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Elton John AIDS Foundation Partners With TikTok for World AIDS Day

This must be why Elton John recently joined TikTok!


The Elton John AIDS Foundation and TikTok are teaming up to raise awareness about the disease through a campaign and live event for World AIDS Day set for Dec. 1st.


This important event will air on John’s TikTok channel featuring the singer and husband-filmmaker David Furnish along with performances by Sam Smith, Sam Fender and Rina Sawayama.
Things kicks off Wed. (Nov. 25) with an HIV/AIDS Education & Awareness quiz to test TikTokers’ knowledge of the disease. 


The hope is to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.


“We all need to care about HIV and end the discrimination around this disease,” John said in a statement. “There’s a great lineup for our TikTok Live to break down the myths around HIV, talk about safe sex and ensure that young people know how to protect themselves and others.”

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Returning to 'SNL'

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be returning as the musical act for Saturday Night Live.
The December 12th episode gives the band the opportunity to show off their latest music from their album Letter to You. 


This will be the third appearance from the band, who previously appeared on the show in 2002 and 2015.


Springsteen's only solo appearance on the program was in 1992.
The December episode will be hosted by Dune  actor Timothée Chalamet .

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Prince's 'Purple Rain' Tour Bus Up For Auction

You might want to break the bank for this auction item!


The famous tour bus that Prince and The Revolution used in 1984 for the 'Purple Rain' tour is headed to auction.


The bus can sleep six people, has a full size bath, kitchen and dining space. According to the listing, the 1983 Eagle Model 10 was custom-built and designed for Prince. There are purple accents throughout, and it has since been modernized with a Wifi sound system -- including a Denon receiver and Sonos amplifier -- a flat-screen TV and a Blu-ray player.


Mecum auction says the tour bus is in excellent shape! It was only used once after Prince was done with that tour.  It's been safely stored indoors all this time.


It's listed on Mecum as part of a lot of collector's cars that will be sold in Houston on Dec. 3-5. There's no mention of the starting bid or what is expected to be the selling price. 

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Sean Connery's Ashes to Be Scattered in His Beloved Scotland: 'That Was His Final Wish,' Says Widow

We will forever remember the iconic James Bond actor Sean Connery who died on Oct. 31 at his home in the Bahamas. 


His wife of 45 years is planning his memorial.
“We are going to bring Sean back to Scotland, that was his final wish,” Connery’s widow, Micheline Roquebrune told the Scottish Mail. 


“We would like to organize a memorial service for him in Scotland – that is our hope. But we cannot say when this will happen exactly."


Coronavirus restrictions are making things difficult. 


“He wanted his ashes to be scattered in the Bahamas and also in his homeland," she continued, adding that his family would like this to happen just as soon as the coronavirus restrictions allow.
His ashes will then be kept safe "until we can travel and we do not know when this will be possible.”

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'Zappa': See New Trailer for 'Definitive' Doc About Unclassifiable Artist

Rolling Stone' has revealed the trailer for 'Zappa', the long-awaited documentary about one of music's most mad geniuses, Frank Zappa.  The late artist's family helped director Alex Winter with the film, providing never-seen-before footage, interviews and more.


'Zappa' follows the career timeline of the avant-garde artist, from his beginnings as a self-taught musician through his time with his band, Mothers of Invention.  


You'll also get to see Zappa's battle against censorship with the Parental Music Resource Center and his productive years prior to his 1993 death from prostate cancer at only 52.
'Zappa' arrives November 27th.

 

 

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Elton John Gets A Barbie Doll!

Elton John is getting his very own Barbie doll, and while the doll won't look like the Rocket Man, it will be styled in his likeness.

The legendary singer/songwriter has teamed up with toy giant Mattel to commemorate the 45th anniversary of his legendary 1975 concerts at Dodger Stadium, which broke the record for the largest single artist concert at the time.

"Barbie is an icon in her own right, so having her pay tribute to my work and personal style is a real honour. I hope that she inspires fans everywhere to fearlessly pursue their own dreams and limitless potential."

