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Listen to Title Track of Steven Tyler’s Debut Solo Album, “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere,” Now

Dot RecordsOn Friday, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler gave a debut performance of the title track to his forthcoming debut solo album, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere, during an appearance on NBC’s Today show, and now you can check out the studio version of the song.

The funky tune, which salutes a diverse variety of American music genres, can be heard now at RollingStone.com.

“We’re All Somebody from Somewhere” name-checks various of U.S. cities, including Biloxi, New York, New Orleans and Miami, while offering up a sonic gumbo that features banjos, drum loops, a New Orleans brass band and blues guitar riffs. Tyler co-wrote the song with Cadillac Three member Jaren Johnston.

As previously reported, Tyler’s country-flavored We’re All Somebody from Somewhere album was recorded in Nashville and is scheduled to be released on July 15. The title track was released as a digital single on Friday.

The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer kicks off a North American solo trek dubbed the Out on a Limb tour this Saturday, July 2, in Las Vegas. The outing runs through a September 13 show in Toronto.

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Billy Joel Joins Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Breast Cancer Awareness Motorcycle Ride

Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel joined his pal, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Monday for a breast cancer awareness motorcycle ride, Newsday reports.

The singer and the politician teamed up in Joel’s hometown area of Long Island, New York, beginning the ride at Sunken Meadow State Park. Billy participated in the first leg of the event, which ended at Citi Field in Queens. The full ride continues through New York City and concludes upstate in New Paltz.

It’s all part of Cuomo’s new “Get Screened, No Excuses” campaign, which aims to eliminate the obstacles women face that can prevent them from getting cancer screenings. The governor’s domestic partner, Sandra Lee, is a breast cancer survivor.

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Jon Bon Jovi Surprises Ailing Fan at His New Jersey Community Restaurant

Noam Galai/WireImageJon Bon Jovi paid a special visit to his JBJ Soul Kitchen in Toms River, New Jersey, Saturday to give one unsuspecting fan the thrill of her life. Billboard reports the New Jersey rocker worked with the staff of his nonprofit community restaurant to set up a surprise meet-and-greet with Carol Cesario, a huge Bon Jovi fan who’s suffering from stage 4 lung cancer.

Cesario’s daughter, Rosie Skripkunis, wrote about the event on her Facebook page, saying, “Today my [mom’s] dream came true! After loving Jon Bon Jovi for 30 years she finally met him. He invited our family to his restaurant for dinner and surprised her. He spent almost 2 hours hanging out with her and just chatting with my family.”

Rosie added, “This has been one of the best days of our [family’s] life. Seeing my mom this happy filled me with so much joy. I still can not believe this happened. Jon is [an] amazing human. We appreciate everything he did for our mom and for our family today <3.”

Skripkunis also posted a video of Bon Jovi surprising her mother and a series photos from the day, including pictures of Jon posing with Cesario and various family members and a note he wrote to Carol.

According to Billboard, Bon Jovi also gave Cesario an autographed electric guitar and treated her to a private playback of his band’s upcoming album, This House Is Not for Sale.

Bon Jovi has opened two JBJ Soul Kitchens in New Jersey in conjunction with his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation charity. The restaurants have no prices listed on the menu and serve nutritious food to both paying and in-need customers. Diners can pay for their meal by volunteering at the eateries.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Well, That Was a Surprise: “Game of Thrones” Star Spills About Her Character’s Sudden Death

Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell/image courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD!)  So many characters died during Sunday night’s Game of Thrones season-six finale, but perhaps one of the most unexpected was when Cersei Lannister blew up the temple of the High Sparrow, killing not only the religious leader, but also Queen Margaery Tyrell, the king’s wife, and her brother, Ser Loras.

Natalie Dormer, the actress who plays Tyrell, tells Entertainment Weekly she learned of her character’s death even before producers intended.  

“I pre-empted the phone call because in true Natalie Dormer style, I tried to fit a million projects into a single year. I requested [while making season five that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] release me from working on the show earlier than usual so I could do another project, and they ended up phoning me — and that was ‘The Call,'” she told the magazine.

