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Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn Has a Crisis of Faith in Solo Video Debut

Meredith TruaxNeon TreesTyler Glenn takes aim at the Mormon church in the video for his solo debut, “Trash.” The visuals, which premiered on Rolling Stone Friday, reflect the openly gay singer’s conflicted relationship with the religion and its stance on the LGBT community.

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Tyler sings, while surrounded by references to his former faith. He even spits at a modified portrait of the church’s founder, Joseph Smith.

“I needed to make this statement to artfully show the pain of a faith crisis and the darkness of doubt,” Tyler says in a statement. “But also that there are ways to reclaim what is yours — I’m beginning to reclaim what is mine now with this song, with this video and with this record.”

Tyler came out to Rolling Stone back in 2014, and at the time he was also a practicing Mormon. But he says his views changed after the church confirmed last year that they would ban gay members.

His first solo album is set to be released this fall.

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Lionel Richie Explains Why Prince Declined “We Are the World”

Credit: Alan SilfenAs the music world mourns the loss of pop icon Prince, celebrities and artists who had the opportunity to work with the eccentric musician provide anecdotal stories of the singer — including Lionel Richie, who says that the “Purple Rain” artist refused to do the “We Are the World” collaboration simply because he didn’t want to.

According to Richie, who co-wrote the 1985 charity song with Michael Jackson, Prince was invited to participate in the A-list collaborative effort, but declined last minute.

“I mean, I sat on the phone with him for the longest time,” Richie told Access Hollywood. “I said, ‘Prince, we’re all down [here] waiting on you.’ He says, ‘Can I do it in a separate room?’ ‘Okay, I’ll call you back later.'”

Lionel continued, “I would love to tell you that that’s different from anything else he’s ever done. That’s just Prince. Of course he’s not going to be at a group of singers at the time when we want him to show up.”

Richie also revealed that he had to try real hard to get the singer to attend the American Music Awards that year, which Lionel hosted, but according to the “All Night Long” singer, it was difficult “to talk him into showing up.”

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The Chainsmokers Get a Hydraulic Boost in “Don’t Let Me Down” Video, Featuring Daya

Disruptor Records/Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers run into car trouble in the official music video for “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya.

In the clip, the electronic duo encounters Daya and a group of female dancers while driving through the woods. During their face-off, The Chainsmokers’ vintage lowrider starts to bounce out of control.

The duo, joined by Daya, recently performed the song at Coachella. The Chainsmokers previously released a lyric video for the tune, which follows a couple dealing with the ups and downs of their relationship.

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Classic Rock All-Stars Shine as HBO Airs 2016 Rock Hall Ceremony Tonight

Kevin Mazur; Kevin Kane/Courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — The HBO special featuring highlights from the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres tonight at 8:00 ET/PT, just over three weeks after the event was held in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s class of inductees included four classic-rock acts that many music fans felt had been long overlooked — Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and Cheap Trick — along with the influential rap act N.W.A.

In the weeks leading up the ceremony, conflicts over the post-induction performances led to key original members of Deep Purple and Chicago — guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer/bassist Peter Cetera, respectively — boycott the event. But the artists who did take part delivered plenty of heartfelt and humorous speeches and performances. 

Among the highlights:

— Deep Purple was inducted by longtime superfan Lars Ulrich of heavy metal superstars Metallica, who gave a speech in which he wondered why it took so long for Purple to be inducted, since they’ve been eligible since 1993.  Deep Purple’s current lineup performed “Highway Star,” “Hush” and, of course, their classic “Smoke on the Water.”

— Miller was inducted by The Black Keys, and he gave a speech in which he called for the Rock Hall’s induction process to become more transparent, and for more women to be inducted.  He and his current band played “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock ‘n Me” and “The Joker,” a song he claimed saved his career.

— N.W.A. was inducted by acclaimed rapper and fellow Compton, California, native Kendrick Lamar.

— Chicago was welcomed into the Rock Hall by Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas.

— While Cetera was a no-show, original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, who left the band in 1990, took part in the induction and the performance. Thomas joined Chicago to sing “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and the band also played “Saturday in the Park” and “25 or 6 to 4.”

— Cheap Trick were ushered into the Hall of Fame by Kid Rock.  Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos reunited with his fellow founding members for the first time since 2010 to play “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” and “Dream Police.”

— The all-star jam at the end of the night featured a rendition of Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame,” which Cheap Trick had covered in 1979.

— Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne teamed up with indie-pop singer Kimbra and The Roots to pay tribute to the late David Bowie with a performance of “Fame.”

