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Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Angie Briley, in our Bud n Boiling contest. She won a crawfish boiling pot, crawfish table, beer and a sack of crawfish. Shown here are Rodney Moras, Angie Briley, KVPI's Becky Vidrine and Wes Clark. Both Rodney and Wes represent Southwest Beverage, our local Budweiser Distributor.

Get Ready to Win in our KVPI

Get ready to win in our "Bud and Boilin" contest. Call us at 506-2444 when you hear the cue to call (Elvis singing Crawfish). You must be 21 or older. One qualifer per family. Grand prize drawing is set for Good Friday. Our grand prize winner will win a Crawfish boiling pot, crawfish table, a sack of crawfish and Budweiser beer. Good luck from Oldies 92-5 KVPI and Southwest Beverage.

New Doo Wop Oldies Show Begins Sunday Nights on Oldies 92-5 KVPI

Oldies 92.5 KVPI is proud to announce a new 50's Doo Wop Oldies Show Sunday nights from 9:00-12 midnight. Cool Bobby B's "Doo Wop Stop" heard from coast to coast will now be heard each weekend in Acadiana on Oldies 92-5 KVPI and on

Visit with Tiffany Heinen of Party Down South


Tiffany Heinen, star on the reality TV show Party Down South recently paid a visit to the JC & Randy Show. 

Click here to listen to clips!

KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year


    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.

     In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.

     KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival  and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.

    KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.

    During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship


Tiffany from CMT's Party Down South was a special guest on The JC & Randy Show this morning!


Be sure to catch Party Down South on Thursday nights @ 9 pm on CMT!

Fighting for Farrah

Two year old Farrah Courville of Ville Platte, LA is being treated at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, TN for Neuroblastoma, a tumor on her kidney.  Her parents, Jarred Courville and Katrina M. Deville, of Ville Platte, LA, picked up their lives, left their jobs and boarded a flight to Memphis to be with their baby as she faces surgery, chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, a bone marrow transplant and radiation.  They've been told they will be in Memphis a minimum of 18 months.

According to Farrah’s parents, her chemo treatments are causing terrible diaper rash issues and her Mom has found only one brand of diaper is better suited for Farrah’s needs.  The Pampers Swaddlers, Size 5T, is the only brand Farrah does not have any issue with but, the problem is that this brand is not available through St. Jude’s Hospital therefore, they have to supply their own.  Right now, Farrah has to be changed every hour, if not more, and they are going through approximately 24 diapers on a daily basis; sometimes more.  Farrah’s Mom, Katrina, assured us that she will share any diapers that Farrah doesn’t need with the other babies at St. Jude’s.

Note from Farrah’s Mom:

Due to the chemotherapy causing several side effects, including skin sensitivity, upset stomach, and diaper rash, Farrah has to use only one type of diaper which is Pampers Swaddlers, 5T.  We tried all of the others that St. Jude’s does carry and nothing else works.  It has been so bad that we had to get wound care to take a look and it only got better when we began using this particular type of diaper along with barrier wipes and prescription butt balm and changing her every hour or before if she is wet.  They are the most expensive diaper and she needs much more than usual since we change her often and we are having to provide our own even when we’re inpatient because St. Jude’s does not carry them.

According to Farrah’s parents, her first operation will take place in about a month.  She has been through several rounds of chemo thus far leading up to the first surgery.  We will keep you posted on her progress.  You can also follow Farrah on her mom’s FB Page at

You can also help by sending coupons for diapers and monetary donations for the family, as well. (Checks can be made to Jarred Courville or Katrina M. Deville)  Gift cards are also accepted.  There is also a “Go Fund Me” Account set-up with all money raised going straight to Farrah and her family to help with whatever essentials they are needing while at St. Jude’s.

There are so many volunteers working with selling T-Shirts, jewelry, benefit pageants, a fundraiser in Turkey Creek on May 17th, etc.  Family, friends and total strangers are pulling together to help this family. 

Contact info is:  St. Judes Hospital, ATTN:  Farrah Courville, 350 N. 3rd St., Memphis, TN  38105.  Contact telephone number for Katrina M. Deville is:  901-356-0338.

Win Monster Jam Tickets on Oldies 92.5 KVPI

Get ready to win family four packs of tickets to attend the Monster Jam Show Sunday March 16 at the Cajundome in Lafayette. Call us at 506-2444 when you hear the Monster Truck sound effect. We will qualify you for the drawing on Thursday March 13. Good luck from your friends at Oldies 92-5 KVPI!

J.C. and Randy Show


Catch the  J.C.and Randy  Show weekday mornings from 9-12 noon on Oldies 92-5 KVPI.

Great conversation and classic hits from the 70's, 80's and 90's.

Thirsty Thursday is Back!!

J.C and Randy Broadcasts Live at Swamp Pop Museum

Oldies 92-5's J.C. and Randy took their show on the road Friday at the Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum for the museum's third anniversary. Several Swamp Pop music stars were on hand including Bobby "Boo Ga" Page who cracked up our two hosts.

4-H Students visited KVPI to tape National 4-H Week messages

Evangeline Parish 4-H Students visited KVPI Studios recently to tape National 4-H Week messages to air October 7-11.