The Elton John Barbie comes with a certificate of authenticity and retails for $50.  

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Rolling Stone Names the 500 Best Albums of All Time

On Tuesday, Rolling Stone released a list of their 500 best albums of all time. The list was voted on by musicians, critics, music industry members, and staff. Here are the top 20; the rest are found at the link.

 

  1. Marvin Gaye, What's Going On (1971)
  2. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (1966
  3. Joni Mitchell, Blue (1971)
  4. Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
  5. The Beatles, Abbey Road (1969)
  6. Nirvana, Nevermind (1991)
  7. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (1977)
  8. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (1984)
  9. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks (1975)
  10. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  11. The Beatles, Revolver (1966)
  12. Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)
  13. Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
  14. The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. (1972)
  15. Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  16. The Clash, London Calling (1979)
  17. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
  18. Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
  19. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
  20. Radiohead, Kid A (2000)

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Eddie Murphy Wins 1st Emmy, Dave Chapelle Wins 3 & Tells Critics to "Shut the F**k Up Forever"

On Saturday, the last night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Eddie Murphy won his first Emmy, according to E! News. 

The former SNL star won the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on the show. Murphy was a cast member from 1980 to 1984 and hosted the show on December 21, 2019. 

"I don't have an Emmy. This is 40 years since I started Saturday Night Live, this is my first Emmy, so thank you so much," said Murphy from his home. "This was a very, very special thing for me to come back and have the show turn out the way it did. I'm still floating from it," he said. 

 

Rolling Stone reports that Dave Chappelle won a trio of Emmys for his special Sticks and Stones, which was roundly panned by critics when it was released. Chappelle remembered those critics in his acceptance speech. 

 

“Boy, this comes as a complete surprise. I mean, I read all the reviews and they said so many terrible things. That they were embarrassed for me. That I lost my way and wasn’t even worth watching,” Chappelle said. “I hope all you critics learn from this. This is a teachable moment. Shut the f**k up forever," he said.

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Jon Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles Team Up Again

Jon Bon Jovi and Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles have teamed up again for a country remix of his band's song "Do What You Can," according to Rolling Stone. 

“I got a feeling it will be a country Number One,” says Bon Jovi. 

Bon Jovi and Nettles already hit the top spot on the charts fourteen years ago with the song "Who Says You Can't Go Home," and he's hoping for a repeat hit. “It’s twanged up a bit with Dann Huff, the way we did ‘Who Says,’ and [Jennifer] is a powerhouse voice.” 

 

The new collab comes with a new video as well; the two singers meet in New York City while observing social distancing. By the time the song ends, Nettles dances on a rooftop and Bon Jovi sings on the desk of the USS Intrepid. 

 

The original version of "Do What You Can" was released over the summer. The song will also appear on Bon Jovi’s upcoming album 2020; that album will drop on October 2.

 

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Prince Estate Issues Unreleased Version of Funky "I Need a Man"

 

In advance of the much-anticipated Sign O' the Times boxed set, the Prince estate has dug up another gem from the late singer's vault.

The funky "I Need a Man" originates from 1981--he initially wrote it for a girl group that turned into Vanity 6--but Prince recorded this version in 1987 after he was possibly collaborating with Bonnie Raitt.

The tune is well worth the wait, as it features horns, sax and a super-funky bassline.

The Sign o' the Times box is due September 25.

 

 

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Samuel L. Jackson Promises to Teach Master Class in Swearing if Enough People Check Their Voting Status

If you're someone who doesn't vote, then Samuel L. Jackson hopes you burn in hell!

 

This week, the actor promised on Twitter to teach a master class in the art of swearing if enough fans check to make sure they're ready to vote in the 2020 election this November.

 

"Listen up. If 2,500 of you click a voting action below to make sure you’re #GoodToVote, I will teach you to swear in 15 different languages," Jackson tweeted and said in an accompanying video.

 

He also provided a link to "headcount.org/samjackson," where anyone can register to vote, double-check their registration or make a voting plan.

