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Last Update on July 29, 2014 07:06 GMT

LINDA RONSTADT WINS NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama made a confession to Linda Ronstadt: he used to have a little crush on her. Obama presented Ronstadt with the National Medal of Arts yesterday at the White House. It's the highest award given to artists and their patrons. Ronstadt has been suffering from Parkinson's disease, and a military aide brought her to the East Room in a wheelchair. However, she walked to the stage to receive her award. Others who received medals yesterday include "Chicago" and "Cabaret" composer John Kander and Dreamworks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg.

PITTSBURGH PLEASED WITH JASON ALDEAN CONCERT

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Concerts in Pittsburgh appear to be less of a mess. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says Jason Aldean's concert at PNC Park was a "cleaner and safer atmosphere" than other recent shows. The city's efforts included limiting tailgating to five hours before the show and passing out recycling bags. Luke Bryan's June show at Heinz Field and Kenny Chesney's concert at Heinz Field last year resulted in heaps of trash and dozens of emergency calls. City officials say ambulances took 32 people to area hospitals for the Aldean concert, mostly for intoxication. That's a slight drop from the number transported after the Bryan concert.

EUROPEAN UNION GIVES OK TO APPLE TAKEOVER OF DR. DRE'S BEATS ELECTRONIC

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Dr. Dre is one step closer to a big payday. The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared the way for Apple to buy Dre's Beats Electronics company for $3 billion. Dre and record label executive Jimmy Iovine (eye-VEEN') founded the company, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services.

PLAIN WHITE T'S COMPARE AUDIENCES

ELMHURST, Ill. (AP) -- Even though Plain White T's will play the same show in Paris as they would in Cleveland, it took them a while to realize every foreign audience is different. Singer Tom Higgenson says in Britain, if there's no drum beat, the audience will clap one out. He says in Japan, they are quiet and respectful during a concert and make noise only between songs. Higgenson says they're used to Americans who hoot and holler through every show. Plain White T's are currently on tour with The Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry.

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Tom Higgenson, singer for Plain White T's

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Tom Higgenson, singer for Plain White T's

Plain White T's singer Tom Higgenson says foreign audiences are distinctive.

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Tom Higgenson, singer for Plain White T's

Plain White T's singer Tom Higgenson says foreign audiences can be confusing if he's unaware of the concert culture there.

JIM PETERIK WRITES AUTOBIOGRAPHY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jim Peterik (PEE'-ter-ihk) of Survivor and of The Ides Of March recalls walking Janis Joplin to her hotel one time because she was too drunk to get there herself. Peterik also once got a call from Sylvester Stallone asking him to write a song for a movie. The song ended up being "Eye of the Tiger." Those are among the stories Peterik will expand upon with his new autobiography, "Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Survivor's Founding Member." It comes out September 23.

 
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