The Mamou High Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios

The Mamou High Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios to record special cheers to be used on the air during football season. Go Mamou High!!

Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders Visited KVPI Studios Sept. 11

The Pine Prairie High School Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios Sept. 11 to record special cheers during football season. Go Panthers!

Sacred Heart Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

The Sacred Heart High School Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios to record special cheers that will air in the next few days. Go Trojans!

Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

The Basile High Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios to record special cheers for football season on Sept. 13. Here they are visiting with DJ Swabby.

KVPI/Crawfish Barn Player of the Week

Kendrick Ceaser, the KVPI/Crawfish Barn Player of the Week!


Oldies 92-5 KVPI will be giving away tickets to see The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute Show

Congratulations to our winners: Gloria Lafleur, Tommy Morris, Becky Buller, Patrice Fontenot and Connie Cary. They each won a pair of tickets to join J.C. and Randy at the Fab Four concert Saturday September 14 at Paragon Casino. Thanks toi everyone who qualified.

Listen to our coverage of the Ville Platte 8 Year old All Stars in State Competition

Be sure to listen in as we cover our Ville Platte 8 Year Old All Stars as they host the State Tournament at our new Recreational Facility. Go All Stars!

Ville Platte 9 Year Olds Compete in State Tournament in Pineville

Be sure to tune in as we cover the Ville Platte 9 year old All Stars in the State Tournament live from Pineville.

Ville Platte 12 Year Olds in District Tournament Live From Vinton

The Ville Platte 12 year old Dixie Youth Majors All Stars are in the District Tournament this week from Vinton over Oldies 92-5 KVPI with Sports Director Randy Guillory.

Ville Platte Super Ten's All Stars playing in the District Tournament over KVPI AM

KVPI 1050 AM is following our Ville Platte Super Ten's All Stars in Deridder with Sports Announcer Lance Reed.

KVPI FM is following our Ville Platte 12 year old all stars playing the District Tournament in Vinton with Sports Director Randy Guillory.

We're Giving Away Blue Bayou Tickets to Lucky Listener Club Members

Congratulations to our winners in our Blue Bayou ticket giveaway. We drew from our growing membership rolls of our FM Listener E Club and our AM Backstage Pass Club. Here are our winners: Tracy Gautreaux, Sonia Ardoin, Tommy Atkinson, Debbie Charlie, Dayna Fontenot, Vivian LaFleur, , Shawn Soileau, Jessie Reed, Heather Thomas and April Domingue.

J.C. and Randy Facebook Fan of the Week

Congratulations to Holly Romero, our Facebook Fan of the Week, meeting with J.C. and Randy during their live radio show.

Ville Platte Dixie Youth 11 Year Old All Stars in District Tourney Live on KVPI FM This Weekend

Smoked Meat Festival This Weekend in Ville Platte
News and Events for The 21st Annual Smoked Meat Festival Admission to Festival: Adults.....$9.00 Children under 12 years.....$2.00 ***ID's REQUIRED, No ice chests or pets allowed Lawn chairs welcomed! Friday, June 28th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.......Set up of booths -- Civic Center Grounds 4:00 pm.........................Festival gates open to the public 6:00 pm.........................BANDS BEGIN (times approximate) 12:00Midnight..............Music Ends; Festival ground must be cleared by 1:00 am Saturday, June 29th 8:00 - 9:00 am .............Cookery contestants check in at Registration desk at the Civic Center 8:00 am.........................Festival gates open to the public 9:00 am - Noon.............Hospitality Room -- Civic Center Meeting (open to veterans & invited guest only) 10:00-1:00-Live remote broadcast over Oldies 92.5 KVPI FM 11:00 - 11:30 am ..........Cookery contestants turn in contest entries in the Civic Center 12:00Noon.....................Festival Opening Ceremony - Main Band Stand Guest Speaker Walt Piper CSM US Army Ret and original member of Cajun Pawn Stars 5:00pm..........................2013 Smoked Meat Royalty Introduced 2013 Cook off Winners Announced. 6:00pm......................... Music Starts 12:00Midnight..............Music ends; food booths open till midnight 1:00 am.........................Festival gates close. Festival grounds must be cleared. BAND SCHEDULE for the 21st Smoked Meat Festival Friday June 28th Music Line Up: 6:00 - 8:00 ..................................Wicked Waters 8:00 - 10:00 ................................Jamie Bergeron 10:00 - 12:00 ..............................Catagory 6 Saturday June 29th Music Line Up 6:00 - 8:15 ..................................James Dupre 8:15 - 10:30 ................................90 Degrees West 10:30 - 12:00 ..............................John Michael Montgomery

Get ready to win circus tickets to the Cajundome

Congratulations to our winners in our ticket giveaway:

Hope Fontenot, Sandra Fontenot and Brittany Pierce each won a four pack of tickets while Meghan Hudspeth won a pair of tickets to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus coming to the Cajundome. Thanks to everyone who qualified.


