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Tuesday
Oct212014

Beatles, Neil Young, Metallica Part of Record Store Day "Black Friday" Vinyl Release Lineup

RecordStoreDay.comThe full lineup of releases for Record Store Day's 2014 "Black Friday" event has been announced, and lovers of vinyl and classic rock will have quite a list from which to choose.  Among the newly-revealed discs that will be available are releases from The Beatles, Neil Young, Genesis, The Grateful Dead, Metallica, and The Ramones.

The Beatles' offering will be a replica of their 1964 U.K. EP Long Tall Sally, a seven-inch disc with mono sound featuring the Little Richard-penned title track and three other tunes.

Young will issue a limited-edition box set called Official Release Series Discs 5-8 that gathers together 180-gram vinyl versions of four of his early albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach, and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma.  The collection originally had been slated for release as part of last April's Record Store Day initiative, but was postponed.

Genesis will release a vinyl version of their 1969 debut album, From Genesis to Revelation, which hasn't been available in the format since 1974.

The Grateful Dead's Record Store Day contribution will be a two-LP live album capturing performances from the second set of a show the band played in Houston on November 18, 1972.  Among the songs on the disc are "Bertha," "Jack Straw," "Deal," "Sugar Magnolia," and a marathon 25-minute rendition of "Playing in the Band."

Metallica will release the 12-inch "Lords of Summer" single, featuring a studio and live version of the new song's "first pass."

The Ramones' Record Store Day release is a disc named Morrissey Curates The Ramones.  As the title suggests, the album is a compilation featuring songs by the punk pioneers chosen personally by the former Smiths frontman.

Other exclusive vinyl releases that will be available in conjunction with the 2014 Record Store Day "Black Friday" event include discs from Bon Jovi, The Doors, Chrissie Hynde, Iron Butterfly, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Judas Priest, Ronnie James Dio, and The Velvet Underground.  You can view the entire release lineup at RecordStoreDay.com.

The Record Store Day "Black Friday" celebration will be held on November 28 in independent record stores throughout the U.S.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Josh Groban's New Girlfriend Explains How They Met

Credit: Olaf HeineNow that 2 Broke Girls star Kat Dennings and boyfriend Josh Groban are public with their romance, the actress is sharing how the two met. Apparently, Kat has her co-star, Beth Behrs, to thank for her newfound happiness.

"She's always talked about how great he is and they've been friends for years," Kat explained on Tuesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "And she thought we were both, you know, nerds. So, there, she was right." 

Before Beth hooked her up with Josh, Kat said she had never met the singer but often exchanged tweets with him. "He's very witty on the Twitter and I saw his little tweets sometimes and sometimes we would like [tweet each other,]" she explained.

Kat previously dated actor Nick Zano, while Josh previously dated Mad Men star January Jones.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Don't Hate Taylor Swift Because She Has Security Guards

ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift never goes anywhere without her security guards these days, but it's not because she's got an inflated opinion of how important she is. Unfortunately, it's become a necessity, because some people act a little crazy around her.

"I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years," Taylor tells Esquire magazine.  But she has to take precautions, she tells the magazine, "because [of] just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom's house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me."

"This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about," she continues. "I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don't ever want to be scared. I don't want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don't have to be scared."

Despite her security, Taylor says she still tries to go out and interact with people in a normal manner, but if she feels like she just can't deal with the attention, she'll stay home.

"I just have to wake up in the morning and say, 'How am I feeling today?'" she tells the magazine. "If someone asks for a picture, am I gonna feel imposed upon today because I'm dealing with my own stuff? Am I gonna take my own stuff out on some innocent 14-year-old today and be in a bad mood? Okay, maybe not … Maybe I won't leave the house."

"I try really hard not to take bad days out on other people," Taylor adds. "Because I will get asked for an autograph, and I will get asked for a picture, and there will be someone with their cell phone filming me at a restaurant. If I'm not in the mood for that, I just kind of stay in. And that's fine. Those days don't happen very often. I try really hard to keep it light."


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Elton John Extends Contract in Las Vegas for Three More Years 

Capitol/Universal MusicElton John isn't planning to move his Million Dollar Piano out of Las Vegas any time soon.

