sadly, Not Together) 

L. Cohen/WireImageBritney Spears recently said in an interview that she finds the music her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake is making these days to be "inspiring."   Well, she may get a chance to tell him that in person, since both Britney and JT are scheduled to attend the People's Choice Awards, which take place this Wednesday night, January 8, in L.A.

Britney and Justin -- who of course will be attending separately -- both have multiple nominations for the People's Choice Awards this year, and in one category, Favorite Pop Artist, they're even up against one another, along with Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato and Katy Perry.

When Britney and Justin arrive at the event, perhaps they can greet their fellow '90s teen pop refugee, Christina Aguilera, who also will be among the attendees, along with Drew Barrymore, Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy and many other big names. 

Sara Bareilles, OneRepublic and country star Brad Paisley will all perform at the first awards show of the year, which will air on CBS at 9 p.m. ET.'

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Friday
Jan032014

Judge Rules 50 Cent Can Be Sued for Posting Sex Tape

Facebook.com/50centA  judge in New York has ruled that 50 Cent can be sued for posting a sex tape featuring the former girlfriend of Rick Ross.

According to the New York Post,  New York State Supreme Court Judge Paul Wooten ruled that there was enough evidence to allow a lawsuit against the rapper to proceed.  The suit was brought in 2010 by Lastonia Leviston after the rapper allegedly posted a sex tape featuring the woman his website.  Wooten wrote in his decision that her diary “reveals that Leviston entertained suicidal ideation as a result of the release of the video tape, and that she was unable to function normally in her daily life.”

50 Cent allegedly bought the homemade video from Leviston’s former boyfriend before posting it to his own website in 2009, the Post reports. The video went viral and received more four million views.  The paper reports that although 50 Cent blurred out Leviston’s lover’s face in the video, he left hers recognizable and edited his alter ego ‘Pimpin’ Curly’ into it while referring to Leviston as a "call girl."  Court papers cited by the Post reveal that 50 Cent said his “sole motive [for releasing the video] was to respond to Ross’s ‘disrespecting’ him.”

Leviston filed suit against the rapper in 2010, denying she was a prostitute and seeking unspecified damages.

50 Cent’s lawyer argued that Leviston lied about the incident causing her depression, the paper reports.  But the judge decided there was enough evidence to allow a jury to hear her claim of mental suffering.

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Friday
Jan032014

Last in Line, Featuring Members of Dio & Def Leppard, to Record New Music This Year

LastInLineRocks.comLast in Line, the new band featuring several ex-members of Dio, including Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, is planning on creating some new music in 2014.  Campbell says the group -- which also features fellow Dio alumni Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell -- will soon be hitting the studio to record a number of new tracks.

"Happy new year to all," Vivian writes in a note on the band's Facebook page.  "We're excited about playing more shows in 2014, but even more so, we're looking forward to writing and recording some new music, too.  What, you didn't know that?"

Campbell apparently will have much of the year to work on the new cuts with Last in Line before he has to reunite with Def Leppard.  Guitarist Phil Collen recently told Billboard that Def Leppard will be scheduling a "Viva Pyromania [residency] at some point at the end of [2014]" in Las Vegas, meaning the group will be performing its entire classic 1983 album, Pyromania, at the upcoming concerts.

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Friday
Jan032014

Katherine Jackson Refunds Money Donated for Michael Jackson Documentary

Michael Hickey/WireImageMichael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, has apparently stopped the online funding for a documentary about her son and is issuing refunds.

According to the New York Daily News, the producer of Remembering Michael, Kirk Schenck, says, "Mrs. Jackson's motive for this project is to present a side of Michael Jackson no one has ever seen.  She put a stop to the crowdsourcing financing plan the moment she saw Michael's fans felt it was misguided."  The campaign on FundAnything.com was reportedly halted on December 20.

A representative for the film says more than 60 refunds have been issued because Mrs. Jackson "felt this financing route sent the wrong message to fans," according to the Daily News.  Plans for the film will continue, however, with alternative financing.

Mrs. Jackson announced the project December 16 on ABC's Good Morning America, saying it would feature rare interviews with Michael's three children -- Blanket, Prince and Paris.  The goal then was to raise $3.2 million, with some of the interviews with the late King of Pop's kids available for viewing on the Fund Anything website as an enticement to donate.

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