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Sean Paul on “Cheap Thrills” Team-Up with Sia: “My Mom Is a Big Fan”

Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images for CoachellaBefore he hooked up with Sia for some “Cheap Thrills” — their #1 collaboration — the last time Sean Paul was #1 on the pop charts was a decade ago.  He tells Billboard it was an “amazing feeling” to be back in the spotlight.

For the ten years that I was not being on those charts you would hear the question: ‘Where have you been? You went away.’ No. I’m always in the studio. I’m always touring,” the reggae star tells Billboard. “Maybe I’m not on the big shows that you see on your TV, but I’m always touring. That’s how I keep this whole thing alive. Those ten years were spent wisely doing every collaboration that I could that made sense.”

As for the Sia duet, Sean Paul says she approached him with the song and he thought, “What a big sound, nice hook and melody she had put down.”  He adds, “ I’m a huge fan of her voice. She spans generations. My mum is a big fan of her voice and her songs and writing.”

Sean Paul, who also recently guest-starred on new singles by MAGIC! and Jay Sean, says of Sia, “I can’t believe “Cheap Thrills” is the only song that she’s had that went to number one on the charts. When I heard that I was shocked. I could have sworn that she’d had other songs at number one because I’d heard them so much on the radio and TV. For me, she’s been a number one artist for a long time.”

Sean Paul just signed a deal with Island Records, and plans to release new singles this fall.

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Ariana Grande Debuting New Music Video for “Side to Side” This Weekend

Getty Images via ABCCoinciding with her scheduled MTV Video Music Awards performance Sunday, Ariana Grande is debuting the music video for her latest single, “Side to Side,” featuring Nicki Minaj.

The video will premiere on, the website for the iconic clothing brand GUESS. Ariana will be wearing GUESS’ new athletic line in the clip, and viewers will have the chance to shop looks inspired by her outfits in the video.

The music video premiere will help launch GUESS Music, a joint project between GUESS and Republic Records that aims to bring together the worlds of fashion and music.

Ariana and Nicki are set to deliver a debut performance of “Side to Side” at the VMAs Sunday. The ceremony airs live from New York’s Madison Square Garden at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Adele’s Nicki Minaj Rap on “Carpool Karaoke” Wins TV Moment of the Year Award

Craig Sugden/CBSAdele’s rapping skills were good enough to win her an award. The singer picked up TV Moment of the Year at the Edinburgh International TV Festival for her rendition of a Nicki Minaj rap during her episode of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.”

She flawlessly recited Nicki’s verse in the Kanye West hit “Monster” for the segment, which aired in January. Her “Carpool Karaoke” went on to become the most popular “Carpool Karaoke” on Twitter, as well as the most viral late-night video since 2013.

Even Nicki approved of Adele’s rapping. “Pull thru, QUEEN!!!!! #Adele,” Nicki tweeted. “#Monster the attitude & fingers to match. #Oh #Ok #IcoNic.”

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“I’m with You”: Leslie Jones Gets Support from Hillary Clinton

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — In the wake of recent online trolling and attacks on her website, Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones is getting the support of a powerful political friend: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“@Lesdoggg, no one deserves this–least of all someone who brings us so much joy. I’m with you. -H,” Clinton tweeted at Jones Thursday.  The ‘H’ on the end signifies it was tweeted by Clinton herself.

Jones was the target of several vicious racist attacks on Twitter, and earlier this week, her personal website —, which remains down — was hacked and personal information and photos leaked.  ABC News Radio confirmed the cyber attack is currently being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security.

Clinton, who’s certainly experienced public attacks online and was the victim of a server hack, is one the latest celebrities to join in and show their support for Jones.

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“Days of Our Lives” Actress Kassie DePaiva Reveals She Has Leukemia

Paul Archuleta/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Days of Our Lives actress Kassie DePaiva has revealed she’s battling leukemia.  

Thursday, the 55-year-old posted on her website that she has been “quiet lately” because she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in July.

DePaiva wrote, “I know that I have been quiet lately and I want to let you know what’s been going on in my life. I was asked back to play Eve on Days and had begun my exciting return. During the 3-week July hiatus I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and have spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in the hospital. I will continue treatment over the next 3 months.”

She added, “My prognosis is good, I will not likely need a stem cell/bone marrow transplant, and we expect a complete cure.”