— Sheryl Crow and Grace Potter collaborated on a version of The Eagles’ “New Kid in Town” in honor of the late Glenn Frey.

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs tonight on HBO.

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“Work Wives” Jennifer Aniston & Jason Sudeikis Together Again in “Mother’s Day”

Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in “Mother’s Day”; Ron Batzdorff/Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Aniston is married to Justin Theroux and Jason Sudeikis is expecting his second child with actress Olivia Wilde, but the two agreed that starring in their fifth collaboration together, Mother’s Day, makes them like “work wives.”

“Indeed,” said Sudeikis, who stars in the new dramedy as a widower with two kids whose budding romance with Aniston’s divorced mom-of-two character begins awkwardly.

Sudeikis, 40, and Aniston, 47, told ABC News’ Matt Gutman it was the allure of working with famed director Garry Marshall that drew them to the movie, which also stars Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson.

“That’s the only thing,” Aniston said, joking that she didn’t even need to see a script.

Aniston began filming Mother’s Day in Atlanta, Georgia, shortly after her August 2015 wedding to Theroux. The close timing led Sudeikis to joke that the newlyweds had honeymooned in the Southern city.

“The aquarium,” Sudeikis joked of an Atlanta honeymoon destination, prompting a laugh from Aniston.

Wherever Aniston may be, don’t expect the actress to broadcast it on social media. The former Friends star called the new form of communication “so much pressure.”

“It’s such a part of the world now, that sort of transparency, so I just kind of prefer not to,” she said.

Mother’s Day opens in theaters nationwide today.

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Allison Janney Reprises “West Wing” Character During Surprise White House Press Briefing Appearance

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesIt’s been quite a while since The West Wing was on TV, but one of its stars showed up in character at a White House press briefing on Friday.

Allison Janney, who played White House press secretary C.J. Cregg for seven seasons on The West Wing, surprised reporters by popping up in the White House press briefing room.  When asked where the actual press secretary, Josh Earnest, was, Janney joked, “Josh is out today.  I believe it’s a root canal.”  Reporters laughed, because Janney was referencing a specific episode of The West Wing where her character had a root canal.

“Yeah, he has a root canal, but let’s be honest I’m better at this than he is anyway,” she cracked.

In all seriousness, Janney was there because her character on her current show, Mom, is a recovering addict.  She paid tribute to the White House Champions of Change, a group involved in substance abuse issues, and she also spoke about the general opiod epidemic in the U.S.  

“This is a disease that can touch anybody and all of us can help reduce drug abuse through evidenced-based treatment, prevention and recovery,” she said.

As Cregg, Janney took one question: who is President Bartlet — the character played by Martin Sheen in The West Wing — supporting in the Democratic primary?  She snapped, “I think you know the answer to that question.”

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Report: Ravens Did Not Draft Laremy Tunsil with No. 6 Overall Pick Because of Video

Jon Durr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Although Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was the Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick, it’s possible he could’ve ended up with the Baltimore Ravens if it weren’t for a last-minute social media scandal.

Sources told ESPN the Ravens would’ve taken Tunsil with the No. 6 overall pick if a video showing the football player smoking from a bong had not surfaced on social media.

Instead, the Ravens selected Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley at No. 6 as the Miami Dolphins drafted Tunsil at No. 13.

According to ESPN, the seven-spot drop caused Tunsil to lose $7 million in the draft.

Dolphins officials defended their decision on Friday, saying “mistakes were made” but adding him to the roster was a “no-brainer.”

The video was posted on Tunsil’s verified Twitter account right before the draft. At a press conference Thursday night, he admitted to taking the video, but said somebody hacked his account.

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Lakers Announce Luke Walton as New Head Coach

Jason Miller/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Lakers have announced an agreement with Luke Walton to become their new head coach.

Walton spent nine seasons with the Lakers, winning two championship rings  and now will return to the team as the 26th coach, according to ESPN.

Lakers’ general manager Mitch Kupchak announced the deal on Friday.

“We’re excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he’s going to start an outstanding coaching career,” said Kupchak. “He’s one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he’ll be leading the on-court future of our team.”

Walton is currently an assistant with the Golden State Warriors and will start with the Lakers when the Warriors’ season ends.

“I loved everything about my time at Golden State and learning from Steve [Kerr],” Walton told ESPN. “I’ll forever be grateful to him, the organization and the team. But I have always dreamed of being a head coach and the chance to do that for an organization like the Lakers doesn’t come around very often.”

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Cowboys Draft Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith in Second Round Despite Knee Injury

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — Despite a knee injury, Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday, at 34th overall.