Caesars Entertainment has just announced that the Rocket Man has extended his three-year contact at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for an additional three years.  Tickets for shows in January, March and April will go on sale this Sunday, October 26 at 10 a.m. PT.

Las Vegas Sun reporter Robin Leach notes that some of Elton's newly-announced dates will be the same dates that Celine Dion vacated earlier this year at the venue, when she canceled all her showbiz commitments to devote her time to caring for her ailing husband.

The Million Dollar Piano opened at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in September of 2011.

Here are the new dates for the show:

January 16-17 -- Friday, Saturday
January 19-20 -- Monday, Tuesday
January 23-24 -- Friday, Saturday
March 18, 20, 21 -- Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
March 23-24 -- Monday, Tuesday
March 27-28 -- Friday, Saturday
March 30-31 -- Monday, Tuesday
April 3-4 -- Friday, Saturday
April 6-7 -- Monday, Tuesday
April 10-11 -- Friday, Saturday
April 13-14 -- Monday, Tuesday


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Flea Says New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album Will Be "Super Danceable" and "Introspective" 

Image Courtesy of Clara BalzaryRed Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has a pretty good idea of what the band's new album will sound like.

"It's super danceable, funky s**t and some real introspective, pretty stuff," he tells Rolling Stone. "It feels good, man, and it's fun to play it."

When RHCP recorded their last album, 2011's I'm with You, they had just hired a new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer. Now, after going through a period of adjustment, Flea says the band feels much more comfortable.

"We had a new guitar player and it was a real feeling-out process with each other," Flea says. "We didn't want to play gigs with him until we'd made a new record. This time, it feels a lot better than the last one."

According to the bassist, RHCP has written upward of 30 new songs, though he thinks that most of them won't appear on the new album.  "We always write way more than we put on a record," Flea says. "We always write a lot-lot."

As for a street date for the new album, Flea is hoping for a 2015 release.  "I would hope that in a year from now, we have a record out and we're on a world tour," he says.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Track List for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" Includes CHVRCHES, Bat for Lashes, Haim

Image Courtesy of Republic RecordsThe track list for the Lorde-curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack has finally been revealed. In addition to Lorde's hit "Yellow Flicker Beat," the soundtrack will include tracks from CHVRCHES and Bat For Lashes. Haim also appears on the track list as a collaborator with Lorde, Belgian French-pop artist Stromae and rappers Pusha T and Q-Tip on the album's opener, "Meltdown."

Lorde appears two more times on the soundtrack: on album closer "Ladder Song," and "Flicker," which is a version of "Yellow Flicker Beat" reworked by none other than Kanye West.

The track list also includes a mystery track that is "to be announced." On the iTunes track listing, the song is titled "Track 5" and will be recorded by "Various Artists."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack will be released November 17.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Milky Chance Announces 2015 North American Tour

Image Courtesy of James KendallMilky Chance fans will have the opportunity to boogie all night long with the German duo next year, now that the band has announced their very first full-scale North American tour for 2015. The outing begins on March 20 in Dallas, TX and wraps up May 22 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC. Tickets go on sale starting October 24.

Milky Chance has been riding high on of the success of their gold-certified single, "Stolen Dance." The duo will be performing the track, which appears on their newly-released debut album, Sadneccessary, on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! October 22.

Here are all the new Milky Chance tour dates:

3/20 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Music Hall
3/21 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
3/23 -- Charlotte, NC, Amos’ Southend
3/24 -- Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theatre
3/25 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
3/27 -- Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero Theatre
3/28 -- Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
3/29 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
3/31 -- New York, NY, Webster Hall
4/3 -- Montreal, QC, Metropolis
4/4 -- Toronto, ONT, Phoenix Concert Theater
4/7 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
4/14 -- San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom
4/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
4/22 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
4/24 -- Chicago, IL, The Vic Theatre
4/26 -- Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe at Old National Center
4/28 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Theatre
4/29 -- Columbus, OH,  Newport Music Hall
4/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
5/1 -- Richmond, VA, National Theatre
5/5 -- Charleston, SC, Music Farm
5/6 -- Nashville, TN, The Cannery Ballroom
5/11 -- Louisville, KY, Headliners Music Hall
5/1 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
5/14 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
5/15 -- Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights
5/17 -- Winnipeg, MB, Garrick Centre
5/19 -- Edmonton, AB, Union Hall
5/20 -- Calgary, AB, Flames Central
5/22 -- Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Jake Owen Hosting Annual Hometown Charity Concert Saturday in Vero Beach, FL

Image Courtesy Nick Rau/Sweet Talk PublicityJake Owen will close out his Days of Gold tour with his annual charity concert this Saturday in his hometown of Vero Beach, FL.