Classic Rock Summer Kick Off Saturday May 25

First Annual Evangeline Parish French Camp for Kids

The First Annual Parish French Camp for Kids June 17-21 at Chataignier Elementary School from 9:00am to 12 noon. The camp is for children ages 4-7. Children will play, sing, exercise, color and count in French . There will be a little showcase for parents, grand parents and friends at the end of the camp. Special discount pricing for early bird registration by May 10. Final deadline to register is May 31. Registration forms are available at KVPI, Ville Platte City Hall and Ville Platte Library. Let's make this a big success by signing up your children today.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner in our Mystery Mom Contest

Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Jamie Ardoin, shown on the right, being presented the Paragon Casino prize certificates from  KVPI's Cheryl DeBaillon . That is her daughter holding her Mother's Day bouquet from the Flower Patch.

Oldies 92-5 KVPI has a special prize for Mom on Mother's Day

Congratulations to our winners in our Mystery Mom contest. Our Grand Prize winner is Jamie Ardoin. She has won a $350 prize package at Paragon Casino including a one night stay, meal and a spa treatment. Our consolation moms each won a bouquet of flowers compliments of The Flower Patch in Ville Platte. They are: Annette Johnson, Carolyn menard, Liz Lafleur and Betsy Fontenot. Thanks to everyone who qualified. Happy Mother's Day from Oldies 92.5.

CBS News Commentator Dave Ross joins KVPI Noon Report

CBS News Commentator Dave Ross joins the KVPI Noon News reportstarting Monday at 12:05. Hear his take on what's going on in the world weekdays on Noon Report on KVPI AM and FM.

Boggy Bayou Representatives visit J.C. and Randy

Boggy Bayou Festival President Bernice Ardoin, in the middle,  along with current Boggy Bayou Festival Queen Carly Chaumont, in rear, visits with J.C. and Randy during their show today.

Memphis DJ Alex Ward's popular Oldies Show comes to Oldies 92.5 KVPI

DJ Alex Ward , shown here with Cleve Duncan of the legendary Doo Wop group, the Penguins, begins to air his popular oldies show Sunday nights from 6-8pm right here on Oldies 92.5 . Listen to classic commercials, interview clips and the stories behind your favorite oldies on the "Pig and Whistle Oldies Show".

Oldies 92-5 KVPI Captures Radio Station of the Year Honors

For the third year, Oldies 92-5 KVPI-FM was recognized by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Thursday as "Radio Station of the Year" for our community service. Also our Traffic Director Cheryl DeBaillon was given the Distinguished Service award for her many years  in the radio industry. Attending the Prestige Awards were from left Mark Layne, Cheryl DeBaillon, Becky Vidrine, Bonnie Fontenot, Randy Guillory and Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, President of Ville Platte Broadcasting Company.

Oldies 92-5 KVPI Valentine Photo Grand Prize Winner is Tiffany Deshotel and Rusty LaFleur

Our grand prize winning couple was the top vote getters receiving 599 votes. They will receive the Croton watch , a romantic one night stay at Coushatta Casino Hotel and a meal for two at the Big Sky Steak House at Coushatta Casino. Coming in second was Darrel and Alicia Ortego with 503 votes and coming in third place with Gene and Linda Wilson with 283 votes. Thanks to all the couples who participated in our contest. Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Oldies 92-5 KVPI!

Evangeline Parish Dance Team who danced at the Superbowl visited KVPI Studios

High School girls from Ville Platte and Pine Prairie who participated during half time dancing with Beyonce at the Super Bowl, visited KVPI Studios. While they visited with us, they taped an interview that we will play back Wednesday Feb. 13 at 3:30pm.

Time Warp is on Oldies 92-5 KVPI

Time Warp, radio's favorite journey through the past, bringing you the sights and sounds of the 60's, 70's and 80's mixed with greatest  classic rock of all time hosted by the legendary Bill St. James  , Sundays from 2:00-6:00pm on Oldies 92.5 KVPI.

Randy gets a special gift from fans of JC and Randy

It's Hammer Time!!

Foreign Exchange Students Visit KVPI Studios

We interviewed Tom from Belgium, Andrea from Spain and Ida from Norway. Hear that interview today at 12:30pm on KVPI AM and FM. All three students are International Student Exchange students. The local representative is Ranisha Richard who is need of more host families. Contact her at (337) 322-1249. 

Click here to listen to the interview:

Tournoi Queens Visit Oldies 92-5 Studios

Tournoi Queens Shay, Winter and Leah visit Oldies 92-5 KVPI Studios.

Ville Platte High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI-FM

Ville Platte High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios this week and recorded special cheers for this football season.

Sacred Heart High Cheerleaders Visit Oldies 92.5

The Sacred Heart High Cheerleaders visited  KVPI studios Monday to record special cheers for the football season.

Oldies 92-5 KVPI is giving you a chance to sit in on a sports broadcast


Coast To Coast AM is coming to KVPI AM

Tune in to the most listened to overnight show in America nightly on our sister station, KVPI 1050 AM: "Coast to Coast AM with George Noory". Every night, 12 midnight to 6:00am, listen to discussions of conspiracy theories, UFO's, life after death and the unexplained. Be sure to tune in.

Lopstock 11 September 29

Make plans to attend the annual Lopstock event Saturday Sept. 29 with Bert Miller, Doug Ardoin and the Original 1950's Boogie Kings and special guests.









