Reports on Tuesday that Clear Channel Communications, the nation's biggest radio station chain, released a list to its partner radio stations of songs they might want to avoid playing on the air is simply a rumor.
"The songs that made the list were supposedly handpicked by program directors on the West Coast," Pam Taylor, a spokesperson for the Texas-based company told Hollywood.com on Wednesday. "It is a rumor. We never banned any songs from airing on our radio stations."
Clear Channel Communications issued a statement today, as a result of numerous media reports, concerning an alleged list of banned songs on U.S. radio stations following last week's tragedy in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
"Clear Channel believes that radio is a local medium. It is up to every radio station program director and general manager to understand their market, listen to their listeners and guide their station's music selections according to local sensitivities," the statement read. "Each program director and general manager must take the pulse of his or her market to determine if play lists should be altered, and if so, for how long."
"In the wake of this terrible tragedy, the nation's business community is responding with a degree of hypersensitivity," explained Mark P. Mays, President and Chief Operating Officer of Clear Channel said.
James Cameron, acting general manager of Clear Channel Communications in its Aberdeen, Texas, affiliate, confirmed to Hollywood.com that he had next seen a list of this kind. "Our station has no intent in releasing such a letter or banning any songs from being played," he said.
Various Web sites posted copies of the list on Tuesday, showing that the songs had more than likely been picked because of their titles, Reuters reported.
Among the songs included were hard-rock group AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," Soundgarden's "Blow Up the Outside World," and even the Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway to Heaven." Surprisingly, Neil Diamond's "America" also made the list.
Even mellower tunes--such as "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas, "Imagine" by John Lennon, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel, "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens, "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by Peter, Paul & Marry, "Crash Into Me" by the Dave Matthews Band, and "Ticket to Ride" by the Beatles--made the list.
Taylor added that the rumor was actually cleared on Tuesday night, saying that Clear Channel Communications would never avoid playing the songs on the air. Furthermore, she said that a program director at one of their radio stations, which she did not name, will play all the songs on the list in a special show this weekend.
Clear Channel represents about 1,200 stations and broadcasts in 47 U.S. markets, ABCNews.com reported. One out of every 10 radio stations across the country broadcast under Clear Channel's banner.
Thousands of mourners gathered Friday in Manhattan for a funeral procession and memorial service for the late singer Aaliyah. Celebrities such as Sean "Puffy" Combs, Mike Tyson, Lil' Kim, Missy Elliot and Jay-Z attended. Aaliyah's casket was displayed in a horse-drawn carriage with glass sides, followed by five limousines draped in flower arrangements. Twenty-two white doves were released into the air following the service at St. Ignatius Loyola Church. Aaliyah died Aug. 25 in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
Walker, Texas Ranger star Chuck Norris and wife Gena welcomed twins on Thursday: a boy, Dakota Alan, and a girl, Danilee Kelley. Though the twins were born a month premature, there were no complications, according to The Associated Press.
Carson Daly's latest request: for Motorola to pay him $1 million. The MTV VJ, host of Total Request Live, Daly is suing the electronics company for allegedly backing out of an advertising deal for Daly to promote Motorola's line of cell phones. Motorola claims it could not pay Daly the sum due to economic woes within the company. A Motorola spokeswoman told AP that no contract between Daly and the company existed.
The five cast members of CBS' Becker who have disputed their contracts with the show's production company, Paramount Network Television, have settled their conflict out of court. According to Reuters, the fivesome--Terry Farrell, Alex Desert, Shawnee Smith, Saverio Guerra and Hattie Winston--filed suit against Paramount on Tuesday, but all parties have reached an undisclosed agreement. Paramount issued a statement on the matter, saying that the five actors simply suffered from "misunderstandings and miscommunication regarding Paramount policy."
Actress Anne Heche will speak about her long history of mental instability with Barbara Walters on Wednesday's installment of 20/20. According to ABC reports, Heche will reveal that she suffered traumatically from years of sexual abuse by her father and that she has an alter ego, named Celestia, who's from another planet and speaks to God. Heche also will reveal that she was insane during her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres.
Elizabeth Taylor, Nicole Kidman and model Claudia Schiffer scolded the world's young people Friday for turning their backs on the AIDS epidemic, according to Reuters. ``It is the most powerful thing in my life and I will fight until there is a cure,'' Taylor said at the Venice Film Festival. Speaking about today's youth, she said, "They don't like to use condoms because it doesn't feel so good. But death feels even worse." Kidman, however, soon let her thoughts turn to ex-hubby Tom Cruise. When reporters at the festival asked her what sort of man she's looking for now, the actress dissed Cruise by saying, "I'll take a tall man."
Singer Victoria Beckham, best known as Spice Girl "Posh," has told Reuters that she blames former Spice Girl Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell for instilling a weight-problem insecurity within her, going so far as to say: "Geri would say things such as don't put sauces on food, that low-fat things were just as good and that I could try not eating so much.'' Because of Halliwell's scrutiny, Beckham said she began to not eat altogether while the girl group was still together.
The article of clothing that embodied Sex Pistols lead singer Johnny Rotten's political philosophy--the famous "Anarchy" T-shirt--will go on the auction block Sept. 20 at Sotheby's. The white cotton shirt is expected to nab about $4,350. The shirt is part of a collection owned by Helen Wellington-Lloyd, who once lived with Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Reuters said.
Rap artist Eminem may sing about murdering his own wife and warble about his mother being a drug addict, but it's only to create controversy. The Grammy-winning artist says that everything he does is for his 5-year-old daughter Hailie.
Eminem told Q magazine that his daughter "knows at the end of the day Daddy is not what he says in his songs."
"When I say I'll murder my baby's mother, maybe I wanted to do it but I didn't do it. Anybody who takes it literally is a bigger idiot and 10 times sicker than I am," Eminem said.
The money the rapper earns is being saved for Hailie's college education, Eminem told the publication.
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Tupac Amaru Center for the Arts is being built in honor of slain rapper Tupac Shakur, The Associated Press reports. The Stone Mountain, Ga. arts center will open in March 2003, and will feature studio space for performing arts and a gallery containing art made by Shakur's fans following his death in 1996.
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The International Museum of Cartoon Art is leaving South Florida due to increasing debts, a looming mortgage payment and a shortage of paying visitors, The Associated Press reports. The $3.8 million building will be up for sale to pay for debts. Museum officials told the AP they are looking at several locations for a new home, including New York and Connecticut.
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Academy Award-winning director Robert Wise has added extensive tweaks to the sound mix and digital enhancements for more than 90 shots for the special edition DVD release of Star Trek: the Motion Picture--the Director's Edition on Nov. 6. "I'm happy with it now," Wise, 86, told Reuters. "This is the film that I really wanted."
U.S. filmmaker Taylor Hackford (Proof of Life) and Argentinean actress Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) have been added to be juries of the 58th Venice International Film Festival, which will run from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8, according to Reuters. Italian actor-director Nanni Moretti will preside over the jury, which awards the Golden Lion in the traditional competition.
Louis Armstrong's estate is selling his very first cornet, which was on display at the Louisiana State Museum from the late 1970s until the mid-1990s, The Associated Press reports. Reputable auction house Sotheby's predicts it will bring up to $100,000 when it's auctioned on the Internet Oct.1-15.
Pieces of the airplane country singer Patsy Cline was in when it crashed March 5, 1963, near Camden, Tenn, are also up for sale. Two Tennessee brothers plan to auction the belly and tail of the Piper Comanche on eBay beginning Sept. 1 and lasting for 10 days.