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Bieber's Roast Airs

It seems like the roast that would never end, but the Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber finally aired last night.

The folks at ABC News provide a two-minute summary on this morning's "The Skinny."

Check it out for a clean breakdown of the show.

If you believe the clips, it looks like the Biebs had some of the best lines of the night.

 
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Oh No He Didn't...

Justin Bieber took the stage as a back-up singer with Ariana Grande in Miami over the weekend.

His job: help her with "Love Me Harder."

And he couldn't do it. He flubbed the lines, then gave up and started dancing on stage and greeting fans to cover for his failed memory.

He apologized repeatedly to Ariana on stage.. And he did so on Instagram afterwards as well.

Accepted or not, I'll bet it's the last time he's invited to be Ariana's back-up...
 
 

Had fun with u Ariana, even tho I forgot all the words haha

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Meet the New Daily Show Host

Comedy Central announced yesterday the replacement for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Just as everyone expected, the new host is... Trevor Noah?

Um, sorry, who?

Trevor's relatively new to The Daily Show.

Heck, he's relatively new to the US, having arrived at both spots back in December - four months ago - from his native South Africa.

In fact, back then, he made his debut appearance on The Daily Show as a correspondent.

Now, suddenly, he's the new host. As others scramble to find out more about him, why not just sit back and watch that debut..

 
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The Beginning of The New World

Jay Z enlisted some top-level friends to help him announce his new streaming music service, Tidal.

Beyonce was there, of course, and Kanye. But so was Madonna, and Nicki Minaj, and Jason Aldean, and Chris Martin, and more.

Dozens of artists, in the room and on-line, to hear about and lend support to Jay Z's game changing idea.

His plan is to get consumers to pay for music they're used to streaming for free.

You laugh, but it worked for Netflix.

The man could really be on to something big here...

 
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Sound of Music... Peter Pan... The Wiz?

NBC announced plans to produce another live musical right around Thanksgiving.

Two years ago, it was Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood.

Last year, it was Peter Pan starring Alison Williams.

This year, it's The Wiz.

Right. The Wiz. The urban twist on the classic Wizard of Oz.

Debuted on Broadway in the mid-70s, Turned into a movie in 1978, starring Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, and Richard Pryor as the Wiz.

Not exactly a classic.

But, it will be the third installment in NBC's franchise - for lack of a better term.

Already, suggestions are being made for the casting.

Beyonce as Glinda. Pharrell as the Tin Man.

Not seeing Kanye mentioned anywhere - but he'll trying to pick up an Emmy for it anyway...

Meanwhile, here's a sampling of the King of Pope as the Scarecrow.

 
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Deer Season is Open

The folks at Disney have been busy turning cartoon characters into live-action characters.

We've had Maleficent, and most recently, Cinderella.

So why not take the same approach with Bambi?

Great idea, and played up perfectly by the folks at Saturday Night Live with a little help - okay, a lot of help - from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnston.

Check it out!

 
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Something Old Really Works

Here's a head-scratcher: some scientists in England have found a way to kill the hospital superbug known as MRSA.

Great news, you say. How did they do it?

Simple. They cooked up a compound from a recipe found in a book about 1000 years old.

The book is called Bald's Leecbook, and the treatment is for styes.

Take cropleek and garlic, of both equal quantities, pound them well together… take wine and bullocks gall, mix with the leek… let it stand nine days in the brass vessel…

The scientists followed the directions and when they tested it, found that it had a 90% success rate in killing the bacteria generally blamed for MRSA.

This could turn into something.

Up next: applying Game of Thrones strategies to current warfare.

Step 1: get a dragon...
 
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Girl Crush Controversy

So lately we have been talking about the "controversy" around Little Big Town's new song, "Girl Crush." In case you missed it, there are some stations who have stopped playing the song because it sounds like it might be about a woman having a serious crush on another woman. (It's not.) I have so many thoughts about this!!!

1) People need to listen to lyrics before they complain. Yes, the song is teasing us a little, making us think at first that the woman singing is in love with another woman, but it becomes very clear very quickly that she wants to BE exactly like the other woman because her man has left her for this other woman. What's controversial about that? As one listener pointed out, it's very much like an old classic song by Dolly Parton, "Jolene."

2) The media is all over this and I know why. Whenever they have a chance to portray the country audience as "backward" they jump on it with great enthusiasm. When a country artist comes out as gay they are always portrayed as being blacklisted by country, when in reality, all of the country stars who have come out have been artists who haven't been played on the radio for quite a while anyway. It irks me that, in this particular case, not a single article has stated how many stations have boycotted this song. So far I've only seen evidence of TWO. In fact, the song is climbing the charts and has moved up to #17 from #33. And yet it's a big story.

3) Even if it was a song about a woman having a crush on another woman, would you want it banned? Based on the Facebook and phone call response to this issue, I'm pretty sure most of our listeners would be okay with it. Lots of people seem to feel that even if they aren't gay, hearing a song about a woman liking another woman wouldn't bother them.

Controversy = officially over! But feel free to share your comments with us on our FB page if you like.

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And This is Why I Don't Go on Rollercoasters...

Opening day for the Coney Island Cyclone, one of the world's most historic wooden rollercoasters, didn't go so well for the first riders of the season.

At the top of its first hill, just before the first drop, the coaster stopped dead in its tracks.

Riders were stranded, and had to be walked down by emergency personnel.

Like rollercoasters aren't already scary enough, now this happens?

But what do you want to bet that most of them will climb back aboard as soon as the ride's running again?

 
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Wait a Minute, What?

Furious 7 - the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious franchise - is set to open up in theaters in a couple of weeks.

The hype for it has been huge.

Naturally, everyone thinks the "7" in the title refers to it being the "seventh" film.

Right?

Wrong. According to the director, James Wan, says he wanted to actually spell out the "seven" in the title, as an homage to Seven Samurai.

It's about seven warriors, I guess, and not about counting how many films there've been.

Who knew?

 
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