She also said her character’s death shouldn’t be a surprise to Game of Thrones fans.

“Every year something comes from the left field that no one could have predicted. It’s great they can still shock people six years on. I watch as an audience member as well, you get side-swiped,” she said

Dormer’s last day on set included a visit from Weiss and Benioff.

“Dan and David made sure they were there at the very end. It seemed very fitting Margaery’s last day is shooting a scene with the Queen of Thorns. They gave me a big hug and made a fuss out of me. It was lovely,” she said.

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Judge at Prince Estate Hearing: “We Are in Uncharted Water”

Neil Lupin/Redferns(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — The battle for Prince’s estate continued Monday morning at the the Carver Country District Court in Minneapolis, MN.  Five of the late singer’s siblings and their attorneys, along with attorneys from the estate’s trust, attended the hearing that will determine who’s the rightful heir to the music icon’s estate.

Judge Kevin Eide, who presided over the hearing, explained that the case was a crossroads between probate and paternity law, which made it difficult to determine which motions and hearings should be held privately. “We are in uncharted water,” the judge said.

Attorneys from Bremer Trust are handling Prince’s estate in the absence of a will, which has yet to be found, if it exists at all.  Trust attorney say they’ve so far searched thousands of documents in four different locations looking for a will, with no success.  They said the search will soon be over.

Subsequently, the parties involved are working to interpret Minnesota law in order to determine what factors legally establish paternity, so they can then determine which, if any, of Prince’s alleged heirs are entitled to a piece of his estate.

Attorneys for the potential heirs are requesting that the case be settled quickly, so as not to harm the estate, which they consider a “national treasure.” Judge Eide promised to have the Minnesota Court of Appeals review the case to ensure proper handling, declaring, “I want to do this right.”

Prince died April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

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Celebrities and Where to Find Them: Try J.K. Rowling’s Carnegie Hall Movie Screening

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(NEW YORK) — Pottermore, the official website of author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe, announced that tickets have gone on sale for a special star-studded screening of Rowling’s latest, the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The bestselling author herself will attend the event — along with other celebs — at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with all proceeds going to Rowling’s international non-profit children’s organization Lumos.

The screening will be held Saturday, November 12.

Set in Harry’s Wizarding World — but in New York City in 1926, not at Hogwards in England — the film stars Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne as a specialist in capturing escaped magical creatures.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which also stars Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller, officially opens November 18. 

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NATIONAL NEWS

10-Year-Old Taken at Gunpoint During Robbery in Dallas

Dallas Police Department(DALLAS) — An Amber Alert has been issued for 10-year-old Nicholas Fierros Jr. after he was kidnapped at gunpoint during a robbery in Dallas Monday afternoon.

The boy was visiting family when 3 men in black clothing broke in and demanded money, the Dallas Police Department said.

The gunmen allegedly restrained a relative while another minor who was hiding called 911, police said.

The suspects then fled with the 10-year-old, police said.

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Two Dead in Shooting in Oregon; Suspect at Large

iStock/Thinkstock(SALEM, Ore.) — A suspect is in custody after 2 people were killed and 2 others were injured in a shooting in Marion County, Oregon, about 70 miles south of Portland, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Law enforcement launched a manhunt for the suspect after the shooting, and the sheriff’s office later announced that a suspect was stopped by Oregon State Police east of Portland.

Additional details were not immediately available.

This story is developing. Check back for more updates.

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Cop Shot 7 Times Released From Hospital to Cheering Crowd

WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) — A 25-year-old police officer was released from a Philadelphia hospital Monday just days after he survived being shot 7 times in the line of duty. As the young officer, Christopher Dorman, was wheeled out of the hospital this afternoon, he was greeted by a line of applauding police officers.

After his release Monday, Dorman thanked his supporters and fellow officers, telling reporters he feels “good” and is “ready to get back to work.”