According to ESPN, the team chose Smith knowing that he would not play in 2016. One of the Cowboys’ doctors, Dr. Daniel Cooper, performed Smith’s surgery and is familiar with his recovery process.

Smith has been recovering from a torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee sustained in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State in January, his final college game.

In his three-year starter career with Notre Dame, Smith totaled 293 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

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Florida Man Helps Homeless Woman Learn How to Read

Courtesy Greg Smith(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A Florida man who was moved by a homeless woman who never asked him for money, even though he passed her every day on his way to work, said he finally found a way to help her only after she “dropped a bomb” on him – she never learned to read.

Greg Smith wrote in a now viral Facebook post that a woman who introduced herself as “Amy Joe” offered him polite greetings instead of requests for money as he went by her daily on his way to work in downtown Orlando. It led to the two having lunch every Tuesday.

“For 30 min to an hour I get to hear how positive she is even though she really has nothing,” he wrote.

During one of those sitdowns, Smith, 25, wrote that his new friend “dropped a bomb on me.”

“She cannot read. Amy Joe does not smoke, drink, have a drug addiction, or anything to that nature,” he explained. “She simply just has never had anyone teach her how to read.

“She began to tell me any money that she can collect she uses to check out library books that help with learning to read instead of buying FOOD,” Smith continued. “So now not only do Amy Joe and I sit and have lunch, I’m teaching her to read. I rent one library book a week and we read it together Tuesday and she practices on her own throughout the rest of the week.”

Smith told ABC News that Amy Joe was ecstatic about their weekly reading date.

“She lit up! I could see in her face that she felt amazing,” he said.

The sales account executive said he shared Amy Joe’s story not to brag, but to inspire others to be kind.

And thanks to the large response, Smith started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a new foundation he said he plans to start to benefit the homeless in his community. He’s dubbed it the Amy Joe Foundation. As of Saturday, he’s raised a little more than $1,000 and has already met with a lawyer to develop the organization, he said. He has even decided on his slogan: “One person at a time.”

“I want to be able to help anybody, whether it be giving them some food or clothes,” Smith said. “I don’t want to just narrow it down to helping people read because there’s so many other people that need more help.”

And how does Amy Joe feel about what she’s started?

Smith said he told her that their story went viral Friday.

“She thought it was amazing,” he added. “She said, ‘I can’t wait!'”

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‘Harry Potter’ Fan Paints J.K. Rowling’s Book in Fun Home DIY Project

Courtesy of Meredith McCardle (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — One Potterhead took her love for the Harry Potter franchise to a new level after she spent nearly a month painting the first page of J.K. Rowling’s popular book series on a wall in her home.

Young adult author Meredith McCardle recently moved into a new home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and decided she wanted to turn her home office into a haven of inspiration to write.

She originally wanted to stencil a French poem on her wall, but a friend suggested to the mother of two to instead “pick something that means something to you.”

Harry Potter was one of those books that I read when I was in college and I fell in love with it,” she told ABC News. “It kick-started my love for young adult literature and that’s what I write now.”

McCardle, 39, said it took immense planning to pull off writing the first few words of Rowling’s 1997 novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Instead of buying a stencil, which she said would’ve cost thousands of dollars, McCardle said, “I just decided to do it old school. My mom’s a teacher so I borrowed her projector to create a stencil.”

Courtesy of Meredith McCardle

The author then “painstakingly” filled in each projected word with black paint onto her wall.

“I did it all myself,” she added, proudly.

But what she thought would be a quick four-hour project, turned into a three-week effort.

“I made a serious miscalculation,” McCardle admitted. “But I’m not a quitter.”

McCardle’s hard work paid off. After sharing the now viral photos on her Twitter account, she even got the attention of Rowling herself.

Courtesy of Meredith McCardle

“I thought, ‘There’s no way she’ll see this in a million years,'” she recalled. “But she eventually saw it and she favorited it and from that point it exploded. It was a really cool moment. It felt very surreal.”

For now, McCardle doesn’t have any other Harry Potter DIY projects in the works.

“I’m taking a break,” she revealed. “I’m very sick of painting.”

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More Rain, Flash Flooding, Thunderstorms Slam the South

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(HOUSTON) — Heavy rain and thunderstorms are slamming the South, one day after storms bringing flash flooding, tornadoes, and giant hail ripped through the area.

The threat for severe weather Saturday covers a large area, including Houston, New Orleans, Nashville and St. Louis, and up to southern Illinois and Indiana.

Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect for parts of east Texas and central Mississippi, while a severe thunderstorm watch is effect until Saturday evening for eastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi.





