BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 15 May, 2015


15 May, 2015

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Tom Danehy: Why would anyone want to be a member of the anti-science party? (Tucson Weekly)
What isn't forgivable is the mindset that pervades the right wing in America today. Noted writer Isaac Asimov said it best with: "Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"

Will Oremus: Facebook Is Eating the Media. Is That Such a Bad Thing? (Slate)
In the long run, some [publishers] might find they're better off outsourcing their distribution and ad sales to well-funded tech giants and refocusing on what they do best: reporting the news. When you look at it that way, the media aren't really selling their soul to Facebook. They're just renting it out until a better deal comes along.

Seth Stevenson: The NBA Draft Is Broken (Slate)
Here's how to fix it.

Paul Krugman: Fighting for History (NY Times)
But I'm with Wren-Lewis here: progressives are much too willing to cede history to the other side. Legends about the past matter. Really bad economics flourishes in part because Republicans constantly extol the Reagan record, while Democrats rarely mention how shabby that record was compared with the growth in jobs and incomes under Clinton.

Gail Collins: Wow, Jeb Bush is Awful (NY Times)
If the version of Jeb Bush we've been seeing lately is the one we're going to be stuck with, then one of the other Republican contenders is going to win. Maybe the guy who thinks Obamacare is the worst thing since slavery. Or the guy who once linked vaccines to children with mental disorders. The guy who used to peddle a "Diabetes Solution Kit." The guy with the bridge traffic jam!

Mark Hill, etc: 5 Bizarre Things We Learned Animating Your Favorite Shows (Cracked)
Despite the fact that most of us are capable of having a conversation entirely in Simpsons quotes, we don't really know much about how our favorite cartoons get made (quite frankly, drawing anything more complicated than a stickman seems like pure sorcery).

Tag Gallagher: "Make Way for Tomorrow: Make Way for Lucy …" (Criterion)
McCarey's commedia draws us into each character, and in the first half of Make Way for Tomorrow, old Lucy Cooper (Beulah Bondi) is insufferable. Eventually, even her daughter-in-law Anita (Fay Bainter), the most empathetic soul in the movie, cannot help but look at her with hate indistin­guish­able from sympathy-as do we. This is what McCarey wants: that we share with characters the conflicting emotions that neither they nor we can reconcile. McCarey makes us complicit, which is what makes Make Way for Tomorrow almost unbearable.

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Approximately 50% of cork harvested annually worldwide comes from what country?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of this children's TV series character?

      Mr. Green Jeans                                                      Source

Hugh Brannum (January 5, 1910 - April 19, 1987) was an American vocalist, arranger, composer and actor best known for his role as "Mr. Green Jeans" on the children's television show Captain Kangaroo. During his days with Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, he used his childhood nickname "Lumpy".

Mr. Green Jeans earned his moniker from his distinctive apparel, a pair of farmer's overalls (later, jeans and a denim jacket) in his signature green (although, since the show was broadcast in black-and-white for much of its run, this was lost on viewers). He was a talented and inquisitive handyman who provided assistance at the Treasure House. He frequently visited the Captain with the latest addition to his menagerie of zoo animals.

Aside from Mr. Green Jeans, Brannum played a number of characters on Captain Kangaroo from 1955 to 1984, including The Professor, Greeno The Clown, The New Old Folk Singer, and Mr. Bainter the Painter. His role as Mr. Green Jeans was partly based on stories about a farm kid named "Little Orley" that he told with the Fred Waring orchestra, on the radio and on 78-rpm records under the pseudonym "Uncle Lumpy". According to Bob Keeshan, Mr. Green Jeans was an extension of Brannum's real personality. The shows were performed before a live audience. During one episode of Captain Kangaroo, a lion cub bit Brannum's finger and drew blood. Brannum stuck his bleeding hand into his pocket and never broke character for the remainder of the episode.

A long-running but incorrect rumor claims Brannum was the father of musician Frank Zappa, apparently because of a Zappa composition titled "Son of Mr. Green Genes" on his 1969 album, Hot Rats.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   Is that Mr. Green Jeans
  from Captain Kangaroo?

mj wrote:
   Co-conspiritor with Captain K, Bunny Rabbit, and Mr. Moose
  That would be frequent Treasure House visitor, Mr. Green Jeans.

