NEW YORK (AP) - Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted are not American, but they're about to be smack-dab in the middle of a huge American tradition. They will appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22 in New York. Other musicians in the parade include Neon Trees, Karmin, Colbie Caillat, The Roots, Flo Rida, Don McLean, Chris Isaak, Mannheim Steamroller, Cody Simpson, Rachel Crow from "The X Factor" and country singer Trace Adkins.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The last time Jon Bon Jovi wrote and performed a song for a movie, he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar. That was "Blaze of Glory" from "Young Guns 2" -- but it was 22 years ago. He's giving it another try. Bon Jovi wrote and performed two songs for the upcoming criminal buddy movie "Stand Up Guys," out in February. He says the song "Old Habits Die Hard" was inspired directly from a line in the first scene when old friends see each other again. He says the other song, "Not Running Anymore," is about criminals on the run and he had to put himself in a confessional and "be that Catholic school boy one more time."
ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - Election officials in the Atlanta area are defending their decision to allow singer Usher to bypass long lines and cast his ballot on Election Day, infuriating voters who had to wait. Fulton County election officials tell WSB-TV that Usher Raymond IV was escorted to the front of the line to minimize distractions at his Roswell polling place. They said in a statement that poll manager Frank Padula was directed to move Usher through the process as quickly as possible. WSB reports that Usher took cellphone pictures of himself voting, then posted them on Twitter. Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann questioned the decision. Hausmann said she can think of only a few people who might deserve such treatment, such as people with disabilities, the elderly and voters with small children.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Lennon thought Eric Clapton had promise. In fact, he offered to help Clapton develop his talent in a letter dated September 29, 1971. That letter is for sale by the auction house Profiles in History, and it's expected to bring in at least $20,000. In the letter, Lennon tells Clapton, "I know I can bring out something great -- in fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music." Lennon says he knows it'll happen if and when they get together. The auction is December 18 in Los Angeles.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Scotty McCreery is hosting a holiday TV special on Saturday, December 1st. "Christmas With Scotty McCreery and Friends" will air on GAC. It features McCreery performing songs from his new Christmas album. The "friends" joining him on the special include Gloriana, performing "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night." Jana Kramer will sing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." And newcomer Brett Eldredge will perform "Mary, Did You Know" and "Jingle Bell Rock."