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Rachel Platten, One Direction Songwriter Upset at Use of Their Songs at Inaugural Ball

ABC NewsRachel Platten and a songwriter for One Direction spoke out on Twitter after their songs were performed at Donald Trump’s inaugural ball on Friday.

One of the performers, The Piano Guys, performed a mash-up of “Amazing Grace” and Rachel’s “Fight Song,” despite the fact that “Fight Song” was used at many Hillary Clinton campaign rallies last year, and was also played at the Democratic National Convention.

A clearly upset Rachel tweeted, “While I respect the office of the President and the peaceful transfer of power, I want to make clear that at no point did the Piano Guys ask for permission, nor did I or anyone on my team know of, approve or endorse their decision to play Fight Song tonight.”

The Piano Guys also performed One Direction’s hit “What Makes You Beautiful” at the ball, leading the man who wrote it, Savan Kotecha, to take to Twitter to denounce the performance.

“They were absolutely NOT given permission to use WMYB at the inaugural ball. I will be looking into taking action,” Kotecha tweeted. “There’s nothing I can do re WMYB now, but the song was written out of love for my wife. It’s just heartbreaking that it was used to celebrated [sic] a man who stands for divisiveness.”

In their defense, the Piano Guys later tweeted, “Our performance tonight, which combined “Fight Song” and “Amazing Grace” had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton or politics…We chose to perform our version of “Fight Song/Amazing Grace” – it was not endorsed by Rachel Platten. We love Rachel and we love her song.”

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John Mayer Explains “Wave One” of “The Search for Everything”

ABC/Randy HolmesOn Friday, John Mayer released “Wave One” of his new album The Search for Everything: He plans to release four songs a month, every month.  John also spoke to Rolling Stone about what inspired the new songs.

The single “Love on the Weekend,” John says, was inspired by Los Angeles. “The reason I love L.A. is because it’s the world’s greatest backdrop for love,” he says. “There is a culture here of the lovers’ getaway.”

“Moving On and Getting Over” was inspired by a breakup, but John says that by the time he was done with it, he was feeling more hopeful and less heartbroken. “The end has a jam…,” he says. “If I’d had to finish this song a year ago, it wouldn’t have this ending. This ending is me coming back to it two years later and going, ‘I’ve moved on, so it gets a happy ending.'”

“Changing” is what John calls “the spiritual centerpiece of the album,” and says the whole first verse came to him in an instant.  But that was only 30 seconds, so he then had to turn it into an actual song.  “It sounds simple, but it took forever,” he recalls.

“You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me” is a song that John describes as “open and revealing.” He says he wrote it one night, and adds, “What you hear on the song is the original take. I couldn’t sing the vocals again if I tried.”

John will continue to release new songs in the next few months, and the entire physical album will arrive in the spring.

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Adam Levine’s New Movie Gets Theater & Online Deals Before It Premieres

ABC/Craig SjodinAdam Levine‘s new movie must be pretty good: It hasn’t even had its world premiere and it’s already gotten deals for theatrical and online distribution.

Deadline reports that Netflix will have the streaming video-on-demand rights for the movie, Fun Mom Dinner, while eOne’s Momentum Pictures will distribute the movie in theaters.  The deals are said to be worth $5 million.

As previously reported, the movie stars Adam as a bar owner who plays a pivotal role in a night out planned by four moms which takes an unexpected turn. In addition to the Maroon 5 frontman, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett and Katie Aselton star in the film, which marks the directorial debut of Alethea Jones.

The movie will world-premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27.

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“Quantico” Star Talks Art Imitating Life in the Spy Game, and the Move to Monday Nights

ABC/Jonathan Wenk(NEW YORK) — Actor Blair Underwood, Priyanka Chopra and the rest of the cast returns to the twisty spy thriller Quantico on Monday night, in a move to a 10 p.m. time slot for the ABC drama.

“I’m really excited about the fact that we’re moving to Monday nights,” Underwood told ABC News, “excited about the lead-in we have with The Bachelor, which is a huge audience — you know, lead-ins help! Otherwise you’re kind of an island onto yourself, hoping people kind of tune in.”

In the show, the actor plays Lead CIA instructor Owen Hall, and Underwood explains the first show out of the gate starts to “pull back the layers” about the character. “You start to see some of his vulnerability. You know, whether its his daughter or — he’s no less of a great teacher, but you see the human behind the character.”

The actor agrees that working as a pretend spy has influenced his view of current political events, “Oh, very much so! I mean, come on: you turn on the news now, and it’s all about the CIA and the intelligence community. Absolutely, with a different perspective of…learning about this world…and the amount of regard and respect we must have for this intelligence community, is definitely bolstered by playing a character set in the intelligence community.