Alan J answered:
   Mr. Green Jeans.

sandra in maine said:
   mr. green jeans

Luddite Lois Of Oregon answered:
   Fifty-ish years ago, Mr. Green Jeans was a hero to children of all ages for his knowledge of the ways of MOOSE and MICE.
  Today we have a different role model: MR. SKINNY JEANS! May god have mercy on our dirty little souls.

STEPHEN F responded:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   That is Mr Greenjeans from Captain Kangaroo.

Deborah wrote:
   It's Mr. Greenjeans, from Captain Kangaroo, right?
  It's the green jeans.
  In other news, the rain we were supposed to have late yesterday and today has failed to materialize. Hopes=dashed.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   The guy in the green jeans is Mr. Green Jeans, side kick to the guy with the
  big pockets on his jacket named Captain Kangaroo.

Adam answered:
   Mr. Green Jeans from the Captain Kangaroo show.

Harry replied:
   Mr. Greenjeans

Marian responded:
   Mr. Green Jeans

George said:
   Marty, I recognize that character - that's Mr. Green Jeans, from "Captain Kangaroo"!
  Just a few weeks ago, the radio program, "Weekend Radio", played the theme song from the show as part of its show that week!

DJ Useo answered:
   Hey! It's Mr. Green Jeans! He was a BIG influence on me as a young 'un!
  My mom's idea of babysitting me was to plant me in front of the tv.
  Often, I liked to watch Captain Kangaroo, as it amused me.
  Mr. Green Jeans' favorite bit that I liked, was when he'd play the acoustic string bass over his knee, as if it was a normal guitar.
  Years later, I was choosing what instrument to play in the school orchestra, & I recalled the fun he'd brought me, so I chose that instrument.
  Eventually, I was a music major in college, & played in many a professional orchestra.
  Many thanks to Mr. GJ!

Dilly-dally Dale of Diamond Springs Norcali replied:
   Hugh Brannum as "Mr. Green Jeans." He was famous for hanging out with that Kangaroo guy. Never watched that show. Popeye and Captain Fortune were better. And it's fuck this guy Thursday.

  Tomorrow is Ginger Friday!

Bob responded:
   gotta be Captain Kangaroo's sidekick Mr Greenjeans

MAM   , wrote:
   Mr. Green Jeans ~ Played by Hugh Brannum on "Captain Kangaroo".

Joe S     said:
   I know who it is. I remember him well, but Barney wants to tell you who it is.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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How Mothers Mother


It will hit with you, whether you're a mother or a child.

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from Marc Perkel


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Last Night

Got nearly an inch of rain. Supposed to rain again today.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Amazing Race', followed by the FRESH 'ACM Presents: Superstar Duets!'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Oprah Winfrey and Norm Macdonald.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE are Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Hailee Steinfeld.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Queen Latifah, Sam Rockwell, and a performance by the Broadway cast of "Something Rotten!"
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 4/30/15) are Cobie Smulders, Andre Braugher, and Phil Hanley.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/24/15) are Kurt Braunohler, the Budos Band, and Haaz Sleiman.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by a FRESH 'Beyond The Tank', then '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Paul Giamatti and "Science Bob" Pflugfelder.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH 'The Messengers'.

Faux fills the night with the movie 'Scream 2'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

A&E has all 'Criminal Minds' all night.

AMC offers all 'Mad Men' all night.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Burger Kitchen, Part 1
 [7:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Burger Kitchen, Part 2
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Handlebar
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 11 - The Crimson Horror
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 12 - Nightmare in Silver
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 13 - The Name of the Doctor
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 7 - The Enemy
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 8 - The Price
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 26 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 1 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Family
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Brothers
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Suddenly Human
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 5 - Remember Me
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Legacy
 [9:00PM]    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
 [11:30PM]    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 26 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 1 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Family
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Brothers    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has the movie '50 First Dates', then the movie '50 First Dates', again.

Comedy Central has 'Tosh.0', 'Inside Amy Schumer', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'Men In Black III', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups', then the movie 'Grown Ups', again.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens: The Ultimate Evidence', then a FRESH 'Hangar 1: The UFO FIles'.

