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MADRID (AP) - Bon Jovi had a choice: skip playing Spain or play cheap. They are choosing to play cheap. El Mundo newspaper reports tickets for Bon Jovi's June 27 concert in Madrid will cost between $23 and $50, about half the normal ticket price. Jon Bon Jovi says they had considered not performing in Spain because the country's severe economic crisis means their fans don't have a lot of cash. However, he says he didn't want to let fans down in a country the band loves. Bon Jovi dropped their performance fee, so the ticket price covers just the costs of staging the show. The concert is sold out.
 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey has told students graduating form Harvard that learning how to deal with hard times is the key to their success. Winfrey says everyone experiences failure at some point. She says even she had trouble starting the OWN network. Winfrey urged the graduates to discover their purpose in life. She says her purpose is to show that what unites people is more interesting than what divides them.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's one-and-done for two "American Idol" judges. Both Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj say they won't be back for a second season. Minaj says on Twitter that it is time to focus on music. Carey says she's not coming back to "Idol" so she can concentrate on her upcoming tour. Idol ratings took a dive this season -- with three new judges. Randy Jackson announced before the season finale that he won't be back. Keith Urban says he's in the dark on what's going on, and he'll be on tour beginning in July. Auditions for the next season of Idol begin July 10 in Salt Lake City.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adam Levine has pulled out the dictionary to defend his offhand comment on "The Voice." When two-thirds of Team Adam were about to be eliminated by popular vote on "The Voice" on Tuesday, he muttered, "I hate this country." Unfortunately, his microphone was on and it was broadcast. That has caused an outrage of criticism of people calling him unpatriotic and saying he should be fired. Levine has responded by tweeting the definitions of "joke," "humorless," "light-hearted" and "misunderstand."

NEW YORK (AP) - About 15 million people saw Kellie Pickler win the mirror ball trophy on "Dancing With the Stars." About the same number of people watched the performance episode. They were the most-watched shows on TV. The performance episode of "The Voice" came in fourth with nearly 11 million people. The results show is fifth. Nearly two and a-half million people watched Michael Douglas play Liberace and Matt Damon his lover on HBO. That's the biggest audience for an HBO original movie in nine years.

Thursday, 30 May 2013 11:58

American Idol Wedding

LOS ANGELES (AP) - You can see what happens in the days leading up to Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo's wedding on E! Tonight, DeGarmo has her bachelorette party in Vegas. E! says it'll be a night of "drinks, fights and a possible firing of a bridesmaid." Tomorrow night, DeGarmo is fitted for her dress. She and Young also talk about which of their celebrity friends will attend the wedding. The ceremony will be televised on Monday.

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - An Irvine, Calif., concert violinist is playing sweet music on one of the rarest instruments in the world - a $5 million Stradivarius. The Orange County Register reports Iryna Krechkovsky will use the instrument for three years. The so-called Baumgartner Stradivarius is 324 years old. Krechkovsky says its tone is sweet as dark chocolate. The violin is one of 17 rare instruments loaned out every three years by the Canada Council for the Arts. Top Canadian musicians compete for a chance to play them, and Krechkovsky was among the chosen last fall. She moved to Irvine nearly a year ago with her husband, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks. They're artists in residence at UC Irvine.

BOSTON (AP) - Aerosmith, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett are joining other artists for a benefit concert for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Tickets for the show scheduled Thursday at the TD Garden sold out in minutes after they went on sale May 6. Proceeds will benefit One Fund Boston, the compensation fund established by Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help those injured in the April 15 bombings and the families of three people killed. Other confirmed acts include Jason Aldean, Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band, Carole King and New Kids on the Block. Comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright are also included in the lineup.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is the featured speaker during afternoon exercises at Harvard University's commencement. Harvard's 362nd commencement begins Thursday morning with the annual conferring of degrees and honorary degrees. Winfrey and Harvard President Drew Faust will both address attendees during afternoon exercises, which serve as the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. Faust calls Winfrey's rise to global prominence one of the great American success stories. Winfrey's private foundation has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that promote education and support women, and children and families worldwide. Forbes listed Winfrey as the 11th most powerful woman in the world last year. She has a net worth of $2.7 billion.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 09:43

Jewel is busy branding cattle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jewel doesn't have time to rest on her laurels after playing June Carter Cash on last night's Lifetime movie "Ring Of Fire." That's because it's branding season. Jewel lives on a 2,400-acre ranch in Stephenville, Texas, with her husband, former bull riding champion Ty Murray. Jewel tells In Touch Weekly they've been branding, castrating and earmarking their cattle. They have 250 cattle, 15 horses, four chickens, two dogs -- and one son, Kase, who's nearly 2. Jewel grew up on a farm in Alaska and says she prefers "open space and fresh air" to Hollywood life.

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