Happy Birthday Time
Weekdays:  10:30AM and 2:30PM
Saturdays:  4:30 PM on Oldies 92.5 KVPI

  • John Oates, The Zombies, Paul Rodgers Among Musicians Taking Part in Record Store Day Events

    Juan Pitino; David LeveneThe seventh annual edition of Record Store Day is taking place Saturday and, in addition to the many cool limited-edition vinyl releases that will be available at independent music retailers, a bevy of artists will help celebrate the unofficial holiday by visiting select stores across North America.

    Among the well-known musicians set to make special appearances are Hall & Oates singer John Oates, The Zombies, Paul Rodgers and R.E.M.'s Mike Mills.

    Oates, a newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, will be at Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music store in Nashville, where he'll be among of bevy of artists who'll perform for shoppers.  The singer's set is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. ET.

    The Zombies will give an in-store performance of their own at Plan 9 Music in Charlottesville, Virginia, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

    Rodgers will visit Sunrise Records in Toronto, Canada, where he'll sign vinyl and CD copies of his latest album, The Royal Sessions.  The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.

    As for Mills, the former R.E.M. bass player will visit the Bull Moose music store in Scarborough, Maine, where he'll sign up to two items for fans, including R.E.M.'s special four-LP Record Store Day release, Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions.  The promotion will start at 2 p.m. ET.

    A full list of in-store events can be viewed at

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  • 2014 Record Store Day Offering Hundreds of Cool Exclusive Vinyl Releases

    RecordStoreDay.comSpring is in the air, but if you breathe deeply enough you may also pick up the scent of fresh vinyl.  This Saturday, April 19, marks the seventh annual installment of Record Store Day, which is celebrated at select music retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and several other countries.  In conjunction with the unofficial holiday, a vast number of artists are issuing limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs that are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops.

    This year's Record Store Day is proving to be one of the most expansive yet, with more than 400 special releases headed for U.S. stores alone.  Obviously, there are way too many discs to list, but among some of the noteworthy acts represented are Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Animals, David Bowie, Eric Carmen, Sam Cooke, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, The Everly Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Otis Redding, Ronnie Spector with The E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen, The Yardbirds and The Zombies.

    Here's some specific information about a few of the releases sure to interest audiophiles:

    - David Bowie's "1984" picture disc -- a seven-inch single featuring a photo of Bowie with famed beat author William S. Burroughs, and including the original version of the song and a live rendition from a December 1974 TV appearance.

    - Creedence Clearwater Revival's The 1969 Singles -- a 10-inch white-vinyl disc featuring four singles, a-sides and b-sides, that the band released in 1969.

    - The Doors' Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine -- a reissue of the band's out-of-print 1972 two-LP compilation on translucent, amber-swirled colored vinyl.

    - The Grateful Dead's Live at Hampton Coliseum -- a two-LP set featuring previously unreleased performances from a concert the band played at the Virginia venue on May 4, 1979.

    - The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Live at Monterey -- a high-quality 180-gram vinyl edition of the album documenting Hendrix and his group's landmark 1967 set at the Monterey Pop festival.

    - Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band's "Say Goodbye to Hollywood"/"Baby Please Don't Go" single -- a seven-inch disc featuring two songs the Ronettes singer recorded with Springsteen's backing group in 1977.

    - Bruce Springsteen's American Beauty EP -- a 12-inch disc featuring four previously unreleased songs from the sessions that yielded the Boss' latest album, 2014's High Hopes.

    - The Zombies' I Love You -- an LP that originally was released in 1966 in Europe and Japan, but hasn't been issued in the U.S. until now.

    Check out the full list of special releases at

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  • 2014 Record Store Day Offering Hundreds of Exclusive Vinyl Releases

    RecordStoreDay.comSpring is in the air, but if you breathe deeply enough you may also pick up the scent of fresh vinyl. This Saturday, April 19, marks the seventh annual installment of Record Store Day, which is celebrated at select music retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and several other countries.  In conjunction with the unofficial holiday, a vast number of artists are issuing limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs that are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops.

    This year's Record Store Day is proving to be one of the most expansive yet, with more than 400 special releases headed for U.S. stores alone.  Obviously, there are way too many discs to list, but among some of the noteworthy acts represented are Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Animals, David Bowie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes, The Ramones, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, The Yardbirds, Frank Zappa and The Zombies.

    Here's some specific information about a few of the releases sure to interest audiophiles:

    - David Bowie's "1984" picture disc -- a seven-inch single featuring a photo of Bowie with famed beat author William S. Burroughs, and including the original version of the song and a live rendition from a December 1974 TV appearance.

    - Creedence Clearwater Revival's The 1969 Singles -- a 10-inch white-vinyl disc featuring four singles, a-sides and b-sides, that the band released in 1969.

    - The Grateful Dead's Live at Hampton Coliseum -- a two-LP set featuring previously unreleased performances from a concert the band played at the Virginia venue on May 4, 1979.

    - The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Live at Monterey -- a high-quality 180-gram vinyl edition of the album documenting Hendrix and his group's landmark 1967 set at the Monterey Pop festival.

    - Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes' Live at the Greek -- a three-LP version of the 2000 album -- on red, clear and blue vinyl discs -- capturing performances from Page and The Crowes' collaborative 1999 shows in Los Angeles.

    - Bruce Springsteen's American Beauty EP -- a 12-inch disc featuring four previously unreleased songs from the sessions that yielded the Boss' latest album, 2014's High Hopes.

    Check out the full list of special releases at

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  • Prince Re-Signs with Warner Bros; Readies 30th Anniversary Edition of "Purple Rain" & New Album

    Press Here PublicityPrince will now have full ownership and control over his master recordings after signing a new contract with his former label Warner Bros. Records.

    The legendary singer has announced that fans will soon hear previously unreleased music as well as a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition of his 1984 soundtrack to Purple Rain.

    "A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship," says Prince in a statement.

    "Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces," adds Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Cameron Strang.

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  • Neil Young's New Album, "A Letter Home," Available Now Online

    Third Man RecordsHappy Record Store Day, Neil Young fans!  A day before the big audiophile promotion, and without any fanfare or official announcement, the folk-rock legend has made his new album, A Letter Home, available for purchase via the official online store of ex-White Stripe frontman Jack White's Third Man Records label.  A vinyl LP version of the record can be ordered for $20, not including shipping fees.

    A Letter Home was co-produced by Young and White, and features 10 cover tunes by various singer-songwriters who have inspired and influenced Neil.  Among the songs are Bob Dylan's "North Country Girl," Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown," Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" and Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Only Read My Mind."  Several of the tunes included on the album have been featured in Young's recent concert sets.

    As previously reported, Neil recorded A Letter Home on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph recording booth that's located at White's Third Man Records store in Nashville.  The device allows the user to record a song directly onto a vinyl disc.  A statement from Young describes the album as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology [that] captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever."

    Here is a complete track listing of A Letter Home, along with the artist who originally recorded each song:

    "Changes" (Phil Ochs)
    "Girl from the North Country" (Bob Dylan)
    "Needle of Death" (Bert Jansch)
    "Early Morning Rain" (Gordon Lightfoot)
    "Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin)
    "On the Road Again" (Willie Nelson)
    "If You Could Only Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot)
    "Since I Met You Baby" (Ivory Joe Hunter)
    "My Hometown" (Bruce Springsteen)
    "I Wonder If I Care as Much" (Everly Brothers)

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  • Linda Ronstadt Scores Highest-Charting Album in More Than Two Decades

    Rhino RecordsIt's amazing what being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can do for a performer's back catalog.  Linda Ronstadt, who entered the Hall less than two weeks ago, has just scored her highest-charting album in more than two decades.

    Billboard reports that Linda's new compilation disc, Duets, has debuted at #32 on the album chart.  She hasn't been that high since 1990, when her album with Aaron Neville, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, reached #7.  That album featured three hit singles, including "All My Life" and "Don't Know Much."

    The new album, Duets, collects Linda's duets not only with Neville, but with Don Henley, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and others.  There's also one previously unreleased track, called "Pretty Bird."

    Ronstadt, who recently announced that she can no longer sing due to Parkinson's disease, has scored 10 top 10 hits in her career, and 10 top 10 albums.  She couldn't attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10, but was honored by performances from Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Carrie Underwood.

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  • Ex-Santana Percussionist Armando Peraza Passes Away

    Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesCuban-born percussionist Armando Peraza, who was a member of Santana from 1972 to about 1990, died this past Monday, April 14, at a hospital in South San Francisco, California.  The musician' wife, Josephine, told the Los Angeles Times that his cause of death was pneumonia, although he also had fought a long battle with diabetes.  Peraza was believed to be 89, although he didn't know his exact birth date.

    Armando joined Santana for the recording of the band's fourth studio album, Caravanserai, and appeared on most of the group's releases through 1990's Spirits Dancing in the Flesh.  He retired from Santana when his diabetes made it difficult for him to tour.

    Peraza was born in Havana and was orphaned when he was a child.  By the time he was a teenager, he was living on the streets, and eventually taught himself to play percussion instruments such as the conga and bongo drums.  While in Cuba, he played alongside renowned Latin percussionist Mongo Santamaria.  In the late 1940s, he came to New York City, and soon began performing with a variety of respected jazz artists.  Over the years, he would perform and/or record with such legends as George Shearing, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Cal Tjader and Chick Corea.

    In addition to Santana, Peraza also worked with a number of other pop, rock and R&B musicians, including Eric Clapton, Linda Rontadt and Rick James.  After leaving Santana, he continued to play on various recordings and at occasional concerts.

    Carlos Santana has penned a tribute to Armando that he posted on his official website.  The homage reads, "My greatest teacher/mentor/role model crossed over the other side tonight.  He is now light more in the body.  He is free from gravity and time.  Immortality is his playground.  Infinity is his domain.  Thank you for all and everything, Dearest Armando Peraza.  Be with GOD and the angels Dear one.  Peace."

    Besides his wife, Peraza is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.

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  • Paul Stanley of KISS Wrapping Up Book Tour

    Harper CollinsKISS frontman Paul Stanley has published his autobiography, Paul Stanley: Face the Music: A Life Exposed, and is on a book tour through California this week to sign books and meet fans. 