IFC  -   
 [9:45AM]    ATM
 [4:15PM]    NIGHT SHIFT
 [2:00AM]    SUPER

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Approval Matrix-Do's & Don'ts
 [6:45AM]    Hysteria
 [8:45AM]    127 Hours
 [10:45AM]    Unforgiven
 [1:45PM]    The Sentinel
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Helpless
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Self-Defense
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Shadow
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Burned
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Ritual
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Under the Influence
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Expert
 [12:00AM]    The Hunting Party
 [2:15AM]    The Night Listener
 [4:00AM]    127 Hours    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction', followed by a FRESH 'Bitten'.

TCM spends most of the night with Orson Welles
 [6:00 AM]      The Reckless Moment (1949)
 [7:30 AM]      The Prisoner Of Zenda (1952)
 [9:15 AM]      A Star Is Born (1954)
 [12:30 PM]      North By Northwest (1959)
 [3:00 PM]      Lolita (1961)
 [5:45 PM]      The Last of Sheila (1973)
 [8:00 PM]      Chimes at Midnight (1967)
 [10:15 PM]      Orson Welles: The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice (1952)    [AKA: 'The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice']
 [12:00 AM]      Macbeth (1948)

 [2:00 AM]      Throne of Blood (1957)
 [4:00 AM]      Yojimbo (1961)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  05/16/15

 [6:00 AM]      Confessions Of A Nazi Spy (1939)
 [8:00 AM]      Things To Come (1936)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman: A Nipponese Trap (1943)
 [10:30 AM]      The Hidden City (1950)     [AKA: 'Bomba and the Hidden City']
 [12:00 PM]      Flipper (1963)
 [1:45 PM]      Mighty Joe Young (1949)
 [3:30 PM]      The Sundowners (1960)
 [6:00 PM]      3 Godfathers (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      The Red Shoes (1948)
 [10:30 PM]      The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
 [12:45 AM]      Invitation to the Dance (1956)
 [2:30 AM]      An American Hippie in Israel (1972)
 [4:15 AM]      I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'Cold Justice'.

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Actors Sean Penn, right, and Charlize Theron pose for photographers as they arrive for the screening of the film Mad Max: Fury Road at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 14, 2015.
Photo by Lionel Cironneau


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


CBS Upfront

Stephen Colbert

CBS brought out its biggest gun at the network's upfront presentation at New York's famed Carnegie Hall on Wednesday: Stephen Colbert, who's poised to take over "The Late Show" after David Letterman retires.

The former "Colbert Report" host cracked up advertisers as he joked about ditching his conservative persona and going on a voyage of self-discovery.

Colbert went on to say that he was proud to join The Tiffany Network and explained, "Tiffany, of course, was the name of William Paley's favorite stripper," a reference to the venerable CBS pioneer. "It was this close to being 'The Cinnamon Network.'"

Colbert also took a shot at Fox boss Rupert Murdoch, telling the assembled advertisers that they "want young eyeballs, and not just the ones Rupert Murdoch buys on the black market."

Stephen Colbert


David Duchovny and actress Gillian Anderson kiss during his performance at The Cutting Room, in support of the release of his debut album "Hell Or Highwater", on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Fox "News" Channel Comedy

'Greg Gutfeld Show'

Fox News Channel is often the subject of critique by hosts of satirical programs like "The Daily Show." Now, the network will launch a program that features monologues and parodies all its own.

The 21st Century Fox-owned outlet said it would launch a "comedic news hour" on Sunday nights hosted by Greg Gutfeld. "The Greg Gutfeld Show" will debut on May 31st at 10 p.m.,and will feature "parodies on current events, conversation on key issues and signature monologues showcasing Gutfeld's eclectic humor," the network said Thursday. Gutfeld is also expected to interview right-wing newsmakers, culture critics, and media personalities on major headlines of the week. Joanne Nosuchinsky, a Fox News contributor, will provide offbeat reports and commentary on the program.

Gutfeld, a former editor of Men's Health and Stuff magazines, is expected to continue as co-host of the Monday-to-Friday talk show "The Five" and to make appearances on Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor."

The anchor had been hosting a wee-hours program on Fox News called "Red Eye," that ran between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. from 2007 until late February. Fox News said a rotating group of correspondents would continue to lead that program for the time being.