Earlier this week, Chopra suffered a concussion on the show’s New York set. After taking some doctor-required time off to rest, she recovered quickly enough to fly to Los Angeles and accept a People’s Choice Award Wednesday night for her portrayal of CIA agent Alex Parrish.

Quantico returns Monday, January 23, at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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President Trump’s Inauguration Speech Sounds Familiar to Batman Fans

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Those who didn’t vote for President Donald Trump may joke that he reminds them of a comic book villain — but he’s not helping matters by directly quoting one in his inauguration speech.

Fans of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises thought Trump’s speech sounded a bit familiar — well, at least the part where he said, “Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.”

In The Dark Knight Rises, the villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy, tells the residents of Gotham City, “We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you, the people.”

Of course, it didn’t take long for someone to make a mashup of Trump’s speech and the movie clip.

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“House of Cards” Reveals Season 5 Teaser on Inauguration Day

David Giesbrecht/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — On the day of the inauguration, the award-winning Netflix hit show House of Cards dropped a chilling season 5 teaser on Twitter with the caption, “We make the terror.”

The show has made no connection to the big day or to the new president, but the during the 30-second clip, the camera pulls back on an image of the Stars and Stripes, and we hear the sound of kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

While the kids speak, it’s revealed the American flag is waving in a grey sky — but the flag, in front of the White House — is upside down, a universal signal of distress.   

The release date for season five is also revealed: May 30.

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Top Ranked Player Andy Murray Loses in Stunning Fashion at Australian Open

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Mischa Zverev defeated world No. 1 Andy Murray in the fourth round of the Australian Open in four sets 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, advancing to the quarterfinals to face Roger Federer.

The unseeded 29-year-old German journeyman completed the massive upset in a match that lasted less than four hours. He told ESPN afterwards, “I didn’t know how I pulled it off.”

There are now only three players who have won a grand slam left in the tournament: Stan Wrawinka, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer. The second-ranked player in the world, Novak Djokovic, lost in the second round.

ESPN reports that a year ago, Zverev was ranked 171st in the world, unable to automatically qualify for grand slams. He’s also the lowest ranked player to beat a number one seed since 2004.

Now he’s could crack the top 40 for the first time in his career.

“It means the world to me,” Zverev said afterwards. “It’s just amazing. I don’t know yet how I feel because everything is new to me, and everything feels a little bit unreal.”

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DeMarcus Couins Angered at Referees Following Loss to Bulls

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — DeMarcus Cousins expressed anger and frustration about the officiating in the Sacramento Kings’ 102-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Cousins, who has a long history of criticizing officials, sarcastically talked about the game they called, saying, “Incredible job by the referee crew tonight. I don’t have a complaint in the world.”

Cousins appeared furious after a questionable call went against him late in the game. Bulls guard Dwyane Wade was driving to the basket while the game was tied at 99, and went up for a dunk but missed the shot. Replay appears to show Cousins lightly touching Wade, but in a way that most likely would not have altered his shot.

A foul was called, and the Bulls took the lead and eventually won the game. Cousins was sarcastic when talking to reporters about the play, saying the officials “made the absolute right call.”

ESPN reports Cousins made angry gestures towards officials on his way to the locker room after the game, and was apparently seen throwing trash cans.

Other players on the team expressed their frustration as well. Point guard Darren Collison called the foul “deflating” and “hurtful.”

The tough loss marks the fifth in a row for a struggling Kings team. They’ve won just twice since the start of the New Year and sit near the bottom of the Western conference.

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Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce Fined for Postgame Comments

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The NFL fined Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce $21,615 according to ESPN. He was fined for actions he made during and after the team’s 18-16 AFC Divisional Round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kelce was fined $9,115 for shoving Pittsburgh Ross Cockrell to the ground after a play ended. He was also fined $12,500 for postgame comments about referee Carl Cheffers.

Cheffers penalized Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher for holding on what would have been a successful two-point conversion late in the game. The play would have allowed the Chiefs to tie the game with less than three minutes to play.

Instead, they had to try the two-point conversion again and were unsuccessful.

“Ref No. 51 [Cheffers] shouldn’t even be able to wear a zebra jersey ever again,” Kelce said after the Chiefs lost, “He shouldn’t even be able to work at f—ing Foot Locker.” He further added the referee took the game “out of our hands.”

ESPN reports that Cheffers will be the referee for Super Bowl LI.

The incident marks the second time Kelce has been fined this season. He was fined $24,309 for throwing a towel at an official who penalized him in a November game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kelce was ejected from that game.

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At Least 2 Dead in Georgia as Tornado Outbreak Continues

Twitter/@RyanMooreMS(ADEL, Ga.) — A tornado outbreak in the Southeast continued Sunday morning with at least two people dead from a twister hitting a southernmost area of Georgia on the Florida border.

The coroner in Brooks County, Georgia, told ABC News that two people are confirmed to have died.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado near Adel, Georgia, which is in the county just north of Brooks, shortly before 4 a.m. ET.

