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Posted: Sep 18, 2013 1:05 AM

Updated: Sep 18, 2013 1:05 AM

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McAFEE NAMES AVRIL LAVIGNE, KATY PERRY, BRITNEY SPEARS DANGEROUS CELEBRITIES

NEW YORK (AP) You might get infected from Avril Lavigne. The computer security company McAfee says Lavigne is one of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online because of the risk of downloading viruses from dubious sites. Katy Perry and Britney Spears are considered dangerous as well. The most dangerous celebrity is actress Lily Collins, who starred in "Mirror, Mirror" and "The Blind Side," and who happens to be Phil Collins' daughter. McAfee says searching online for celebrities can be dangerous, especially if you're searching for naked pictures or free apps.

BRITNEY SPEARS TAKING OFF FOR VEGAS

NEW YORK (AP) Britney Spears is taking her act to Vegas. She will be spending a two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The show is titled: "Britney: Piece of Me" and will launch December 27 just as New Year's Eve crowds start showing up in Sin City. After the new year dawns, Spears will perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015. In an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," Spears proclaims herself "definitely ready" for the Vegas gig, saying she's been training five hours each day for the shows.

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Online:

Britney Spears Vegas site: http://www.britneypieceofme.com

DAVID CROSBY GIVES OK TO GRAHAM NASH FOR WILD STORY

NEW YORK (AP) Graham Nash spills all the details about his life in his new autobiography and only once did the legal department of his publisher get involved. Nash says the only time they called was to check out a story he tells about David Crosby. Nash says the story is about "Crosby selling his Mercedes to a crack dealer and the guy OD's and Crosby breaks into the house, while the body is still warm, and stole back the sales slip (for the car)." Nash says the lawyers wanted him to check with Crosby to make sure that really happened. Nash says Crosby told him, "Not only was it true, but I resold the car." Nash's memoir, "Wild Tales," is out this week.

INSANE CLOWN POSSE SUED BY EX-PUBLICIST AND LAWYER

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) She used to be the publicist and lawyer for Insane Clown Posse. But now Andrea Pellegrini is adding the role of plaintiff to her duties with the rap duo. She is suing the pair, saying she was sexually harassed and asked to perform illegal acts. The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1f3dcM3 ) says the lawsuit was filed in a Detroit suburb late last month. In the suit, Pellegrini says she was the target of "constant and pervasive harassment" including being given a large sex toy. She also claims she was asked to automatic weapons for a photo shoot. Pellegrini worked at Psychopathic Records from 2009 to 2012, when she was fired.

KENDRICK LAMAR LEADS SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS

NEW YORK (AP) Kendrick Lamar has a shot at taking home six Soul Train Music Awards. The rapper's half-dozen nods include those for album of the year, as well as song and video of the year. Though he leads with six nominations, there are other acts who have racked up multiple nods, too. Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown and Tamar Braxton each have five. Lamar's album will compete with discs by Timberlake, Miguel, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Fantasia for album of the year honors. Lamar's other nominations include best new artist, hip-hop song of the year and collaboration.

The Soul Train Awards will be presented November 8 in Las Vegas and will air nearly a month later on BET and Centric. The host of the show will be actor and comedian Anthony Anderson.

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Online:

BET site: http://www.bet.com/

Centric site: http://www.centrictv.com

JACK JOHNSON'S EVERYDAY STATE OF MIND

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Would you want to listen to a song about a guy dropping his kids off at school or taking out the trash? Maybe not but one of the songs on Jack Johnson's new CD is titled "Washing Dishes." He says he was in a domestic state of mind when he was working on his album "From Here to Now to You." Johnson says during that time he was in "kind of my own little bubble" so he wrote about some of the mundane things he did like dish washing. He says it was a comfortable place from which to write.

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Online:

Jack Johnson http://www.jackjohnsonmusic.com

SARA BAREILLES HAS NO BEEF WITH KATY PERRY

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'-ihs) never had a problem with Katy Perry, so she doesn't know why others tried to stir up controversy. Fans have pointed out similarities between the Bareilles song "Brave" and Perry's song "Roar." Bareilles says she's been longtime friends with Perry and they spoke about the similarities. Bareilles says she looks at it as "two female artists who are releasing a message of empowerment." Bareilles says she was upset that fans got aggressive about it, because she does not promote drama. Bareilles says she and Perry joked about doing a mash-up of their songs to show everyone they're not mad at each other.

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<> 00:16 "stuff like that"

Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'--ihs), singer-songwriter

Sara Bareilles says fans got more upset than she did over the comparisons between her song "Brave" and Katy Perry's "Roar."

<> 00:13 "message of empowerment"

Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'--ihs), singer-songwriter

Sara Bareilles says she spoke to Katy Perry about the similarity between their two songs.

<> 00:14 "problems with it"

Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'--ihs), singer-songwriter

Sara Bareilles says people got upset on her behalf over the Katy Perry song but they didn't need to do that.

<> 00:07 "at each other"

Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'--ihs), singer-songwriter

Sara Bareilles was asked if she's considered a mash-up of her song "Brave" with Katy Perry's song "Roar."

AVICII COMBINES HOUSE MUSIC AND WHAT?