'Greg Gutfeld Show'


Newhead News


Will Not Moderate Republican Debate

Judas Stephanopoulos

ABC News anchor George "Judas" Stephanopoulos will not moderate a Republican presidential debate next winter, part of the fallout after revelations that the network's top political anchor contributed $75,000 over a three-year period to the Clinton Foundation.

Stephanopoulos voluntarily stepped away from the Feb. 6 debate, ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley said Thursday. It is one of nine debates sanctioned by the Republican National Committee.

The co-host of "Good Morning America" and host of the Sunday morning public affairs program "This Week" earlier had apologized for not disclosing his contributions to his employer and viewers. The three donations of $25,000 each in 2012, 2013 and 2014 were made to the foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton because of the organization's work on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, Stephanopoulos said.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican expected to run again, told reporters that Stephanopoulos shouldn't be moderating Democratic debates. He wasn't sure about the Republicans.

"Most of the media is not particularly friendly to our side so I don't think that necessarily distinguishes him in that regard," Santorum said.

Judas Stephanopoulos


Michele Lepe, left, and Rita Moreno of "Nina's World" attend the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2015 Upfront at The Jacob Javits Center on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Ring Fetches $7.3 Million

Kashmir Sapphire

A prize 35-carat sapphire from Kashmir has fetched $7.3 million, according to the auction house Christie's.

The sale, to a private anonymous Asian buyer, set a world record for a Kashmir sapphire at $209,689 per carat, Christie's said in a statement.

Kashmir sapphires are sought after for their rich cornflower blue or velvety blue color. Sapphire-bearing rock deep in the northwestern Himalayas was exposed in a rock slide in 1881, prompting a rush of mining activity. The mines were exhausted by the 1930s.

The cushion-shaped sapphire ring that sold Wednesday is set with triangular-cut diamond shoulders and baguette-cut diamonds elsewhere, mounted in gold. The sapphire is of the notable velvety hue often compared to the color of a peacock's neck feathers.

Kashmir Sapphire


Wake-up Call


Appointed Ukraine Presidential Aide


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has appointed John McCain, a hawkish US senator who has pressed Washington to send lethal weapons to war-torn Ukraine, as his advisor, his administration said.

Ukraine's pro-Western authorities are putting together an advisory council to help the ex-Soviet country conduct reforms and build global support for Ukraine.

Pending his agreement, McCain, the Republican senator for Arizona, will become a member of the council, along with Carl Bildt, the former prime minister of Sweden known for his vocal criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a decree released by Poroshenko's administration on Wednesday.

The US senator said he would be honoured to take up the post, adding however that he first had to be cleared by the Senate.



British artist David Hockney poses for photographers in front of his photographic drawing printed on paper "The Chairs" which features as part of the "David Hockney Painting and Photography" exhibition at the Annely Juda Fine Art gallery in London, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The show, which runs from May 15 to June 27, is an exploration of Hockneyâs interest in perspective and features a series of portraits, including his American friends playing cards, and other scenes painted in his Los Angeles studio in 2014 and 2015.
Photo by Matt Dunham


Court Overturns Verdict

Oregon National Guardsmen

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned on Thursday a jury verdict awarding $85 million to 12 Army National Guardsmen who accused defense contractor KBR of failing to protect them from cancer-causing chemicals when they served in Iraq.

An Oregon jury awarded each of the guardsmen $850,000 in noneconomic damages and another $6.25 million in punitive damages in 2012 for "reckless and outrageous indifference" to their health while they were providing security for civilian workers restoring an Iraq oil industry water plant in 2003 after the U.S.-led invasion.

KBR has been appealing that decision for the last year, arguing the U.S. District Court in Portland did not have jurisdiction in the case.

The appeals court agreed and referred it back to Oregon district court where it could be either dismissed or transferred to another court, KBR lead trial attorney Geoffrey Harrison said.

Harrison said it was possible the case could be moved to a Texas court where approximately 133 similar claims are being heard.

