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Last Update on July 25, 2014 07:07 GMT

NAS SEARCHING OUT HIS ROOTS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Nas is the latest celebrity -- and first rapper -- to be on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots." And he says he isn't comfortable with what he found. He says he "was enraged" when he learned that one of his ancestors was sold as a slave in 1859. He says he felt like tracking down the owner of his relative -- and telling him that person "owes me some cash." Nas say having concrete information that he descended from slaves makes him think about what his forebears contributed to America -- and that now, he's "on a mission to find out more" about his heritage. Season two of "Finding Your Roots" begins September 23.

BON JOVI PART OF GROUP LOOKING INTO BUYING BUFFALO BILLS AND MOVING NFL TEAM TO TORONTO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Looks like Jon Bon Jovi is serious about his plans to buy the NFL's Buffalo Bills. A source tells The Associated Press that the rock star is part of a group looking to buy the franchise -- and that the group has launched a study to see if it's feasible to build a stadium in Toronto. The study is looking at three possible sites: two in Toronto proper and another in a suburb. The source spoke to the AP on condition that he not be identified because the Bon Jovi group hasn't publicly revealed details about their plans to buy the Bills and potentially move the team out of Buffalo, New York.

BON JOVI TO GET PHILLY-BASED AWARD

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jon Bon Jovi is about to get an award named for an opera star that in the past has gone to James Earl Jones, Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Taylor. He will get the Marian Anderson Award -- an award given to artists who have had a positive affect on society. Organizers say Bon Jovi has used his success in music to support groups that work to end homelessness and hunger. The $25,000 award will be given out in Philadelphia on November 18.

ERIC CLAPTON PAYS TRIBUTE TO JJ CALE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Eric Clapton says JJ Cale was the big brother he never had. And he wants to pay Cale back for helping him escape his personal demons by doing a tribute album featuring Cale's music. Cole died last year and Clapton says while he was headed to his funeral, he thought about doing an album covering Cale's music. The result: "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale" -- a 16-tune album that dropped this week. Among the artists featured on the project are Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler and John Mayer.

DURAN DURAN EXPLAIN FAN CLUB LAWSUIT

UNDATED (AP) -- Duran Duran love their fans. They just are not happy with the company that ran their fan club. Duran Duran have issued a statement in response to news that they are suing Worldwide Fan Clubs for failing to pay the band its share of revenues. Duran Duran say their lawsuit is not against their fans, but they just want to protect their rights. The band will now run the fan club themselves.

AL YANKOVIC UNLEASHES INNER EDITOR IN "BLURRED LINES" PARODY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If you think Al Yankovic is one of those people who goes around mentally "editing" what people say and write -- you're correct. He says he's the kind of guy who gets annoyed at seeing signs in stores with quotation marks around them for emphasis -- even though no one is actually being quoted. Or he's keen to catch misspellings on billboards or in ads. So it was a natural that his parody to "Blurred Lines" focuses on "Word Crimes." Yankovic says he decided to go with grammatical errors because it fit his personal style -- and because there were already a bunch of parodies of "Blurred Lines" that dealt with the same themes of the original song.

Weird Al Yankovic says doing a parody of "Blurred Lines" about bad online grammar was a natural fit for him.

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Sound of "Weird Al" Yankovic

Sound of "Weird Al" Yankovic performing his parody of "Blurred Lines," called "Word Crimes".

ROBIN THICKE AND PAULA PATTON PUT HOUSE UP FOR SALE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The house Robin Thicke shared with his wife, actress Paula Patton, is on the market. The Hollywood Reporter reports the three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath house in Los Angeles is for sale for $2.9 million. Thicke's father, actor Alan Thicke, bought the house in the 1990s and passed it onto his son in 2005. Thicke and Patton were married in 2004. They separated five months ago and Thicke has been trying so hard to win Patton back he named his latest album "Paula."

JACK WHITE, JAMEY JOHNSON SIGN ON FOR FARM AID

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Jack White, Jamey Johnson and Carlene Carter will join Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews for this year's Farm Aid. The concert will be held September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mellencamp says Farm Aid is a great occasion for families to hear great music and teach their children where food comes from.

YES RELEASE "HEAVEN AND EARTH"

SEATTLE (AP) -- The songs on the new Yes album "Heaven and Earth" are short, at least by Yes standards. Drummer Alan White points out most of them are five or six minutes long. He says "Heaven and Earth" was a collaborative effort from all five band members. He says the songs wander through different moods and he thinks people will enjoy them. "Heaven and Earth" is new this week.

Yes drummer Alan White says the "Heaven and Earth" album was a collaborative effort.

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Alan White drummer for Yes

Yes drummer Alan White says the songs on "Heaven and Earth" cover a lot of themes.

MATCHBOX 20'S KYLE COOK STARTS RECORD LABEL

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Kyle Cook of Matchbox 20 hopes to give budding musicians their big breaks. Cook has started a record label called Tennessee Recording Company with songwriter/sound engineer Mike Fiorentino and web developer Ben Shaw. Their first release will be a hip-hop artist named Maurico next month. Cook says it seems obvious for a label in Nashville to sign a country act, but they went with a hip-hop act because no one will see that coming.

WIN A CHANCE TO HAVE A COUNTRY ARTIST IN YOUR FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Impress your friends this fall by telling them the commissioner of your fantasy football league is Florida Georgia Line. The Academy of Country Music and CBS Sports have created a fantasy football sweepstakes. Anyone who donates $5 to the ACM's charitable arm, Lifting Lives, through August 9 will be entered into a drawing. The winners will be assigned to a fantasy football league in which the commissioner will be Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans, Jana Kramer, Love and Theft, Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town, Chris Young or Montgomery Gentry. Winners will be notified August 18. Details are at www.ACMLiftingLives.org .

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME PLANS KENNY ROGERS EXHIBIT

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Costumes Kenny Rogers wore for "The Gambler" TV series and a rhinestone-studded denim outfit he wore as part of The First Edition will be on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The display will also include his Grammys, the cameras he uses for his photography hobby and a pack of cigarettes bearing Rogers' name and likeness. The exhibit runs August 15 through June 14. Rogers will take part in an interview at the hall of fame on August 16. It will be streamed live on the hall of fame's Web site.

IGGY AZALEA TO APPEAR AT MTV VIDEO AWARDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Iggy Azalea (uh-ZALE'-yuh) will be appearing at the the MTV Video Music Awards. But not in the way artists usually appear. MTV says she will be doing a running commentary on fashion during the August 24 awards show at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The night after, she will do a fashion recap on the network under the title "House of Style." That show ran on MTV from 1989 to 2000 and came back for a minute online last year. Azalea will do the same online deal starting next month.

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