 

No word on whether Jackson will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to NOT VOTE!

 

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12 Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

On Wednesday, the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, announced this year's finalists for its Class of 2020.

The list includes the classic board games Sorry, Yahtzee and Risk, plus several toys that have been considered for induction before, including My Little Pony dolls and Jenga.

Three of the toys on this year's shortlist will be inducted into the institution on November 5. “These 12 toys represent the wide scope of playthings — from simple sidewalk chalk that has its roots in ancient times, to Baby Nancy, which proved a turning point in the representation of race in dolls, to the more recent, highly innovative Tamagotchi,” Toy Hall of Fame vice president Christopher Bensch said in a news release.

The three inductees will be chosen by a national selection committee that casts ballots for the winners, but the public can also weigh in on the final selection through September 16 with an online “Player’s Choice” ballot. Cast your vote here.

Below are this year's nominees:

 

  • Baby Nancy: Introduced by Shindana Toys, a company dedicated to making toys that reflect Black pride.
  • Bingo: a staple of fundraisers for churches and charities that descended from a lottery game first played in Italy around 1530.
  • Breyer Horses: collectibles produced by the Breyer Molding Co. for the past 70 years.
  • Jenga: the stacking game created by Englishwoman Leslie Scott based on wooden blocks from her childhood in Africa. The name has Swahili roots.
  • Lite-Brite: colorful plastic pegs are backlit when placed in a black background.
  • Masters of the Universe: a Mattel-produced line of action figures led by He-Man and She-Ra.
  • Risk: the war and strategy board game first published in the United States in 1959.
  • Sidewalk chalk: the medium of masterpieces, as well as generations of driveway hopscotch games.
  • Sorry: the board game that relies on cards, rather than dice, to move players’ pawns from start to home.
  • Tamagotchi: the palm-size digital pets considered a fad by some but credited with helping to shape the electronics toy market in the 1990s and early 2000s.
  • Yahtzee: the dice game that maker Hasbro estimates is played by 100 million people on a regular basis.

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7-Year-Old Idaho Girl With Cancer Wants Cards From All 50 U.S. States to Mark 1,000th Day of Chemotherapy

A 7-year-old girl in Idaho who's been battling cancer for almost half her life wants to mark her 1,000th day of chemotherapy with cards--from you! 

 

Good Morning America reports that Zoe Ray hopes to receive greeting cards from all 50 U.S. states ahead of that September 3 milestone. 

"They say they're thinking of me and they share stories of encouragement," Rae says about the cards she's received so far. "It makes me really excited and happy and it gets me distracted opening the cards all day."

Her mom adds, "She says when she's distracted by reading the cards her head doesn't hurt and her stomach doesn't hurt. She'll stand by the door waiting for the mail and just shake with excitement."

On Wednesday, her Zoe Ray of Sunshine Facebook page announced, "Zoe has received 486 cards so far from 26 states plus Canada!"

 

Cards can be mailed to Zoe Ray of Sunshine, 1930 N. Wind Cave Way, Eagle, ID 83616.

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David Blaine Is Going to Fly Over New York City Holding Balloons

Remember DAVID BLAINE?  The "magician" who does epic stunts on national TV just to show how much of a lunatic he is?  Well, he's back . . . after spending most of the past decade under the radar.  

 

(Under the radar professionally, that is.  Privately, he's been dealing with rape allegations.)

His next stunt is called "Ascension," and he's going to attempt to fly above New York City... by holding a bunch of helium-filled balloons.  He'll float across the Hudson River, from New Jersey to his native New York City.

 

It's unclear where he got this idea . . . but it's very possible that he's spent his quarantine watching "Up" or "Curious George".  (Here's a clip.)

 

On Twitter, David said, quote, "This stunt has been 10 years in the making.  Let's turn worry into wonder and take magic to new heights."

 

The stunt is happening on August 31st, and will air live, exclusively on YouTube.

 

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Guitar Jimi Hendrix Played in the '60s Sells for $216,000

The guitar Jimi Hendrix played back when he was a relatively unknown musician in the early sixties has sold at auction for $216,000.