Dorman was shot while responding to reports of a man selling drugs in Folcroft, Pennsylvania, about 13 miles south of Philadelphia, on Friday, officials said. The suspected gunman, Dante Brooks Island, was taken into custody that day, police said.

Dorman was struck four times in the chest, once in the face, once in the groin and once in the leg, officials said.

Doctors said Dorman was lucky that he had his police vest on, according to Folcroft Chief of Police Robert Ruskowski.

“The doctors said that any one of those rounds on his vest could have been fatal,” Ruskowski said.

“It’s unbelievable that he’s alive,” Ruskowski added. “We just thank God that he had his vest on.”

Dorman’s story even got the attention of a country music star. Dorman, who was planning to attend a Kenny Chesney concert in Philadelphia Saturday night, said in a video from his hospital bed: “Hey Kenny, don’t forget me.”

Chesney gave Dorman a shout-out at the concert but mistakenly announced to the crowd that Dorman had died. The star later called Dorman to apologize and wish him the best.

Island, who allegedly tried to shoot a second officer during the incident, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and related offenses. He has not entered a plea. It was not immediately clear whether he has a lawyer.

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SPORTS NEWS

England Manager Resigns After Defeat by Iceland in Upset at Euro 2016

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — After one of the biggest upsets in sports history, England manager Roy Hodgson has resigned.

Iceland, a country of 330,000 people, beat England, a traditional power of world soccer, at the 2016 European Championship soccer tournament for a final score of 2-1 on Monday.

Hodgson called the loss “unacceptable” and said according to ESPN it was “time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry group.”

The 68-year-old manager also said assistants Ray Lewington and Gary Neville would be leaving with him.

Hodgson had won three of 11 games in major tournament finals.

This latest loss also adds to the suffering for England after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union in the ‘Brexit’ referendum on Thursday.

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Eric Lindros Leads Class of 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees

iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 inductees, and Eric Lindros finally made the cut.

The announcement Monday revealed that players Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and the late Pat Quinn in the builders category would be inducted after a vote from the selection committee in Toronto.

Lindros, who had been eligible for induction for the past six years, was a superstar for the Philadelphia Flyers. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP for the regular season in 1994-1995 and suffered a number of injures including multiple concussions.

“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four hockey legends as Honoured Members,” Hockey Hall of Fame chairman John Davidson said in a statement. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”

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Tim Tebow Leads Passengers in Prayer After In-Flight Emergency, Witness Says

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PHOENIX) — A mid-air medical emergency took a plane full of passengers by surprise when one man collapsed of an apparent heart attack. But the surprises were just beginning.

When passengers and crew rushed to help, a familiar face appeared in the crowd: NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

Tebow moved toward the unconscious man and his family, then led a group of passengers in prayer, according to passenger Richard Gotti.

Medical staff met the flight at the gate when it landed at its destination in Phoenix. The man survived.

Delta Air Lines confirmed that the incident occurred, but said that because of privacy rules it could not confirm Tebow’s involvement.

The company said it did not know exactly when during the flight the emergency occurred, but it confirmed that the flight crew consulted with a team of doctors on the ground and decided that the safest option would be for the plane to complete its trip to Phoenix.

Flight 1772 originated in Atlanta and carried 177 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants.

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WORLD NEWS

The UK Isn’t the First to Leave a European Union

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Great Britain’s vote to exit from the European Union (E.U.) may have come as a shock to politicians and voters and the world, but it’s not the first time a member state has left the group. Greenland was the first and only one until now.

In the early 1970s, an early version of the E.U. was created, called the European Communities. At the time, Greenland was a member of the organization since it was still part of Denmark’s commonwealth called The Danish Realm, which joined the European Communities in 1973.

In 1979, Greenland was granted home rule away from Denmark and in 1982, they held a referendum on their continued membership in the European Community, similar to the British vote held last week.

Though the European Communities were focused on economic policies and was less binding and politically powerful than what became the E.U. of today in 1993, the newly independent Greenland was not convinced they wanted to participate.