That tornado was one of 16 reported so far this weekend, with 11 of them in Georgia, ABC News meteorologist Daniel Manzo said.

The fatalities in south Georgia follow the deaths of four people in the area of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Saturday morning after a large tornado touched down there, leaving destroyed homes, collapsed buildings, downed power lines, and residents trapped in their homes, authorities said.

Further north in Choctaw County, Mississippi, on Saturday at least four people were injured and at least 20 homes damaged from a possible tornado, the National Weather Service reported.

“At 3:45 a.m. CST, a confirmed tornado was located over West Hattiesburg, moving northeast at 50 mph,” read a National Weather Service warning of severe weather issued at 3:46 a.m.

William Carey University in downtown Hattiesburg also reported damage to its campus. A Facebook Live post gave a tour of damage to the university.

Ryan Moore, a reporter with ABC affiliate WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, tweeted several photos of the devastation, writing that multiple structures were damaged.



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Politicians, Activists Rally Crowd at Women’s March in Washington

ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —   Activists and politicians are participating in the Women’s March on Washington this morning, the biggest of hundreds of marches taking place today.

The rally featured speeches from women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, actress Ashley Judd and director Michael Moore among others.

A group of largely women senators and other politicians took the stage together at one point, including Kirsten Gillibrand, Claire McCaskill, and newly elected Senators Kamala Harris and Tammy Duckworth, who addressed the group as did Rep. Maxine Waters. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Cory Booker were also on stage.

With the timing and sheer number of people involved, it comes as little surprise that there are various causes attached to the march, which was largely billed as a demonstration in support of women’s rights and civil rights but for many has clear political undertones connected to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

While crowd estimates are fluctuating and have not been confirmed, the DC Metro system posted on Twitter that there have been 275,000 trips as of 11:00 a.m. this morning. By comparison, 193,000 trips had been taken by the same time on Friday ahead of the inauguration.

 Steinem thanked the crowd for showing up en masse, declaring, “We have people power and we will use it.”

“Thank you for understanding that sometimes we have to put our bodies where our beliefs are. Sometimes pressing send is not enough,” she said to the crowd, many of whom wore bright pink knitted hats.

 Steinem suggested that the size and energy of today’s gathering in Washington was a positive outgrowth of Trump’s election and inauguration.

“This is the upside of the downside. This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life. It is wide in age, it is deep in diversity,” Steinem said.

She praised “our great leaders” Barack and Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton “who told the whole world that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights,” quoting Clinton’s speech at a United Nations conference in 1995.

 Steinem then turned her focus to President Trump.

The new president’s “Twitter finger must not become a trigger finger,” she said.

Shortly before Steinem took the podium, actress America Ferrera was one of the first speakers at the rally ahead of the march, calling for supporters to “fight, oppose” the Trump administration.

 “Marchers, make no mistake. We are — every single one of us — under attack. Our safety and freedoms are on the chopping block,” she said.

Some of the homemade signs at the rally were related to Hillary Clinton, Trump’s campaign rival. One read “Still With Her” using a play on Clinton’s campaign slogan, and another read “Lock Him Up,” playing on a chant that some Trump supporters directed at Clinton during the campaign. Several “Stronger Together” posters from the Clinton campaign were spotted as well.

While she wasn’t there in person, Clinton gave her support via Twitter.

“We have to get busy folks. We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Moore said.

 The rally and ensuing march come the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

The inauguration drew hundreds of thousands of attendees on Friday in spite of wet weather, and today’s drier forecast may make the travel to Washington easier for today’s marchers.

A number of high-profile speakers are expected to address those at the rally, including Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Roberts, and director Michael Moore.

The demonstration in Washington is one of a series of similar women’s marches that are scheduled in major cities across the country and around the world.

Washington, D.C., police are expected to be out in full force, as they were on Friday when some protests against Trump turned violent, leading to the arrest of more than 200 people.

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Celebrities Show Support for Women’s Marches Around the World

Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  Celebrities are joining the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators at Women’s Marches around the globe.

For those who couldn’t physically attend, many have shared their sentiments of solidarity on social media.

The Women’s March on Washington, along with sister marches on six different continents, are focused on promoting equal rights for women and minorities.

The demonstrations, organized in part to protest the agenda of President Donald Trump, are being held just one day after he was sworn into office.

From Katy Perry to Padma Lakshmi, here are the celebs contributing to the cause:

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US Will Not Take Part in Syria Peace Talks in Kazakhstan

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The United States will not send a delegation to Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan, citing “Our presidential inauguration and the immediate demands of the transition,” the State Department announced Saturday. However, the United States ambassador to Kazakhstan will be an observer to the talks being sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran.

“The U.S. Government this week received an invitation from the Government of Kazakhstan to attend the January 23 talks in Astana,” said Mark Toner, the acting State Department spokesman. “We welcome and appreciate Kazakhstan’s invitation to participate as an observer.