After he was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1962, Hendrix picked up the brown Japanese sunburst electric guitar.

Around this time, Hendrix played on the Chitlin' Circuit, alongside Sam Cooke and Ike and Tina Turner, before moving to Harlem. While in New York, Hendrix took the stage at iconic venues like Cafe Wha and Cheetah Club.

Hendrix owned the guitar during his stint with the Isley Brothers, but when he headed across the pond to start the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the U.K., he left it with a friend in New York. That pal, Mike Quashie, provided a notarized letter of provenance for the instrument prior to his own death.

Other items that sold at GWS Auctions’ Artifacts of Hollywood & Music included Prince's purple boots, which sold for $13,000, and Elvis Presley's gold ring, which went for $22,500.

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Elton John Calls Himself "Truly Blessed" as He Celebrates 30 Years of Sobriety

Elton John revealed Wednesday on Instagram that he celebrated 30 years of sobriety with a cake and some special words on Instagram.

"Reflecting on the most magical day having celebrated my 30th sobriety birthday. So many lovely cards, flowers and chips from my sons, David, friends in the Program, staff at the office and in our homes," the 73-year-old icon wrote about husband David Furnish and Alcoholics Anonymous.

"I’m truly a blessed man. If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead."

He signed off by telling fans, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have inspired and supported me along the way."

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"Facts of Life" Star Mindy Cohn Claims She Sang Backup Vocals on Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T."

Did Mrs. Garrett approve of this?

This past weekend, former Facts of Life star Mindy Cohn claimed that she sang backup on Michael Jackson's early-'80s pop classic "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)."

Cohn's confession came in the comments of DJ Mad Marj’s Saturday tea dance party on Twitch after the song began to play. “Me and Janet [Jackson]," Cohn--who played Natalie on the long-running sitco--wrote. "And I’m the kids at the end, too. We went to listen to the record and Quincy Jones put us on the mike."

She added that she'd “have to post the pic on Instagram of the session … It’s kinda wild!” But as of Tuesday morning, it seems she still hadn't done so.

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Bearded Alex Trebek Updates Fans, Says He's "Feeling Great" Amid Cancer Treatment

A newly bearded Alex Trebek provided a health update to fans on the Jeopardy! Twitter account on Thursday, telling fans he's doing well. "I've been continuing my treatment and it is paying off though it does fatigue me a great deal.

My numbers are good. I'm feeling great," the Jeopardy! host said.

Trebek also mentioned his memoir that will be released the day before his 80th birthday, on July 21.

The longtime and beloved host also talked about "very special 'Jeopardy!' episodes that will be coming up in July." "For the first time ever, we are going to open the 'Jeopardy!' vaults and take another look at some of our favorite episodes, including the very first 'Jeopardy!' show I ever hosted, mustache and all," he said.

"I can't wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new season in September," Trebek said.

"Meanwhile, my wish for all of you -- stay safe."

 

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Rolling Stones to Release Unheard Tracks From 1973 "Goats Head Soup" Album

The Rolling Stones are releasing a deluxe edition of their 1973 album Goats Head Soup, which will feature three previously unheard tracks, the AP reports.

The band announced that the new edition will drop on September 4, and will include a four-disc CD and vinyl box set editions with 10 bonus tracks, including outtakes and alternative takes.

One of the three unheard tracks is called “Scarlet,” which featured Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. The band also released a video for another called "Criss Cross" on Thursday. 

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Jude Law in Talks to Play Captain Hook in Disney's Live-Action "Peter Pan" Film

Just call him Jude Lawless! Variety reports that Jude Law is in talks to play the big, bad Captain Hook in an upcoming live-action version of Disney's Peter Pan.

The new remake, titled Peter Pan and Wendy, will be helmed by director David Lowery, who previously directed the critically acclaimed Ain't Them Bodies Saints and The Old Man and the Gun.

There's no other casting news so far for the project, which is expected to be released theatrically instead of on the Disney+ streaming service.