Despite the circumstances, DePaiva remains positive.  She explained, “I consider this just a bump in the road. I have amazing prayer warriors, family, and friends that have been extremely supportive and life affirming throughout this.”

DePaiva said that her goal is to be back “stirring up trouble” in Salem soon, and she asked her fans to keep her in their thoughts and prayers.

Her most recent appearance on Days of Our Lives as Eve Donovan aired last February.

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.

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Taylor Swift Gives $50,000 to Baton Rouge Food Bank

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift has already donated a million dollars to Louisiana flood relief.  Now the pop superstar’s opened her checkbook once more to help out the residents of Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge Food Bank posted a photo on their Instagram Thursday showing the staff holding a sign that reads “Thanks, Taylor!”

“@taylorswift donated $50,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank!” the photo’s caption reads. “The #laflood destroyed our warehouse but we are going to shake it off!”

The Salvation Army thanked Taylor as well, tweeting, “Thank you @taylorswift13 for helping us serve the #LouisianaFlood survivors by donating to our relief efforts! #DoingTheMostGood.”

In a statement to ABC Radio last week via her rep, Swift noted that Louisiana residents “made us feel completely at home” when she and her touring crew launched the U.S. leg of her 1989 World Tour in the state last year.

Swift added that it’s “heartbreaking” to watch people be forced out of their homes, and encourages people to “help out and send your love and prayers” to flood victims.

The widespread flooding killed at least 11 people and damaged over 40,000 homes.

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US Soccer Star Clint Dempsey Hospitalized for Irregular Heartbeat

Photo by Zachary Scheffer/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — U.S. soccer star Clint Dempsey is being evaluated at a Seattle-area hospital on Friday after experiencing an irregular  heartbeat.

Dempsey’s condition was announced by his club team, the Seattle Sounders, who said that the striker would be held out of their matchup against the Portland Timbers on Sunday. Dempsey, 33, tallied eight goals and two assists for the Sounders this season.

In addition to playing for the Sounders in Major League Soccer, Dempsey has made 130 career appearances for the USA men’s national team, scoring 52 goals.

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University of Texas Extends Contract of Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart

Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — The University of Texas extended the contract of men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart on Thursday, keeping Smart in Austin through the 2022-2023 season.

According to the University of Texas Athletics Department, Smart will receive a $100,000 pay increase to his base salary, earning him a new total of $3 million for the upcoming season. Additional pay increases were made to various performance-based incentives in Smart’s contract.

“Shaka has done a terrific job in all facets of building our basketball program,” Athletics Director Mike Perrin said in a statement.

Smart led the Longhorns to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season in Austin, posting four wins over teams ranked in the AP Top 10.

“On the court, despite facing a lot of challenges and adversity in his first year, we showed steady progress and produced a lot of exciting moments,” Perrin said. “His outstanding recruiting, talented class of newcomers and overall development of our team in the classroom and community has been exemplary.”

“I’m excited about what Shaka’s accomplished and look forward to seeing him lead our program in the years to come,” Perrin added.

Smart, in his own statement, said he is “very appreciative of the support from Chancellor Bill McRaven, President Greg Fenves and Men’s Athletics Director Mike Perrin,” and that he is “really happy at Texas and…excited about being here for a long time.”

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Jerry Jones: Video Showing Ezekiel Elliott at Marijuana Dispensary ‘Not Good’

Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not happy after video of rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott appearing to visit a marijuana dispensary hours before making his preseason debut was posted by TMZ.

In the video, a man the website says is Elliott was seen at Herban Legends in Seattle. He was not seem making any purchases, however.

While recreational marijuana use is legal in the state of Washington, the substance is still banned by the NFL.

“I think that in an of itself, the reason we are talking about is in a way a part of the learning process,” Jones said after the team’s Thursday night game against the Seattle Seahawks. In the game, Elliott rushed seven times for 48 yards.

“No matter if you played at whatever level, there is a picture here of interest,” Jones added. “I’m aware of it. I heard the report. I would know how he is, and he needs to look at that. And the other thing is it’s just not good.”

The former Ohio State Buckeye was already under investigation by the Columbus, Ohio attorney’s office for an alleged domestic violence incident involving a former girlfriend. He has previously denied those accusations.