NEW YORK (AP) Avicii (ah-VEE'-chee) knew he was asking for it when he put out a song that combined country and house music, like on "Wake Me Up." He prefers the term "folk" over "country," though. He says folk music is simple because it's all melody and rhythm, and putting a beat under it wasn't forcing anything. To make things more interesting, the vocalist on "Wake Me Up" is Aloe Blacc and he used to be a rapper. Avicii says the song came with some controversy just because he was combining two very different elements, but once people gave it a chance, they realized it was a decent song. It appears on his album "True," which came out yesterday.

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<> 00:17 "melody and rhythm"

Avicii (ah-VEE'-chee), musician

Avicii says "Wake Me Up" combines country and dance elements, but he prefers the term "folk" over "country." ((note length of cut))

<> 00:13 "was forcing anything"

Avicii (ah-VEE'-chee), musician

Avicii says "Wake Me Up" blends folk and house music and still keeping it natural.

<> 00:17 "it's pretty good"

Avicii (ah-VEE'-chee), musician

Avicii says "Wake Me Up" generated a lot of attention merely because of the elements. ((note length of cut))

<> 00:15 "gone so well"

Avicii (ah-VEE'-chee), musician

Avicii says "Wake Me Up" is not the best song on his "True" album, but it was the best song for the first single.

RICK ROSS HAS NO BEEF WITH REEBOK

ATLANTA (AP) Rick Ross says he's still down with Reebok, even though the sneaker maker is no longer down with him. He was dropped as a Reebok spokesman after he got criticism for a song in which he raps about giving a woman MDMA and having sex wth her. Even though Reebok cut ties with Ross in April, he still rocks the brand. He says he's he has "been wearing Reebok" his whole life and even now he still has "got nothing but love for Reebok." He says he he's sorry to any woman who was offended by his lyrics.

SHERYL CROW PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER COUNTRY FORBEARS

NEW YORK (AP) Sheryl Crow says female songwriters like her owe a big debt of gratitude to artists like Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Crow says those country artists broke ground that made it easier for her to follow in their footsteps. She notes Wynette sang about using "the pill" at a time when few people were even comfortable speaking about it. And Wynette did the same thing when she sang about divorce. Crow says they inspired her to make music about her life. She notes that she's not a 20-something youngster, but an older working mom and she's glad she had people who came before her that made it possible for her to tell her stories in song.

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Sound:

<> 00:11 "and Willie Nelson"

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow says she has a varied country music background.

<> 00:17 "way I am"

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow says country icons like Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette paved the way for her to write country music about life as she knows it.

<> 00:06 "might have covered"

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow says the music of those classic female country artists speak to her life today.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN DOES TRIBUTE TO ARGENTINA IN SPANISH

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Bruce Springsteen had a special message for the people of Argentina. And he wanted to convey it during his show over the weekend in Buenos Aires. But he was too tired to sing it without messing up the Spanish lyrics so he told fans to check out his Web site in the days to come. By Tuesday, he posted on his site a soulful version of the Leon Gieco song, "I only ask of God" (Solo le pido a Dios)." Springsteen says he learned the song from the late Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa. He says he wanted to leave the song as a gift to the people of Argentina.

MADONNA PREPARES FILM AS PART OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION INITIATIVE

NEW YORK (AP) Madonna is hoping to change the world through film. She has created a 17-minute movie with director Steve Klein called "secretprojectrevolution," to launch an online global initiative called Art For Freedom to foster freedom of expression. She hopes the initiative will "give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency." The film will be available for free beginning next Tuesday.

PAUL McCARTNEY, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WILL BE ON "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jimmy Kimmel will have two separate guests next week worthy of shutting down Hollywood Boulevard. Paul McCartney will sit down for an interview with Kimmel, then perform on the street on Monday's show. The next night, Justin Timberlake will also chat with Kimmel and perform on the street.

TRACE ADKINS AND DANICA PATRICK WILL HOST AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) Trace Adkins returns as host for the American Country Awards, but he's got a new partner. NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will be his co-host for the awards show, which airs December 10 on Fox. It's Adkins' fourth time hosting the event.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE LEADS FOR MTV EMA NOMINATIONS

LONDON (AP) Justin Timberlake and Macklemore and Lewis are leading the way in nominations for the European version of the MTV music awards. Both acts have five nods. Timberlake is up for best male artist, best live, best look, best U.S. act and best video. Meanwhile the rap duo will compete for best new artist, best hip hop, best song, best U.S. act and best world stage prizes. Other multiple nominated acts include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke all with four. The MTV EMAs will be given out in Amsterdam on November 10.

MICHAEL JACKSON ITEM DRAWS ATTENTION IN AUCTION OF DISGRACED EX-CONGRESSMAN'S STUFF

CHICAGO (AP) An autographed Michael Jackson poster is getting the most interest from would-be buyers at a government auction of items from former congressman Jesse Jackson Junior. The online sell-off is a bid by the federal government to recoup part of the $750,000 in campaign funds Jackson and his wife Sandra illegally spent. The autographed, framed posted dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album had drawn 45 bids by last night. At the time the highest bid was for more than $1,500. Bidding ends September 26.

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Online:

Auction site: http://www.txauction.com

by Margie Szaroleta and Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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