    Despite the fact that Stanley appears on the cover in full KISS makeup, he tells ABC News Radio "I didn't write a KISS book, I wrote a book about my life."

    The book opens with Stanley's childhood, which tells the tale of a pretty rough beginning. "I was born without a right ear, deaf on that side, all kinds of learning disabilities because of it and a fairly dysfunctional family," he says.  He admits he pursued fame because he thought it would cure his problems. "And I became famous, luckily, and at that point I realized that it wasn't the answer, so at that point you either start to do drugs and numb yourself or you can roll up your sleeves and get your life together and stop being a victim," he says simply, but readers of Face The Music will learn that Stanley's journey was far from simple -- in fact, it was full of loneliness and self-doubt.

    Paul Stanley admits to ABC News Radio that he "couldn't have written the book 15 years ago because it wouldn't have had a happy ending. The only reason to write a book like this is not to wallow in pity or cry 'Woe is me,' it's to show people that you can pick yourself up by your bootstraps and wind up with a great life, when at some point it was anything but."

    In typical KISS fashion, Stanley brags to ABC News Radio that his is "a great story," but then quickly follows that up by saying, "When you're writing about yourself it turns into a love letter. There's been enough of those on the market. The only reason I decided to write a book is when I thought my life might shed some light on other people, about their struggles, and that even the people they hold in high esteem or look up to, struggle. And then it's how you deal with the struggle [that matters]." 

    Paul Stanley will be appearing at the Miramar Marine Base in San Diego on Friday, April 18, and at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on Saturday, April 19. Go to for times and details.

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  • Phil Lesh & Friends to Play First-Ever Concert in New York City's Central Park

    C Flanigan/WireImagePhil Lesh & Friends, the musical project led by the founding Grateful Dead bassist, will play their first-ever headlining show in New York City's Central Park next month.  The event will be held May 28 at Rumsey Playfield.

    The lineup of Lesh's group, which is made up of a rotating cast of musicians, will feature at this show Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Warren Haynes, keyboardist John Medeski from the avant-jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, acclaimed jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield and drummer Joe Russo, who also plays will Phil and The Dead's Bob Weir in Furthur.

    Outside of The Grateful Dead, the only other time Lesh played in Central Park was this past November, when he made a surprise appearance with Soulive's Eric Krasno as part of the 2013 Jazz & Colors Festival.  Tickets for the May 28 concert go on sale Friday, April 25, at

    "Seeing great music in Central Park is one of the best things about New York," says concert organizer Peter Shapiro.  "I'm so excited to bring the music of the Grateful Dead there with this incredible lineup for a full show for the first time."

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  • Sting, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Kevin Spacey & More Croon & Clown at 2014 Rainforest Benefit

    Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting singing Italian opera?  Kevin Spacey impersonating Bill Clinton...while standing next to Bill Clinton?  Paul Simon cracking jokes like a stand-up comic?  It could only happen at Sting's long-running Rainforest Benefit Concert, which marked 25 years of fundraising Thursday night at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall.

    As usual, Sting and his wife Trudie Styler put together a star-studded cast of musicians to entertain the crowd.  In addition to Sting himself, the lineup included Sting's recent tour mate Paul Simon, as well as James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Bruce Springsteen's wife and E Street Band member Patti Scialfa, Dionne Warwick, opera star Renee Fleming, trumpeter Chris Botti, Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac, two of Sting's children and Spacey, who proved himself to be quite the entertainer all evening.

    The night began with Sting, Spacey, and Taylor performing the Cole Porter classic "Well, Did You Evah!,"  an over-the-top comical music number from the movie High Society.  Then, the tuxedo-clad Spacey offered up a spot-on imitation of Johnny Carson, before launching into a version of "That's Life," made famous by Frank Sinatra.  Throughout the evening, Spacey also joined in on group numbers.  However, he got the most laughs when Bill Clinton took the stage, and Spacey performed an uncanny impersonation of the former president while standing right next to him.

    "When I was president, people accused me of murder all the time!  Made a show of investigating it!" Clinton told the crowd, to much laughter.  Then, referring to Spacey's character Frank Underwood on the hit Netflix series House of Cards, he added, "Spacey's president for 15 minutes, and he gets away with murder!"

    The musical numbers ranged from opera -- with Sting even joining Renee Fleming for an aria from Mozart's Don Giovanni -- plus classic rock, classic pop and singer/songwriter classics.  The biggest highlights were watching Sting team up with Paul Simon on some of Simon's most famous Simon & Garfunkel numbers, as they recently did on their joint tour.  When Sting held the high note at the end of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," it brought down the house.  Simon also cracked a string of jokes about the rainforest; the crowd roared while Sting just shook his head.

    Over the 25 years that the Rainforest Foundation has been holding these benefit concerts, nearly $35 million has been raised to preserve and protect the world's rainforests, as well as the indigenous people who live there.

