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Last Update on May 22, 2015 07:07 GMT

TAYLOR SWIFT VIDEO SETS NEW HIGH FOR VEVO VIEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- Taylor Swift's video for "Bad Blood" has set a new record on Vevo. It was viewed 20.1 million times its first day of release, setting a Vevo record for most views in a 24-hour period. The previous record-holder was "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj. That had 19.6 million views when it came out last August.

ELTON JOHN ATTENDS GRAMMAR SCHOOL REUNION

LONDON (AP) -- The Pinner County Grammar School in London held a reunion for the class of 1958 and Elton John showed up. John posts on Instagram he has not seen many of his schoolmates in more than 50 years and it was as if they had never left school. While his classmates may have been impressed he attended, John was more impressed that his oldest pal, Keith Francis, made it. John says Francis flew all the way from Australia for the reunion.

MADONNA TOUR WILL HAVE LATE START

UNDATED (AP) -- Madonna is delaying the start of her tour because she says all the elements have to be perfect. The tour was supposed to begin August 29 in Miami. It will now begin September 9 in Montreal. Madonna says assembling the elements of her show is taking longer than expected, but she promises it will be worth the wait. The concerts set for Miami, Atlanta and San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be moved to January.

B.B. KING'S DAUGHTER WILL HOLD TRIBUTE

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- B.B. King's eldest daughter is inviting the public to see her father's body, then celebrate his life. Shirley King will hold a free musical tribute tonight in Las Vegas. A public viewing for her father will be held this afternoon in Las Vegas. Shirley King says when people are done being sad about her father's death, she wants them to come out and let the good times roll.

BOB BELDEN DIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jazz musician and composer Bob Belden has died. He passed away Wednesday in New York after suffering a heart attack in his apartment. He was 58. Belden was the first American musician to perform in Iran since its 1979 revolution when he toured there in February. He released a series of albums that were jazz versions of music by The Beatles, Prince, Sting, Carole King and Puccini. He also produced "Miles From India," featuring collaborations of Indian and American musicians doing Miles Davis songs, and "Miles Espanol," matching Chick Corea and Ron Carter with Spanish musicians.

JON BON JOVI PREMIERES NEW SONG AT RUTGERS' COMMENCEMENT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- Jon Bon Jovi's advice to graduates at Rutgers University came in the form of a song. Bon Jovi played a new song called "Reunion" that began, "This isn't how the story ends, my friends. It's just a fork along the road." Bon Jovi was one of the speakers at yesterday's commencement ceremony. He was also given an honorary doctorate of letters for his achievements in entertainment and philanthropy.

PASSION PIT SINGER IS NOT A SOCIAL MEDIA GUY

LONDON (AP) -- Sending a message to Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos (an-jeh-LAH'-kuhs) is like sending it into outer space. He probably is not going to answer. Angelakos says he sees the value in promoting his music on social media, but he values the distance he's created. He says if he does respond on social media, he wants it to mean something. He prefers to communicate with fans by getting personal with his music and his videos. Sometimes the videos get too personal. Angelakos says he really did get punched in the video for "Lifted Up (1985)" and the moshing was so intense he ripped his pants.

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<<CUT ..011 (05/22/15)>> 00:17 "kind of created"

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Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos says he doesn't communicate much on social media. ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..012 (05/22/15)>> 00:11 "to actually matter"

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Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos says he gets personal with fans with his music, so he doesn't need to do it on social media.

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Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos says the craziness in the video for "Lifted Up (1985)" is not acting.

<<CUT ..014 (05/22/15)>> 00:14 "sense to me"

Michael Angelakos (an-jeh-LAH'-kuhs)

Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos says besides communicating with fans through his music, he does it through videos as well.

AKON USES CELEBRITY POWER TO LIGHT AFRICA

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- For Akon, being an entertainer was just a gateway to doing bigger and better things. Akon says it's always been his dream to help millions of Africans. Akon's parents are from Senegal and he was raised in both Senegal and in the U.S. He started an initiative called "Akon Lighting Africa" two years ago with the hope of bringing electricity to a million homes in Africa. Akon told a United Nations news conference Wednesday he's not only done that, but his initiative has spread to 14 African countries.

JONATHAN EDWARDS REVEALS HE WAS ADOPTED AND HE GAVE UP A CHILD

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The man who turned "Sunshine" into a hit in 1971 is giving a clue to the secrets of his past with his new album cover. Jonathan Edwards says the photograph used as the cover art for his new album "Tomorrow's Child" is Edwards himself as a child, taken on the day he was adopted. Moreover, Edwards reveals he gave up a child for adoption before his music career took off. Decades later, he has reunited with both his birth mother and the daughter he gave up. He writes about those emotions in the song "Jonny's Come Home." "Tomorrow's Child" comes out June 23.

GRANDMASTER FLASH JOINS "THE GET DOWN"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Grandmaster Flash will be one of the creative forces behind a new Netflix drama directed by Baz Luhrmann. The Hollywood Reporter reports Flash will be an associate producer and adviser on the show "The Get Down." He'll even be a character. The series is about teenagers in the South Bronx in the 1970s who create hip-hop, punk and disco. The teenagers are fictitious characters, but they'll encounter historical figures, including Flash. "The Get Down" will premiere next year.

MUSICIANS, FORMER MLB PLAYERS SIGN UP FOR ALL-STAR SOFTBALL GAME

NEW YORK (AP) -- Macklemore, Snoop Dogg, Justin Moore and Nick Lachey (lah-SHAY') will show off their sports skills when they play in the MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game. Former pros Andre Dawson, Fred Lynn, Sean Casey, Paul O'Neill, Eric Davis and Aaron Boone will also play, as will Olympic softball gold medalist Jennie Finch. The game will be July 12 in Cincinnati.

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