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New Video Shows Beginning of Chase Before Police Shooting of Deaf Man

Daniel K. Harris Foundation(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — New video has emerged showing what is believed to be part of the chase that led to the police shooting of a deaf man on Aug. 18.

The footage is from cell phone video taken by a motorist who was stuck in traffic some distance away from the incident, according to ABC affiliate WSOC-TV, which obtained the footage.

The video appears to show a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer standing outside a car’s driver-side door. Two other unknown men are standing in front of the car several feet away when, suddenly, the driver, who is believed to be Daniel Harris, 29, the victim of the shooting, backs up the vehicle, and then starts to move forward, driving away.

The trooper returns to his patrol car to pursue the vehicle, the video shows.

The new video fleshes out the circumstances of the police-involved shooting that has garnered national attention.

When the incident was first reported, police said Harris had been stopped for speeding on I-485. Police noted that after a brief pursuit, the suspect exited his vehicle, and a confrontation took place with officers, police said. One of those troopers fired a shot, police said, adding that Harris died at the scene.

The new video that has emerged appears to be of the traffic stop before the pursuit.

“At the request of the Highway Patrol, the State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into the shooting,” the North Carolina Highway Patrol said in a statement after the initial report of the shooting.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol told ABC News Friday that they had no further comment to give about the shooting, or the video, because the shooting death of Harris was currently under investigation.

Harris’ brother, Charles, said in a statement posted on Facebook immediately following the shooting that “my family and I don’t understand why it had to happened.”

He said his brother was “really scared” of cops because of publicized police confrontations with unarmed or black people.

“Worst thing is … my brother Daniel is deaf. How he can communicate with polices [sic] and able to feel safe and protect himself from polices [sic]? My brother is UNARMED and still get shot by police,” Charles Harris wrote in the statement.

The Ruderman Family Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit group, published a study in March of 2016 claiming that half of all high-profile police-related shooting victims suffered from some form of disability.

Lawrence Carter-Long, a public affairs specialist with the National Council on Disability, and one of the co-authors of the Ruderman study, told ABC News that hearing-impaired people often search for someone who can speak sign language when confronted with a situation where they are not being understood, and that deafness is frequently misunderstood by police to be a sign of “non-compliance.”

“Circumstances like this are a recipe for tragedy,” Carter-Long said, referring to a person’s disability being misinterpreted by police.

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Family of Gun Instructor Slain by 9-Year-Old Firing Uzi Files Wrongful Death Suit

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — The children of an Arizona gun instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old firing an Uzi at a gun range are filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the business’s owners.

“The gun range created an unsafe and dangerous environment that ultimately lead to my dad’s death” said Ellie Vacca, the 17-year-old daughter of Charles Vacca, on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday.

The gun instructor’s family spoke to ABC News exactly two years after the tragic accident, saying they want the owners of shooting range to be held responsible.

The wrongful death suit claims that the mini Uzi 9MM that fired the fatal shot should never have been placed in the girl’s hands.

“What we have here is a complaint that says the operation we saw where Charlie Vacca was killed was fundamentally unsafe. It’s fundamentally unsafe to give machine guns to children,” said James Goodnow, the attorney representing the Vacca family in the suit.

ABC News made several attempts get comments from the owner of the “Bullets and Burgers” gun range, who did not respond.

According to Goodnow, the Vacca Children have been adamant from the beginning that they do not blame the young girl. “The Vacca children believe she is a victim of this entire system as was the gun instructor,” he said.

The accident took place back in August of 2014, as the 9-year-old did target practice with Vacca by her side. As she fired a round from the fully-automatic weapon, the firearm recoiled and a stray bullet struck him in the head.

The the 39-year-old father and army reserve sergeant was flown to a nearby hospital, where’re he later died.

Now his family is hoping they can eventually find peace.

“I’d like to see someone take responsibility for what happened to my dad. They let this happen. If they don’t change something, it’s going to happen again,” Vacca’s daughter Ellie told ABC News.

The Vacca family started a petition last year in the hopes of preventing future gun range accidents. The petition helped inspire a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ban the use of assault weapons at shooting ranges by kids younger than 15.

“The HEART Act says that if you are a child, 15 or younger, you can’t shoot an assault weapon. It’s that simple,” said attorney Goodnow.
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Steven Avery of ‘Making a Murderer’ Requests Advanced Forensic Testing Amid Claims Officers Planted Evidence

andjic/iStock/Thinkstock(MANITOWOC, Wisc.) — Steven Avery, the center of Netflix’s hit series Making a Murderer, made a request Friday for more forensic testing, which his lawyers call “the most comprehensive, thorough, and advanced forensic testing ever requested by a criminal defendant in the State of Wisconsin.”

