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Lady Gaga putting on invite-only Democratic convention show

Camden, one of the country's most impoverished cities, will get some time in the Democratic convention spotlight Thursday with some help from Lady Gaga.

But while thousands of delegates have been invited across the Delaware River for an afternoon concert with the pop star, press won't be allowed to cover the event sponsored by the man considered New Jersey's most powerful unelected political powerbroker.

George Norcross and Susan McCue, president of General Majority PAC and a former chief of staff to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are hosting the invite-only "Camden Rising" event Thursday afternoon with invitations going out to all of the convention's delegates, hours before Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination.

A spokesman for Norcross said performer contracts prohibited press from being able to cover the event, which also will include performances by Lenny Kravitz and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Norcross is credited with working with Republican Gov. Chris Christie to help in redevelopment efforts in Camden, many partially funded through state grants and tax credits. The insurance executive is a Democratic superdelegate along with his brother, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross. Both are supporting Clinton.

"It's going to be, with the exception of the acceptance speech by Hillary Clinton, the hottest ticket at the convention based on the responses that we've gotten so far," Norcross said last week. "I think having it in Camden and entitling it 'Camden Rising' and telling a little of the story of Camden is very helpful for the city, its resurgence and what everyone is doing to try to make it a better place."

Gary Frazier, a Green Party candidate for Camden City Council and an organizer for Black Men for Bernie, said at a pro-Bernie Sanders event that started in the city on Monday that protesters will be at Thursday's concert to send a message that the city is still struggling.

"I live here," he said. "How's it turning around when we have violence in our city, where you have youth killing youth?"

While Camden has drawn national attention for community policing — President Barack Obama lauded the efforts last year during a visit to the city — crime was up in the first six months of the year by nearly 14 percent and the city's homicide total had more than doubled, according to state police statistics released this week.

Frazier said Camden's downtown and waterfront may look better, but life is still the same in the city's beleaguered neighborhoods, which have long suffered from a thriving drug trade and the loss of industry.

Jesus Hernandez, 63, has lived in Camden since 1972. He said he doesn't see as much crime as a few years ago and long-abandoned homes are being razed. He pointed to a Rutgers nursing school under construction downtown.

"Now it's lots better," he said. "They're building brand-new buildings."


This story has been corrected to delete an erroneous reference to the Senate Majority PAC having a role in sponsoring the concert.

Drake White Learning to Balance Marriage and Music

Drake White recently celebrated his anniversary with his wife, so he's no stranger to the challenges of touring while being married. Luckily, Eric Church and Zac Brown have been teaching him a thing or two.

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O'Jays ask Republican congressman to stop using their music

The founding members of the O'Jays are asking a Republican to stop using their music for the second time in a week.

In a statement released Wednesday, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams said they sent a letter to Rep. John Mica, R-Florida, asking him to stop using their song "For The Love Of Money" in an online video featuring Donald Trump posted in 2014 .

The R&B group previously decried Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for using their song "Love Train" during last week's Republican National Convention, including a version remixed as "Trump Train" without the O'Jays' consent.

"Trump and his people have no right to help themselves to our music," Levert said. "He presents himself as supporting 'law and order' but, in truth, he's not respecting the law at all."

The O'Jays' song "For the Love of Money" served as the theme song for Trump's reality show "The Apprentice."

A Trump campaign spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.



Jake Owen Pays Tribute To His Father on 'American Love'

If it weren’t for Jake Owen’s dad, he may have never gotten his Love Bus. Owen sat down with Taste of Country recently and shared that it was his father who taught him how to drive stick shift — a skill he later needed to drive his famed 1966 Volkswagen van. Continue reading…

Bette Midler Reportedly Mentoring Team Blake Shelton During 'The Voice' Season 11

Blake Shelton reportedly has Bette Midler mentoring his team during Season 11 of 'The Voice'.

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The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry's Amazing 'Celebrity Family Feud' Round [Watch]

Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry recently proved that she is the perfect teammate for trivia night. The singer scorched the competition during a visit to Celebrity Family Feud on Sunday (July 24).

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Earls of Leicester lead bluegrass award nominations

The Earls of Leicester are nominated for eight awards individually and as a group, including entertainers of the year, at this year's International Bluegrass Music Awards.

The Grammy-winning musical group is the reigning entertainer of the year and leads the nominations announced Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee. The Del McCoury Band follows with six nominations for individual members and as a group and Flatt Lonesome has five nominations. Becky Buller, Sam Bush, Sierra Hull and Frank Solivan have three nominations each.

Other entertainer of the year nominees include the Del McCroury Band, Flatt Lonesome, Balsam Range and the Gibson Brothers.

The awards show will be held on Sept. 29 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Relatives of star's entourage obtain $70 million judgment

The families of four members of Jenni Rivera's entourage who were killed along with the Mexican-American superstar in a 2012 plane crash are entitled to $70 million, a judge has ruled.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig entered a default judgment on Tuesday against Starwood Management Inc., the owners of a Learjet that crashed in northern Mexico in December 2012. The judgment was entered because the plane's owners, Starwood Management Inc., abandoned their defense in the case and no longer have an attorney representing them.

The judgment was entered on behalf of Rivera's publicist, makeup artist, hairstylist and attorney. Their attorney, Paul R. Kiesel, said the next step will be getting Starwood to pay the judgment.

Rivera, 43, was known as the "Diva de la Banda" and died as her career was peaking. She was perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, and had moved into acting and reality television.

Rivera sold more than 15 million records over her career.

A case by Rivera's estate against Starwood and other companies over the crash remains pending.

Frankie Ballard Says 'Cigarette' Shows Who He Really Is [Watch]

Frankie Ballard is not a cookie-cutter country artist. Fans know that now more than ever thanks to his new single “Cigarette,” which the artist says is more representative of his true musical style and the rest of his record, El Rio, than his first release “It All Started with a Beer." Continue reading…

Appeal filed in copyright case of Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway'

Lawyers have appealed a jury decision that cleared Led Zeppelin of accusations it lifted a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven."

At attorney for the trust of the late Randy Wolfe filed a notice of appeal last week in Los Angeles federal court.

The trust for Wolfe, better known as Randy California, failed to convince a jury last month that the British band swiped a passage to "Stairway" from a short work he recorded with his band Spirit in 1968.

The filing does not provide legal arguments for why the case should be reconsidered.

Trust attorneys complained after the verdict that the judge did not allow jurors to hear the recording of Spirit's "Taurus."

Instead, jurors had to rely on renditions from the sheet music because that is the copyright-protected work, though it differs from the band's recording.

Attorneys for Led Zeppelin and the other defendants, including their record label, are seeking close to $800,000 in legal and other fees from the trust because it failed to win.

A hearing on that matter is scheduled Aug. 8

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