“Given our presidential inauguration and the immediate demands of the transition, a delegation from Washington will not be attending the Astana conference,” Toner said. “The United States will be represented by our Ambassador to Kazakhstan.”

Toner added, “The United States is committed to a political resolution to the Syrian crisis through a Syrian-owned process, which can bring about a more representative, peaceful, and united Syria.”

Scheduled to begin on Monday, the talks in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana will bring together representatives from the Syrian government and rebels groups. Russia, Turkey and Iran arranged the talks following a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war enabled by the defeat of rebel forces in the northern city of Aleppo. Russian airstrikes and Iranian advisers supported the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the fight over the city.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has yet to schedule a vote on Rex Tillerson’s nomination to become the next Secretary of State that would lead to a full confirmation vote by the Senate.

For now, Thomas Shannon, a career diplomat and the previous under secretary for political and military affairs, is serving as acting secretary of state.

Last week, then Secretary of State John Kerry had urged the incoming Trump administration to attend the peace talks.

“My hope is the next administration will decide to go,” he said. “I think it would be good for them to go.”

Kerry told reporters traveling with him in Paris that he hoped the Astana talks would not be a substitute for stalled United Nations-led peace talks being held in Geneva, Switzerland, but would spur their resumption.

Reflecting the complexity of the Syrian Civil War, there is disagreement among the participants in the Astana talks about whether the United States should have participated.

While Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had expressed hope that the U.S. would participate in the talks, Iran opposed any American participation.

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Juan ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Will Soon Face Justice in the US

ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mexican drug lord Juan “El Chapo” Guzman is now in one of the most secure prisons in the U.S. after he was extradited to the U.S. late Thursday.

Guzman, who is a leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, is accused of running a “criminal enterprise responsible for importing into the United States and distributing massive amounts of illegal narcotics and for conspiring to murder people who posed a threat to the narcotics enterprise,” according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Officials allege Guzman committed crimes involving drug trafficking spanning over three decades. Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York said Friday that Guzman led a “life of crime, violence, death and destruction” and continued to grow his drug empire during his time in prison.

Guzman has escaped from prison twice; once in 2001 and a second time in 2015. He was recaptured in January 2016 and is now behind bars at New York City’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, which has housed mobster John Gotti and associates of Osama Bin Laden.

On Friday he pleaded not guilty to the 17-count indictment and is expected back in court next month.

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Canadian Protesters Allegedly Barred from Marching

iStock/Thinkstock(LACOLLE, Canada) — A number of Canadians travelling to the massive women’s rights rally in Washington were turned away at the border according to BBC News. Some say they were questioned before being allowed into the country.

Sasha Dyck, who was heading to Washington D.C., told the BBC that US officials stopped him and seven others who were crossing between Quebec and New York state. Dyck alleges he was fingerprinted, photographed, and had his phones confiscated and was asked they be unlocked and was then told to go “back to Canada.”

BBC reports Joseph Decunha from Montreal he was turned away at the Lacolle crossing point after he expressed he, his partner, and his friend “were quite vehemently anti-(Trump).”

US Customs and Border Protection told BBC News it was not at liberty to discuss individual cases.

Hundreds of Canadians travelled into the United States to participate in rallies while thousands of others are taking part in companion rallies across Canadian cities.

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Magic104.9’s Top Tracks







  1. “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5
  2. “Closer” by The Chain Smokers feat. Halsey
  3. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
  4. “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
  5. “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber

Meet Darla, Your Magic104.9 Pet of The Week!

Find Darla at the 31870027-DarlaAnimal Services Center of the Mesilla, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm.  Don’t be fooled by her initially shy demeanor – she is actually very playful and cuddly! Pull out a feather toy and watch how she opens up to you! Despite her lovely personality, Darla has been waiting at the shelter for about half a year. She is already spayed, vaccinated, chipped and ready to start her new life today! read more…

Meet Cuddle Bubbles, Your Magic104.9 Pet of The Week!

Find Cpet of weekuddle Bubbles at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm.  As her name suggests, Cuddle Bubbles is all love and spirit! It’s close to a year now that she’s been waiting at the ASCMV for her new family, but she’ll never let that get her down! Her upbeat and devoted demeanor is sure to brighten any home, so why not yours? read more…

Meet Bill & Ted, Your Magic104.9 Pet’s of The Week!

Fiimage002nd Bill & Ted at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm. These young brothers have been growing up in the kennels since their owner gave them to the ASCMV in June. With their first birthday just around the corner, their secret wish is to find a new home together with a caring family that will love them forever. read more…

Magic104.9’s Top Tracks







  1. “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5
  2. “Closer” by The Chain Smokers feat. Halsey
  3. “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
  4. “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes
  5. “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber

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