Oregon National Guardsmen


Cast member Salma Hayek reacts as she poses on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Tale of Tales" in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 14, 2015.
Photo by Regis Duvignau


Argentine Judge To Decide Fate

Sandra The Orangutan

An Argentine judge began hearing expert testimony this week to decide what to do with an orangutan named Sandra after another court ruled she was entitled to certain human rights, including the right to be freed from the Buenos Aires Zoo.

In a world first, a court in the Argentine capital ruled in December that Sandra, a 29-year-old female, was entitled to some of the same basic rights as humans, after lawyers filed a writ of habeas corpus on her behalf, alleging unlawful imprisonment.

The latest hearings are to decide whether Sandra, who has spent her life in zoos, can reasonably be released into the wild or the semi-freedom of an animal sanctuary.

Sandra -- who was born at the Zoo Rostock in Germany in 1986 and was sent to Argentina in 1994 -- is known for her shyness, often hiding from sight in her enclosure.

Wild orangutans have a life expectancy of about 30 to 40 years. Captives can live longer.

Sandra The Orangutan


Cooper Hefner (L), son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, poses with girlfriend actress Scarlett Byrne, who played Pansy Parkinson in the Harry Potter films, during the announcement of 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year at a luncheon on the garden grounds of the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California May 14, 2015.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian


First of Its Kind Ever Seen

Quasar Quartet

A giant nebula in the early universe hits the jackpot when it comes to rare, bright objects known as quasars, boasting four within surprisingly close proximity to one another. The first known quasar quartet lies in a cloud of cool gas that could provide a clue to the objects' unusual closeness.

"Multiple-quasar systems are rare, because quasars themselves are rare," Joseph Hennawi, of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany, told by email.

The center of every galaxy boasts a supermassive black hole millions of times the mass of the sun. Material swirling around the rim of the black hole travels near the speed of light, emitting an enormous amount of energy before it is consumed. If the supply is large enough, it enters the quasar phase of its evolution, far outshining its parent galaxy to become one of the brightest objects in the universe.

But the lives of quasars are extremely brief; according to Hennawi, a quasar shines somewhere between 10 million to 100 million years in the 10-billion-year lifetime of a galaxy. This makes the objects extremely rare and hard to find. Discovering four so close together came as something of a shock.

The research is published online today (May 14) in the journal Science.

Quasar Quartet


Burlesque performer Miss Cairo from Great Britain performs on stage during the "Twirling Dirndl Burlesque Gala" at the Boylesque Festival in Vienna, Austria, May 14, 2015.
Photo by Leonhard Foeger


Top 20

Global Concert Tours

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. One Direction; $5,502,391; $104.29.
    2. Violetta; $2,114,224; $80.84.
    3. Fleetwood Mac; $1,673,242; $120.00.
    4. Kenny Chesney; $1,530,929; $76.54.
    5. Maroon 5; $1,456,267; $91.04.
    6. Juan Gabriel; $1,175,732; $95.02.
    7. Chris Brown; $1,073,882; $99.43.
    8. Lionel Richie; $821,580; $86.53.
    9. The Script; $744,106; $47.99.
   10. Ricardo Arjona; $718,988; $106.04.
   11. "X Factor Live"; $697,561; $58.05.
   12. Charlie Wilson; $594,673; $72.90.
   13. Ariana Grande; $584,567; $48.36.
   14. Usher; $573,900; $69.40.
   15. Jason Aldean; $563,635; $53.63.
   16. Spandau Ballet; $541,677; $84.10.
   17. Miranda Lambert; $525,701; $58.82.
   18. Eric Church; $522,550; $45.41.
   19. Florida Georgia Line; $507,320; $54.05.
   20. Blue Man Group; $466,392; $54.63.

Global Concert Tours



In Memory

B.B. King

Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says.

Attorney Brent Bryson tells The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.

The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the blues and influenced a generation of musicians with his heartfelt vocals and soaring guitar on songs such as " The Thrill Is Gone."

King sold millions of records worldwide and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

King played a Gibson guitar that he affectionately called Lucille and was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists including Eric Clapton.

He was awarded his 15th Grammy in 2009 in the traditional blues album category for "One Kind Favor."

B.B. King



Horses move in a herd around a fenced in area during the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue program at Murray State University's Equine Center, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Murry, Ky. It is the second year the school hosted the event, assistant professor Shea Porr said.
Photo by John Paul Henry



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