The majority voted to end their membership and, after two years of negotiations, they formally left the group in 1985. Greenland became the first and only member state to leave a European collaborative since.

There are a number of obvious differences to note between Greenland and Great Britain’s decisions — the clearest being the size and influence of the two economies.

The United Kingdom is a global superpower with a diverse economy and global financial hub that is intricately involved in the financial funding of E.U. policies, while Greenland’s economy has been largely focused around fishing exports.

Greenland has remained independent from the E.U.

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Iraqi Government Is in Control of Fallujah, Pentagon Says

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The Iraqi government has recaptured the city of Fallujah from ISIS after a five-week campaign, the Pentagon said Monday.

Iraqi security forces have “100 percent control” of Fallujah, located 40 miles west of Baghdad, Pentagon officials said. Fallujah was the first city taken over by ISIS in January 2014.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and the Iraqi people for their progress in freeing the city of Fallujah from the grip of ISIL,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement released today by the Pentagon. ISIS is also known as ISIL.

“The United States military and our coalition partners are proud to have supported the Iraqi Security Forces under the prime minister’s command in this important operation, which is another milestone in our joint efforts to accelerate ISIL’s defeat, and to continue supporting our Iraqi partners moving forward,” Carter added.

Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Monday that Iraqi security forces had “100 percent control” of the city. Davis said that after an initial tough fight into the city, the Iraqi military had was able to gain ground from ISIS after penetrating into the city center.

The offensive into Fallujah had been mounted by Iraq’s elite Counterterrorism Service, the federal police, and provincial police while Shiite militia forces known as Popular Mobilization Forces remained outside the city.

More than 85,000 civilians fled the city as the battle for the heart of the city began two weeks ago. The United Nations has cited what it calls credible reports that some civilians fleeing Fallujah may have faced physical abuse at the hands of Iraqi security forces.

“It is also essential to complete the investigations the government of Iraq has launched to address alleged abuses of civilians,” Carter said.

American officials have not publicly confirmed Iraqi pronouncements that 1,800 to 2,500 ISIS fighters were killed in the operation. U.S. officials had acknowledged that they did not have a clear picture of how many ISIS fighters may have been in Fallujah when Iraq launched its offensive on the city. They offered ranges of hundreds to possibly thousands.

Iraqi officials had prematurely declared victory after Iraqi forces took control of the municipal building located in the heart of the city.

“The operation in Fallujah has been a significant challenge for the ISF and for the coalition,” Carter said. “It will not be the last. Hard fighting remains ahead, as does the vital task of caring for the residents of Fallujah displaced by ISIL’s violence and beginning to rebuild the city so that its people may safely return.”

The Iraqi government decided to mount the offensive on Fallujah to stem the rising number of ISIS bomb attacks in Baghdad that it was believed had originated in Fallujah. Davis acknowledged today that those attacks have continued as Fallujah was under siege for five weeks, which indicates the attacks are coming from elsewhere.

Despite that, Davis said Baghdad is safer as a result of Fallujah having been taken, given the city’s proximity to Baghdad.

The retaking of Fallujah will likely mean that the Iraqi government and military can set their sights on an offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which has been under ISIS control for two years.

The American military training effort in Iraq has been geared towards training the 25,000 Iraqi and Kurdish troops that will likely be needed for an offensive on Mosul. American officials have cautioned that it will be up to the Iraqis to retake Mosul, but that given current logistical shortfalls, an offensive was not likely this year.

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Chilean Ex–Military Officer Living in US Found Liable for Folk Singer’s Torture, Murder

iStock/Thinkstock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — A former Chilean military officer recently discovered living in Florida has been found responsible for the torture and murder of famed Chilean folk singer Victor Jara more than 40 years ago.

Pedro Barrientos Nunez stood accused of personally killing Jara in a game of Russian roulette in a Santiago soccer stadium in the immediate aftermath of the coup that began the rule of infamous Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in September 1973.