The annual event supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as well as charities in Indian River County, FL, including Autism Speaks, Hibiscus Children's Center, the Mardy Fish Children's Foundation, and Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County.

Jake has been hosting the charity concert for several years now. Last year's event brought in $125,000.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Billy Joel Reveals Why He (Probably) Won't Make Another Album Ever Again

Courtesy: Library of CongressWhile Billy Joel continues to pack fans into New York's Madison Square Garden every month -- as part of his ongoing residency there -- fans are still hoping that he might one day decide to make a new album.  But in a new interview with The New Yorker, Joel says that's not likely to happen.  "I've had my say," he explains.

"Some people think it's because I'm lazy or I'm just being contrary," the Piano Man tells the magazine, explaining why he hasn't put out an album of original pop songs since 1993's River of Dreams.  "But no, I think it's just -- I've had my say.  If I put out an album now, it would probably sell pretty well, because of who I am, but that's no reason to do it.  I'd want it to be good."

He adds, "I've seen artists on that treadmill, putting out albums year after year, and the albums get worse and worse, less and less interesting, and it's, like, 'Maybe you should stop.'"  In addition, Billy thinks actually recording a new album would just be too much of a hassle.

"I'm not crazy about going into a recording studio and doing that kind of life again, or taking on another project where there's other people involved -- arrangers and orchestrators and conductors and producers," he tells The New Yorker.  "I don't want to deal with it...You have to have a certain amount of ambition to want to do all that.  Joel adds, "And I look back at the guy who was the recording artist, this Billy Joel guy, and I think, Who the f**k was that guy?  He was very ambitious, very driven, and I don't feel like that anymore."

And then there's the personal aspect of it.  Billy says he doesn't want to write songs, only to have people pick them apart for clues to his personal life.

"I had gone through this celebrity craziness with Christie [Brinkley], and the divorce," he says, talking about the time of River of Dreams and its aftermath.  "I felt like there was a proctoscope up my butt. Everybody interrogating, analyzing -- everything I wrote was fraught with meanings -- and I said, 'Wait a minute, I don't want to rip myself open and let everyone see everything.'  It was no longer comfortable.  'Enough! I gave you enough!'"

Still, Joel tells The New Yorker that he's been working on a series of "tone poems" called The Scrimshaw Pieces, which are meant to tell the history of Long Island.  However, he has no plans to release that music any time soon.  In fact, he hasn't actually recorded a lot of it, and says he's even on the verge of forgetting some of it.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

"Baker Street" Sax Player Raphael Ravenscroft Passes Away

Rob Verhorst/RedfernsRaphael Ravenscroft, the man responsible for the recognizable saxophone solo in the 1978 Gerry Rafferty hit "Baker Street," died on Sunday at the age of 60.  Western Morning News reports that the musician is believed to have suffered a heart attack and passed away at a hospital near his home in Exeter, U.K.

According to BBC News, Ravenscroft is said to have been paid for his work on "Baker Street" with a 27-pound check, which bounced, while the late Rafferty is said to have made 80,000 pounds a year in royalties from the tune.  The tune peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Ravenscroft went on to contribute his sax talents to a wide variety of artists, including Marvin Gaye, Robert Plant, Pink Floyd, Bonnie Tyler and America.

In a BBC interview in 2011, Raphael said he got irritated when he heard "Baker Street" because he thought that the song was "out of tune."  After Rafferty died in January of that year, Ravenscroft teamed up with the Grammy-winning vocal group Tenebrae to record a tribute to the musician called "Forgiveness."

Ravenscroft's daughter, Scarlett Raven, said of her dad, "He touched your soul and made you want to better yourself.  I think he was very proud of 'Baker Street' and that it made people feel good."