Hopefully, Peter Pan and Wendy will fare better at the box office than 1991's Hook and 2015's Pan--two other live-action Peter Pan remakes that both flopped in theaters.

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Benny Mardones of "Into The Night" Fame Dies at 73

Rock and soul musician Benny Mardones, best known for co-writing and performing the hit "Into the Night," has died from complications of Parkinson's disease.

He was 73. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mardones grew up in Maryland and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. As a songwriter, he was on staff at Mercury Records in the '70s before casting out on his own in 1978 with the debut LP Thank God For Girls.

However, 1980's Never Run, Never Hide served as his breakout, as the LP included the ballad "Into the Night," which he wrote with Robert Tepper. The song peaked at No. 11 in 1980, and a rerecorded version of the tune peaked at No. 20 in 1989.

Mardones was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000 but kept performing until several years ago; in fact, he last performed "Into the Night" live in 2017.

According to Billboard, Mardones is survived by his wife Jane; a son, Michael; and sister Louise.

 

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Bob Dylan Becomes 1st Artist to Chart a Top 40 Album in Every Decade Since the 1960s

 

With the #2 debut of the new Rough and Rowdy Ways, Bob Dylan is enjoying his highest-charting album since 2009's Together Through Life topped the charts.

However, Billboard notes that's not his only impressive achievement.

With Rough and Rowdy Ways' high debut, Dylan has become the first artist to land at least one new album in the Top 40 in each decade starting with the 1960s through to the 2020s.

Overall, this is Dylan's 23rd top 10 album, and 50th LP overall to reach the top 40; 1963's The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was the first. Rough and Rowdy Ways earned 53,000 equivalent album units, which measures sales and streams. 

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Patti LaBelle Says Prince Treated Her "Like His Mother"

During Sunday night's episode of Watch What Happens Live, Patti LaBelle said that Prince treated her like she was his mother while the two collaborated on her 1989 album, Be Yourself.

"He treated me like he was my son [and] I was his mother," recalled LaBelle. "He just treated me like his mother. And then when he did the Arsenio Hall Show, he said he wouldn't do it unless I came with him. So I came, sat on the couch, I didn't say a word. He had this great feeling for me and I feel so proud and blessed."

She added that she once cooked a meal for Prince, but that he only ate a single biscuit before taking LaBelle out dancing at a nightclub.

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Amazon Worker Complies With Request to Scream "Abracadabra" During Delivery

In Delaware last week, a 13-year-old boy by the name of Jacob Staffieri ordered a package from Amazon.

In the section where he was asked to provide the delivery person "additional instructions," he wrote, "Knock on the door three times and scream 'abracadabra' as loud as you can and run super fast away."

After the woman who delivered Jacob's package was caught on a doorbell camera following the teenager's instructions to a tee, his embarrassed mom apologized and wrote on Facebook, "I do appreciate that the driver looked closely enough at the instructions, though, because I know a lot of people wouldn't."

 

Watch the video:

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Facebook Will Now Allow Users to Shut Off Political Ads on Their Feed

Facebook will now allow users to shut off political ads on the social media platform.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the policy change in a Tuesday op-ed for USA Today. "For those of you who just want the election to be over, we hear you," he wrote.

In addition to this opt-out policy, the social media giant pledged to help four million people register to vote for the November presidential election, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The changes came after widespread criticism for Facebook's previous policies, which allowed anyone to run ads that contained misinformation and harmful content.

On top of the external criticism, Facebook has received significant internal pushback from employees. Twitter banned all political ads last October.

 

Here's How to Turn Off Political Ads on Facebook:

On Facebook, via ad settings:

  1. In the Facebook app, tap the menu button (the three stacked bars).
  2. Tap the Settings button.
  3. Tap Ad Preferences.
  4. Tap Ad Topics.
  5. Tap “Social Issues, Elections or Politics.”
  6. Tap “See fewer ads about this topic.”

Visit FastCompany.com for instruction to shut off political ads on Instagram.

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