    Here's a partial set list of the numbers performed Thursday night:

    Sting, James Taylor, Kevin Spacey: "Well, Did You Evah!"
    Spacey: "That's Life"
    Renee Fleming: "O Mio Babbino Caro"
    Fleming, Sting, Spacey: "La Ci Darem La Mano"
    Taylor: "Fire and Rain"
    Chris Botti: "Sketches of Spain"
    Sting: "When We Dance"
    Dionne Warwick: "Walk on By" and "Anyone Who Had a Heart"
    Oscar Isaac: "Young Turks" (Rod Stewart cover)
    Sting: "America" (Simon & Garfunkel)
    Stephen Stills: "For What It's Worth"
    Stephen Stills: "Amazonia"
    Eliot Sumner (Sting's Daughter): "Born to Be Wild"
    Joe Sumner (Sting' Son): "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    Sting & Patti Scialfa: "Stand By Me"
    Taylor: "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved By You)"
    Paul Simon: "Graceland"
    Sting & Paul Simon: "The Boxer" (Simon & Garfunkel)
    Sting & Paul Simon: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel)
    Stills & Entire Company: "Love the One You're With"

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    JAMES FRANCO LASHES OUT AT NEW YORK TIMES THEATER CRITIC: James Franco was less than pleased with the New York Times theater critic's review of his new show Of Mice And Men and he took out his frustrations on Instagram. James posted a jab at the reviewer which he quickly deleted which read, "Sadly Ben Brantley and the NYT have embarrassed themselves. Brantley is such a little b**ch he should be working for instead of the paper of record. The theater community hates him, and for good reason, he's an idiot." James recently had some Instagram trouble when he was supposedly flirting with an underage girl whom he met after a performance of his show.

    PAUL WALKER'S MOTHER IS NO LONGER SEEKING GUARDIANSHIP OF HIS DAUGHTER: Cheryl Ann Walker, mother of the late Paul Walker, has dropped her petition for guardianship of his 15-year-old daughter. The original paperwork alleged that the girl's mother should not have custody because of a supposed drinking problem. A hearing had been set for April 30th but the family was apparently able to settle the matter out of court.

    ROSIE O'DONNELL HAS DROPPED 50 POUNDS: Rosie O'Donnell took to Twitter yesterday (April 17th) to show off her nearly 50 pound weight loss. The comedian posted a before and after photo of her results from weight loss surgery she underwent in July 2013. She wrote it the caption, "Almost 50 lbs off – I can see it now." Rosie's decision to drop weight was motivated by a heart attack she suffered in 2012.

    KIRSTEN DUNST DISCUSSES THE HOLLYWOOD CASTING COUCH: Sofia Coppola interviews Kirsten Dunst in the new issue of W magazine where they discuss directors taking advantage of actress' on the "casting couch." When asked if she has ever experienced anything like that, Kirsten responded, "No. I don't give off that vibe. I think that you court that stuff, and to me it's crossing a boundary that would hinder the trust in your working relationship."

    KERRY WASHINGTON DISCUSSES HIDING HER PREGNANCY ON 'SCANDAL': Kerry Washington recently opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about the difficulties of having to hide her pregnancy while filming her ABC drama Scandal. She explained, "I work very physically as an actor. The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person with the personal transformation that's going on for me physically and how to stay true to this character. That hasn't been easy. It's been an awesome challenge for me as an actor because so much of how I access character is through my body. It's definitely been complicated to say the least. I've learned a lot about other ways to access Olivia and be her."

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    Things are reportedly getting a little tense on the set of Glee. TMZ is reporting that Naya Rivera and Lea Michele allegedly recently butt heads leading one of them to storm off set.

    Some sources tell the website that Lea supposedly pulled some diva antics on Tuesday (April 15th) and held everyone up which apparently prompted Naya to have a chat with producers about how much her co-star was pissing everyone off. Lea caught wind of the conversation and left work. Other sources claim that their characters weren't even shooting scenes together that day and the truth is that Naya was sent away.

    • Multiple sources have also told the website that Naya was fired from the show which is being denied by sources close to her.
    • Gossip Cop spoke to insiders who insist there is no bad blood on set and that Naya was upset about things before showing up to filming -- none of which had anything to do with Lea.

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    Nancy Grace managed to get on Seth Rogen's bad side on Wednesday (April 16th) after posting several anti-marijuana tweets. Seth seemed to have enough of Nancy's antic after she posted three tweets using the hashtag #pottoblame in reference to a story about a man who allegedly shot his wife after eating weed.

    The TV host wrote, "Cops say daddy eats marijuana & goes crazy. He shoots his wife in the head while she pleads with 9-1-1 for help! #PotToBlame? If pot makes you mellow and laid back, why does this guy allegedly turn berserk and gun down his wife? #PotToBlame? How many people must die before this stops?! #PotToBlame?"

    • Seth responded by writing, "@NancyGraceHLN you are a f***ing dumbass."
    • Nancy shot back with, ".@Sethrogen hi seth! thx for watching!"

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    The newly announced sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire that is in the works will probably be short at least one cast member from the original film. Mara Wilson, who played Robin Williams' youngest daughter in the film, took to Twitter on Thursday (April 17th) to address her involvement.

