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Last Update on October 21, 2014 07:06 GMT

LORDE BANNED IN SAN FRANCISCO, ADORED IN KANSAS CITY

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Lorde (LORD) is getting no love in San Francisco, at least while the World Series is going on. Radio stations KFOG and KOIT have removed Lorde's song "Royals" from their playlists while the Giants play the Royals in the World Series. Lorde has said the song is partly inspired by seeing a photo of former Royals third baseman George Brett in uniform. Meanwhile, KZPT in Kansas City is responding by playing "Royals" every hour on the hour today. Game One is tonight.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

A pop song is in the thick of the battle for this year's World Series title. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel tells us about the players in that story. ((opens with music))

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Sound of Lorde performing "Royals."

MLB ANNOUNCES ANTHEM SINGERS FOR WORLD SERIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Trisha Yearwood will sing the national anthem before tonight's Game One of the World Series. Little Big Town will perform the anthem before Game Two tomorrow. Phillip Phillips of "American Idol" will sing before Game Three on Friday. Santana will perform an instrumental version of the anthem with his son for Game Four on Saturday.

PITBULL HOSTS AMAS, PLAYS HALFTIME ON THANKSGIVING

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pitbull will return as host of the American Music Awards. He did the honors for last year's show. Pitbull will also perform with Charli XCX. The American Music Awards will be November 23 in Los Angeles and air on ABC. It's a busy week for Pitbull. He releases a new album, "Globalization," the next day. He'll also perform the halftime show at the Cowboys-Eagles game on Thanksgiving as part of the Salvation Army's kickoff for its Red Kettle Campaign.

BRIAN SETZER DONATES GUITAR TO SMITHSONIAN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Brian Setzer's guitar is now a museum piece. Setzer donated his signature orange Gretsch guitar to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington last week. It's a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 "Stray Cat" guitar, but that's because the original one fell apart. Gretsch made Setzer a new one in 2006 that's so good Setzer could hardly tell it from the original. The 2006 replica is the one he donated. The guitar is in good company. Prince's Yellow Cloud electric guitar and Eddie Van Halen's "Frank 2" guitar are also part of the collection.

JOHNNY WINTER WANTED A GRAMMY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Johnny Winter believed that if his new record, "Step Back," didn't finally win him a Grammy, then the Recording Academy was nuts. That's according to his manager, Paul Nelson, who says Winter was intensely proud of the album. Winter died in July. "Step Back" features collaborations with Eric Clapton, Brian Setzer, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Leslie West of Mountain, Joe Perry of Aerosmith and many more. Nelson says Winter loved the music on "Step Back" because they're blues songs and that's what Winter always wanted to do. "Step Back" is out now.

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Johnny Winter's manager, Paul Nelson, says Winter had anticipated his "Step Back" album was going to breathe new life into his career. (note language in cut)

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Paul Nelson

Johnny Winter's manager, Paul Nelson, says Winter had quit drugs and alcohol in recent years and was showing marked improvement.

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Johnny Winter's manager, Paul Nelson, says Winter was proud of his "Step Back" album.

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Paul Nelson

Johnny Winter's manager, Paul Nelson, says Winter had things in mind he still wanted to accomplish.

SLEATER-KINNEY ARE BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- Sleater-Kinney have reunited. The band will release an album called "No Cities To Love" on January 20. They've released a new song called "Bury Our Friends." A Sleater-Kinney tour will begin February 8 in Spokane, Washington. They are releasing a boxed set called "Start Together" today. Sleater-Kinney are considered a major player in the punk scene of the 1990s and 2000s, and guitarist Carrie Brownstein went on to star in "Portlandia."

BOB SEGER GETS HEALTH CHECK BEFORE TOUR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bob Seger says he's in "pretty good shape" for touring. It meant he had to cut back on smoking, though, and he bikes 10 miles a day. Seger says he had a pre-tour checkup and he's good to go, starting November 19 in Saginaw, Michigan. Seger is not saying whether he'll do concerts beyond this tour, but he does say he's taking it a tour at a time. His new album, "Ride Out," came out last week.

TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASES SONG ABOUT NEW YORK

NEW YORK (AP) -- Just to show you that Taylor Swift has really gone pop: her latest single is about New York, not Nashville. Swift is releasing "Welcome to New York" on iTunes today. She co-wrote it with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Swift says New York has been an important location for the story of her life in the last couple of years. She says she sees New York as "a place of endless potential and possibilities." Her new album, "1989," comes out next week.

 
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