In the 45-page motion, Avery asks for “post-conviction testing of physical evidence,” noting that since his 2007 trial, “considerable progress has been made in forensic DNA methods, procedures and tests, including the development of tests for the specific detection of blood, saliva, semen and urine.”

Avery’s motion says he is willing to pay for testing.

Avery was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach. But when the Netflix series Making a Murderer was released last December, it created renewed interest in his case and led many to believe that Avery was wrongly convicted.

Avery has claimed law enforcement planted samples of his blood, collected from Avery during a previous case, in Halbach’s car before it was discovered by police on Nov. 5, 2005. In Friday’s filing, Avery accuses James Lenk and Andrew Colborn of the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office of being “connected to” the discovery of every item of evidence that he says was planted. Lenk and Colborn both denied planting evidence during the 2007 trial, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported at the time.

Avery is now seeking “body fluid source testing that could identify the source of the bodily fluids found on the victim’s vehicle key and hood latch,” according to the motion, including saliva and blood testing. New technology can now distinguish whether DNA comes from blood, saliva, semen or urine, according to the filing, and Avery says if he was bleeding from his finger as prosecutors say, there should be blood on the hood latch.

Avery is also asking for radiocarbon testing, “which could definitively establish the age of Mr. Avery’s blood found in the victim’s vehicle and determine, based on the age, if the blood was planted,” the motion says.

His lawyers are requesting new DNA testing on evidence that had not been screened before, including the battery cable, the interior hood release and the blinker light of the victim’s car. Moreover, Avery’s defense team is asking for advanced DNA analysis on previously-tested items, such as the license plates and swabs taken from the vehicle, and trace testing to determine if chemical solvents were used to remove DNA.

The advanced testing of previously obtained fingerprints of two officers, as well as DNA testing of the alleged human pelvic bones recovered from the quarry, has been requested as well.

Avery’s attorney has asked for his appeal to be put on hold until a ruling is made about the testing.

After Netflix released the series, Kathleen Zellner, a high-profile attorney with experience representing wrongfully convicted clients, took on Avery’s case.

Zellner told ABC affiliate WBAY-TV in January that Avery was “thrilled that there is new development in technology,” and was feeling “extremely positive” knowing new forensic testing can be done in his case.

“Since 2007, there have been significant advances in forensic testing,” Zellner told WBAY-TV at the time. “The clearest way to do this is with scientific testing and that’s what we will be asking to do.”

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French Court Rules Against Burkini Ban

JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — France’s highest court has ruled against the recent ban on “burkinis” in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet, saying it was a clear violation of individual and fundamental liberties.

There are similar bans in about 30 coastal towns in France and each one will remain in place until they are legally challenged. However, Friday’s decision by the council of state sets a precedent.

The ruling trumps the recent decision by local authorities to ban “improper clothes that don’t respect good morals or secularism” on beaches between June 15 and Sept. 15.

“Burkinis” are a full body swimsuit worn by Muslim women.

The challenge was brought by the League of Human Rights and the Committee against Islamaphobia.

While France’s prime minister supported the ban, calling the burkini an “enslavement of women,” the lawyer who challenged the ban in court argued that the burkini was a veil and a wetsuit combined, adding that veils are authorized in public spaces in France.

The ban has been in the media spotlight ever since photos of a woman wearing a headscarf and leggings on a beach in Nice was widely shared on social media. In the photos, armed officers can be seen confronting the Muslim woman about her clothing.

The League of Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and other groups have publicly spoken out against the ban.

Bénédicte Jeannerod, the director of Human Rights Watch in France, wrote in a statement, “Under the pretext of defending France’s republican principles and women’s rights, the burkini ban actually amounts to banning women from the beach, in the middle of the summer, just because they wish to cover their bodies in public. It’s almost a form of collective punishment against Muslim women for the actions of others.”

French President Francois Hollande has not addressed the burkini issue directly, but said in a recent speech that there must be a “need for rules and respect of those rules, without provocation and stigmatization.”