    She wrote, "For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I. I've been in some mediocre movies, but I've never been in a sequel. And I have no interest in being in one now. Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series. I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end. I'm glad I had the chance to be in it, and I'm proud of what we did, but I don't see how we could do it again. There are many, many reasons I don't want to be in Mrs. Doubtfire 2. But they haven't even asked me (yet), so no need to worry. They haven't asked me to be in it, and I think it would be weird if they did! I don't act much and am not a cute little kid anymore. I loved being in Doubtfire, and I'm grateful every day I had that experience. I met my sister-for-life Lisa there. I had a great time. But I don't think a sequel makes sense plotwise, and I don't think there'd be a part for me even if I did still act and was interested."

    • Wilson previously discussed her decision to quit acting to Us Weekly saying, "Film acting is not very fun. Doing the same thing over and over again until, in the director's eyes, you 'get it right', does not allow for very much creative freedom. The best times I had on film sets were the times the director let me express myself, but those were rare."
    • TMZ spoke with Matthew Lawrence, who played Robin's son in the 1993 comedy, who told the website, "Of course I would be on board. I hope they make the second as good as the first. The first was so good."
    • Lisa Jakub, who played the eldest daughter Lydia, wrote on her Facebook page, "No one involved with the movie has contacted me and I don't know any more than you do about the details. Lots of people are asking if I would do it - and my answer is a really solid "I don't know." It's really hard to comment on something you have no information about. I'm not sure if my character would still be hanging out with the rest of the Hillards. I'm pretty sure Lydia would be a lawyer, living in some remote part of the world, defending the downtrodden and sneering at the bad guys."

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    Last night (April 17th) on American Idol, the top seven became six when Dexter Roberts was sent home.

    After the nationwide vote, host Ryan Seacrest revealed Roberts was in the bottom two along with Jessica Meuse. Jessica was safe and Dexter was eliminated from the competition. For his final performance he chose Montgomery Gentry's "Lucky Man".

    The remaining contestants include Meuse, CJ Harris, Sam Woolf, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, and Alex Preston.


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    Paris Hilton has nothing to hide. The hotel heiress was photographed in Beverly Hills on Wednesday with a see-through purse on her arm for everyone to see its contents.

    The 33-year-old was carrying a $100 bill, multiple $20 bills, sunglasses, and an iPhone. Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco wore a similarly see-through clutch with $20 bills, an AMEX card, and her ID to the premiere of Authors Anonymous last weekend.

    • It's worth noting that Paris' home has been burglarized seven times.

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    The New York Knicks have signed Lamar Odom. The team announced before their game on Wednesday (April 16th) that the 34-year-old will join them for the remainder of the season which actually ended for them that night since they did not make it into the playoffs.

    The press release said, "Odom holds career averages of 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 33.4 minutes in 961 games, 684 starts, over 14 seasons with the L.A. Clippers, Miami, L.A. Lakers and Dallas." No specific terms of the deal were disclosed in the announcement.

    • Khloe Kardashian's former beau recently played for Spanish basketball team Baskonia for two games before he was ruled unfit to play due to a back injury. He was forced to break the two-month contract he signed with the team. He said in a statement at the time, "I am going to try and get back on the court and give you guys a show."
    • The deal reunites Lamar his former Lakers coach and current Knicks President, Phil Jackson.
    • Odom's last stint playing in the NBA was during the 2012-2013 season for the L.A. Clippers.

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    KRISTEN BELL BEING COURTED FOR 'ONCE UPON A TIME': Producers of ABC's Once Upon a Time are hoping to get Kristen Bell to appear on the series as her Frozen character Princess Anna. Kristen responded to the news saying, "That would be unbelievable! I love the character of Anna so much. She's so exactly who I wanted to see when I was five years old so she's really close to my heart."

    CEO OF GWYNETH PALTROW'S GOOP RESIGNS: Seb Bishop, CEO of Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle website GOOP, abruptly resigned from his post last week. A source told Us Weekly, "A week and a half ago, he abruptly resigned from GOOP. It's really suspicious -- I think something weird is going on with GOOP." Another source told Page Six, "Bishop and Paltrow disagreed on the direction of Goop, partly that she used the Web site as vehicle for her personal life, and the 'conscious uncoupling' announcement." He first joined the company in 2011. Gwyneth is also rumored to be moving the offices from London to L.A. near her home in Brentwood.

    BEN SAVAGE TO DIRECT 'GIRL MEETS WORLD' EPISODE: Girl Meets World star Ben Savage will be stepping behind the camera to direct an episode of the upcoming Disney Channel series. He told The Hollywood Reporter, "It's something I've been prepping for the last 20 years." The episode's synopsis reads: "In an effort to make an odd girl more appealing to Farkle, Riley and Maya remake her in their image. But Farkle shows everyone that true beauty comes from within."

    'GAME OF THRONES' BREAKS PIRACY RECORD: HBO's Game of Thrones has set a new record for online piracy. Last Sunday's (April 13th) episode was illegally downloaded about 1.5 million times in the first 24 hours after it premiered. The previous record was set by the show's season three finale with over one million downloads.

    TINA FEY NAMED FACE OF GARNIER BEAUTY: Garnier announced on Thursday (April 17th) that Tina Fey has been named the face of their new skincare campaign which will debut later this month. The company's president said in a statement, "Tina's personality, beauty and approachability resonate with our consumer and we are thrilled to keep her in the Garnier family."

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