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Reba Almost Finished with a Brand-New Album, Due Out Next Year

Image Courtesy CMAReba is on the home stretch of recording a brand-new album, expected to come out in 2015. She announced plans for the project Tuesday morning in Nashville, saying fans can expect to hear her interpreting songs from Nashville's best songwriters on the new project.

"It's just a huge thrill for me to have this outlet to get these songwriters' stories out to the public," Reba says. "I’m always kind of like the water hose. I'm the conduit from the songwriters' heart and soul, what they write and conceive, and then to get it out to the fans. I love that part."

Though any songwriter would tailor-make a song for Reba, she took some chances on recording a few songs written from a male perspective. She pulled that off on her 1995 covers album, Starting Over, taking on material originally recorded by Glen Campbell, Ray Price, and Michael McDonald, among others. Still, Reba's husband and manager, Narvel Blackstock, was hesitant about some of the new songs at first.

Reba explains, "I'd play him this demo, and I'd say, 'What do you think?' He'd say, 'Uh huh. That's a guy song. I don't know how it's going to sound with you singing it.' I get in the studio, and he said, "OK. You made it your own.'"

The new album will feature a variety of moods and sounds, though. Says Reba, "We've got happy, sad, slow, fast. Got a drinking song in there. And for the first time in a long time, I've got a love song. A true, to the heart and soul love song."

The best part of this new project for Reba is giving her fans her first new album since 2010's All the Women I Am.

"They're gonna be very excited to have new music coming out," Reba explains. "They've been with me through thick and thin, Broadway, television, movies, back to music. They're my team. Glad to be a part of theirs."

We'll keep you posted when Reba announces more details about the new album release.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Brantley Gilbert Engaged to Old Love Who Inspired Some of His Biggest Hits

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is engaged to his old love who inspired his hit songs "More Than Miles" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." The couple parted ways a few years ago, but it looks like their love story will have a happy ending. Brantley hasn't revealed his fiancee's name, though.

Brantley recently moved back home to Georgia. He was engaged to fellow country star Jana Kramer, but they called it off in August 2013.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

2014 CMT Artists of the Year Honorees Announced; Ceremony Broadcasting Live December 2

Image Courtesy CMTJason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will be honored as the 2014 CMT Artists of the Year. They'll be saluted on a live broadcast from Nashville coming up Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

This is Keith's first time getting the CMT Artists of the Year honor. The other four acts are previous honorees. The artists are selected based on the impact they've had in country music throughout the year.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

The Band Perry Taking Their Time Making Upcoming Third Album

Image Courtesy CMAFans of The Band Perry can expect a new album from the trio in 2015, but they can't tell you exactly when they'll release the album next year.

Lead singer Kimberly Perry tells ABC News Radio, "We've actually taken timeline pressures away just to make sure we are creating with the pure sensibilities. So, that's an exciting thing."

The Band Perry didn't have the luxury of unlimited time while making their sophomore album, Pioneer, but it worked out nicely for them. The lead single from that project, "Better Dig Two," was just certified double platinum, recognizing two million streams and downloads of the song.

In the meantime, The Band Perry is now climbing the country chart with their cover of Glen Campbell's "Gentle on My Mind." It's featured in the new Glen Campbell documentary, I'll Be Me, in theaters Friday.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the profession of Kimberly Perry's husband, J.P. Arencibia? ANSWER: Professional baseball player.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley Shows Off His New "Jagdeer" Tattoo on Instagram

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley got a rather interesting piece of body art on his right forearm this week. It's a drawing of a jaguar with deer antlers, or as Brian calls it a "jagdeer."

 

Thanks @adamthekid for this new addition on my right forearm 👌 #jagdeer @bcole429 @tribekelley

A photo posted by playbkplay (@playbkplay) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:16pm PDT

 

The tattoo was done by Adam "The Kid" Wakitsch at Kustom Thrills in Nashville. Fans can check out Brian's new tattoo on his Instagram account, @playbkplay.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

The Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song, "Being Beige"

Credit: Martha's MusicThe Smashing Pumpkins' new song, "Being Beige," might not have the most exciting title, but Billy Corgan makes up for that with a big, evocative chorus.