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Prince William and Kate Open Up About Parenting

Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — For the second day in a row, Prince William and Princess Kate met with children, parents and counselors seeking to provide a safe environment for children.

The Royals visited Young Minds on Thursday in South East London. The charity operates a helpline for those needing support, and the Duke and Duchess observed at the call center and underwent training themselves. Young Minds is one of the eight charity partners of Heads Together, the mental health campaign that William, Kate and Prince Harry set up to raise mental health awareness.

Princess Kate, in a candid moment, revealed that she and William naturally have concerns as Prince George and Prince Charlotte grow up.

“We are parents ourselves, I am sure we will face worries — we do face worries, because we’ve got small young children. If those worries escalate, how vital it is to get support — and you are providing that support,” she said.

The couple have not been afraid to remind parents and teenagers that they too would seek help if their children needed it. William and Kate used the opportunity at the helpline calling center to remind those coping with the stress of growing up that there should be no shame in asking for help.

Kate added: “As a parent and as a mother, having that feeling that there is somebody there that is non-judgmental, that can provide the professional support, and that can really provide helping hand at a really difficult time.”

Duchess Kate looked regal in a scarlet red LK Bennett dress, the second day in a row she wore the designer to an engagement.

Prince William was also moved by the stories he heard on the helpline and the parents he and his wife spoke to.

“It is important that parents understand that you can’t be brilliant at everything. It is totally fine to talk about it and to seek help and to speak out because we’re not all superheroes. There is a lot of pressure on parents, and most of it is self-made by parents themselves, where you feel you have to be able to handle everything. You have to show strength and resilience to everything. But there are some times when it all gets too much and you need to reach out, and that’s totally fine,” he said.

William and Kate have spent back-to-back days on a mission raising awareness on mental health. A spokeswoman for the Heads Together campaign said Prince William and Princess Kate, along with Prince Harry, hope “to change the conversation on mental wellbeing from one of fear and shame to one of support.”

The Duke and Duchess met young people on Wednesday who had conquered mental health challenges ranging from suicide, self-mutilation, social exclusion, bullying, depression and overcoming the death of a parent.

Prince William comforted a 14-year-old boy at a hospice in Luton who had recently lost his mother, telling him how he too still misses his own mother, the late Princess Diana.

“I know how you feel, I miss my mother every day,” he said, adding: “It’s OK to feel sad.”

While the future King and Queen listened to both the teenagers and parents they met over their two days of engagements, there were some lighter moments also.

Prince William was asked by one young mother for Harry’s phone number for her daughter. He joked “Oh no, you don’t want that.”

Kensington Palace said in a statement: “Through the Heads Together campaign, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.”

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At Least 1 Dead in Explosion at Sports Center in Belgium

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At least one person is dead after an explosion at a sports center in Chimay, Belgium, according to the Chimay mayor’s office.

Five others were wounded in the explosion, two of them seriously. Police told ABC News the facility was fairly empty at the time.

The cause of the blast is unknown.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Magic104.9’s Top Tracks







  1. “Cheap Thrills” by Sia feat. Sean Paul
  2. “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots
  3. “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna
  4. “Send My Love” by Adele
  5. “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chain Smokers feat. Daya

Meet Dorothy, Your Magic1049 Pet of The Week!


If you already have your red slippers, Dorothy is ready to follow the yellow brick road and give you tons of love along the way!  This oreo colored beauty is dreaming of a forever home with you!  She’s a 6year old female domestic short hair. Won’t you save a life today?  Find Dorothy at The Animal Service Center of The Mesilla Valley, 3551 Bataan Memorial West.  Open Monday through Friday Noon-6pm and Weekends Noon-5pm. read more…

Magic 104.9’s Top Tracks

Magic 104.9’s Top Tracks
  1. “Send My Love” by Adele
  2. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
  3. “Cheap Thrills” by Sia feat. Sean Paul
  4. “Just Like Fire” by PINK
  5. “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots

Meet Morpheus, Magic104.9’s Pet of The Week!


Meet Morpheus! He’s a 4yr old Pitbull mix. Those sweet eyes are not all this hunk of love has to offer! When he’s not watching his favorite movie “The Matrix”, he’s dreaming of his forever home.

Find Morpheus at the Animal Service Center of The Mesilla Valley, 3551 Bataan Memorial West.  Open Monday-Friday Noon-6pm and Weekends Noon to 5. read more…

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