The weather turned fatal early Saturday morning in eastern Texas, when a 64-year-old woman and four grandchildren were found dead amid flooding in Palestine. The town received nearly 8 inches of rain in less than 12 hours.

In Lindale, Texas, a tornado swept through the area Friday, destroying parts of the town and leaving several injured. Smith County, which includes the city of Lindale, issued a disaster declaration.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, the flooding was severe enough Friday to partially submerge a car.

In Oklahoma and Texas, hail — some pieces bigger than a softball — fell from the sky Friday.

In Kansas, a nickel-sized piece ricocheted off the ground and hit a woman in the tooth.

Rounds of heavy rain are expected to continue Saturday evening along parts of the Gulf Coast. Areas of heavy rain are also expected to hit farther north in the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic.

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More Than 80 Refugees Missing After Boat Sinks Off Libyan Coast

iStock/Thinkstock(LAMPEDUSA, Italy) — More than 80 refugees are feared missing after their boat sank off the coast of Libya.

An Italian merchant ship was able to rescue 26 survivors after the Italian coast guard received a satellite phone call Friday. The inflatable dinghy was found taking on water in rough waves of up to 7 feet, according to BBC.

The International Organization for Migration said testimonies gathered from asylum seekers indicated that 84 people were missing.

A spokesperson for the Italian coast guard told BBC similar dinghies used were usually full, carrying 100-120 people.

The rescued refugees were brought to Lampedusa, an Italian island south of Sicily, on Saturday.

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Iraqi Protesters Storm Baghdad Parliament, State of Emergency Declared

Haydar Hadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — Tensions were high in Iraq Saturday after anti-government protesters, chanting anti-government slogans and carrying Iraqi flags, climbed over blast walls surrounding Baghdad’s highly-fortified Green Zone for the first time ever.

A state of emergency was declared when the supporters of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr broke through the area, home to most ministries and foreign embassies including the U.S. embassy.

In a television appearance, al-Sadr accused Iraqi politicians of blocking efforts for reform, many of which have been proposed by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who took office in 2014.

The protesters stormed Iraq’s parliament after a parliament session was postponed because it failed to reach a quorum on Saturday. Al-Abadi was expected to introduce several new ministers who were non-partisan technocrats to help tackle corruption.

Iraqi President Fuad Masum called on protesters to evacuate the building and said politicians needed to implement the new cabinet and fight corruption.

According to BBC, protesters settled outside parliament as dusk fell Saturday.

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Kenya Protests Poaching by Burning Pile of Ivory

TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has set fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in protest of poaching.

The tusks of nearly 7,000 elephants are being burned  in Nairobi National Park.  They were taken from rhinos and elephants that were poached, as well as from those that died naturally, the government says. The ivory was collected from Kenya’s parks and confiscated at its ports.

Before igniting the first pyre, Kenyatta said the fire shows his country’s commitment to saving Africa’s elephants.

“The height of the pile of ivory before us marks the strength of our resolve,” he said.

“No-one, and I repeat no-one, has any business in trading in ivory, for this trade means death of our elephants and death of our natural heritage.”

The burning comes after African leaders meeting in Kenya urged an end to illegal trade in ivory, according to BBC News.

Some conservationists have expressed opposition to the ivory burn in Kenya, saying destroying so much of a rare commodity could increase its value and encourage more poaching, BBC News reports.

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Brake For Britney on Magic 104.9!

Magic 104.9 wants to send you to see Iconic Pop Sensation Britney Spears at her “Piece of Me” Residency in Las Vegas!

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Magic’s Top Tracks

Magic’s Top Tracks
#1 7 Years by Lukas Graham
#2 One Call Away by Charlie Puth
#3 Love Yourself  by Justin Bieber
#4 Cake By The Ocean by DNCE
#5 Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots

LIVE BROADCAST: Trinity @ Planet Fitness & Magic Mike with Convoy Of Hope

LIVE BROADCAST: Trinity @ Planet Fitness & Magic Mike with Convoy Of Hope

Join Trinity at the brand new Planet Fitness at 1100 N Telshor this Friday from 4pm-6pm For only $1 down and $10 a month you can become a gym member! With this membership you’re gonna get a clean, stylish gym with brand-name cardio and strength equipment, and a lot of happy people!

Magic Mike  will be live at NMSU Intramural Field this Saturday, April 30th from 10am – 12 noon. Join Magic Mike as 104.9 Partners with Las Cruces Convoy of Hope for this community event which will provide free groceries, free health services, free Haircuts, free family portraits and so much more!


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