The track is the first to appear from The Pumpkins' upcoming album, Monuments to an Elegy.  It starts with a minimalist approach before Corgan launches into the chorus accompanied by the full band -- featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee -- as he sings the line, "The world's on fire" over and over again.

"People always ask me to explain songs, and honestly I can't," Corgan tells Rolling Stone of "Being Beige."  "But if there's honesty in this lyric, it's that there's something amiss in our cosmos. Yet still, we must love."

Monuments to an Elegy will be released on December 9.  It is the first of two planned upcoming albums from The Smashing Pumpkins, the other being Day for Night, which is due out in 2015.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Two R&B Legends -- Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire -- Release New Music Today 

RCA RecordsR&B legends Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire are releasing new music Tuesday.

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics finds the Queen of Soul performing ten cover versions of songs made famous by other great female singers while Earth, Wind & Fire is out with its first Christmas album,  Holiday. 

The Great Diva Classics contains Aretha's version of Adele's “Rolling in the Deep” as the album's first sing which recently garnered Aretha her     100th appearance on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hio-Hop Songs chart, a record for a female artist. The album also includes Franklin’s versions of “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and The Pips, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan and "No One" by Alicia Keys.  

Clive Davis developed the album concept and served as executive  producer, and studio producers include Babyface and Andre 3000 from Outkast

Meanwhile, for Holiday, Earth, Wind & Fire when beyond just traditional tunes. Sure, there are seasonal standards including "Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Sleigh Ride," and "Jingle Bell Rock." But EW&F also recorded a traditional Japanese winter song, "Snow," and two original tunes, "Happy Seasons" inspired by their own "Happy Feelin',” and "December" inspired by "September" andfeaturing vocals from Maurice White.

 "The Holiday album was a joy to record, it is a celebration of tradition, love and spirituality, some of the elements of Earth, Wind & Fire,” says bass player and group co-founder Verdine White.

Here's the track list for Aretha Franklin Sings the Diva Classics with the name of the artist original associated with the song:

"At Last (Etta James)
"Rolling in the Deep" (Adele)
"Midnight Train to Georgia" (Gladys Knight and the Pips)
"I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor)
"People" (Barbra Streisand)
"No One" (Alicia Keys)
"I’m Every Woman" (Chaka Khan) / "Respect"
"Teach Me Tonight" (Dinah Washington)
"You Keep Me Hangin’ On" (The Supremes)
"Nothing Compares 2 U" (Sinéad O’Connor)

Here's Earth, Wind & Fire's Holiday track listing:

"Joy to the World"
"Happy Seasons"
"Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
"Winter Wonderland"
"What Child Is This?"
"Away in a Manger"
"The Little Drummer Boy"
"Every Day Is Like Christmas"
"The First Noël"
"Sleigh Ride"
"Snow"
"Jingle Bell Rock"
"December"


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Alt-J's Thom Green Says Miley Cyrus Sample "Just Sounded Good" 

Credit: Gabriel GreenAlt-J's newest album, This Is All Yours, has had a lot of buzz for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the Miley Cyrus sample used on the song "Hunger of the Pine." Drummer Thom Green has one simple answer as to why the band decided to include a sample of Cyrus' "4x4" on their song.

"It just sounded good," he tells New Zealand's Under the Radar.

"We didn’t do it to throw people off although we were aware it was probably going to happen," Green continues. "In the end we went with it because it sounded nice."

This Is All Yours, Alt-J's second album, was released last month and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. The band is currently touring North America through a December 16 stop in Portland, Oregon. Alt-J will return to the USA on March 30 for a show at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Tuesday
Oct212014

Jamie Foxx Joins Quincy Jones in Raising Money to Fight Down Syndrome 

RCA RecordsJamie Foxx and Quincy Jones are continuing their fight against Down syndrome by participating in a celebrity fundraiser October 25 in Denver, CO. Jones is the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s international spokesperson, and Foxx is one of the recipients of the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for his commitment to the organization.

Foxx will be among the stars escorting seventeen models who suffer from the disease at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel, Proceeds will fund research and medical care for Down syndrome and also Alzheimer’s disease.

Supermodel Beverly Johnson will also attend, along with Alex Baldwin and players from the Denver Nuggets and Denver Broncos.


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