A civil lawsuit filed by Jara’s family against Barrientos in 2013 says Jara was one of thousands of civilians rounded up and thrown in the stadium, where he was held for three days, during which he composed a poem about the “horror [he was] living.” Then, one day “soldiers under Lt. Barriento’s command blindfolded, handcuffed, interrogated, brutally beat and otherwise tortured” him, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit said that Barrientos oversaw the torture and then put a revolver with a single bullet to Jara’s head, pulling the trigger until the weapon fired, killing Jara.

After executing Jara, Barrientos purportedly ordered his men to riddle Jara’s body with bullets.

The lawsuit said Barrientos was one of a handful of Chilean military commanders in charge of the detention of approximately 5,000 civilians in the stadium, many of whom were tortured and killed.

“They — ‘they’ being the leaders of the coup — rounded up a number of people, including intellectuals, political opponents and social icons, and Victor Jara was one of those,” said C. Dixon Osburn, the executive director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, whose attorneys are representing the Jara family in the case. “[He was] an iconic folk singer who sang about social injustice in Chile, and that was very threatening to Gen. Pinochet … [the stadium] was a place where people were tortured and a place where their loved ones never saw them again.”

Barrientos told The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Friday that he had no choice but to take Pinochet’s side in the coup and that he was nowhere near the stadium at the time of Jara’s death.

“I did not know who Victor Jara was until details of his death were made public,” Barrientos said.

Barrientos has been in the U.S. since 1989 and is now an American citizen, according to local reports and the family’s lawsuit. But it wasn’t widely known that he was living in the U.S. until a Chilean news program tracked him to a suburb of Orlando, Florida, in 2012. The family members filed their lawsuit the next year.

On Monday, a Florida jury sided with the Jara family and ordered Barrientos to pay $28 million in damages, according to the Center for Justice and Accountability.

Joan Jara, the singer’s 88-year-old widow, attended the Florida trial and said afterward, “It has been a long journey seeking justice for Victor’s death.”

“His songs continue to be sung today and inspire both artists and those who seek social justice,” she said in a press release from the CJA. “Today there is some justice for Victor’s death and for the thousands of families in Chile who have sought truth. I hope the verdict today continues the healing.”

Barrientos has been indicted for Victor Jara’s murder in Chile, and in January, Chile’s Supreme Court reportedly approved a judge’s request that the country move to extradite him from the U.S.

The U.S. and Chile have an extradition treaty, but earlier this month officials at the U.S. Justice and State departments declined to comment on any potential extradition for Barrientos.

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Win Steve Miller Band tickets

The 101 number one song of the day was written by the most successful female songwriter of all time. She wrote songs for others because she once said, “She didn’t want to become a star.” (But that would all change with the release of today’s featured single.  read more…

Win Steve Miller Band tickets

Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day has a warble…and the band’s label didn’t like that – they thought it would keep the single from being successful so it wasn’t released first from the new album, as the band had hoped it would be. It was probably that warble that made it really stand out. The song ended up being one of two that would prevent Bruce Springsteen from reaching number one with “Dancing in the Dark” – the other was Prince’s “When Doves Cry”. Today’s featured single would be one of only two chart toppers for the group although they would have 11 tracks reach the top 20 in the U.S. The year was 1984. The group is Duran Duran and “The Reflex” is today’s 101 #1 song of the day

TICKETS TO STEVE MILLER BAND

When the 101 number one song of the day reached the top it was the third straight number one song for a guy from a family that was dominating the charts like no other family had ever dominated the charts.   read more…

TICKETS FOR STEVE MILLER BAND

101 number one song of the day was the only number one single to have two different versions of the same song, by the same artists to be on Billboard’s Hot 100 at the same time.  read more…

JAMES TAYLOR TICKETS

Today’s 101 #1 Song of The Day was recorded live in the studio with an orchestra and there were a lot of takes. Particularly because the guitar solo kept changing. That guitarist had asked if it would be ok if he kinda “did his own thing” and the writer gave his blessing and he said the solo just came out of the blue…. read more…

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