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WATCH: Pentatonix stuns with new cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

Pentatonix has done it again. The a cappella group came together to sing a stunning rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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Cohen released the song in 1984, and since then, it has been covered by multiple artists.

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>> Listen to Jeff Buckley's version

Fans seem to love Pentatonix's take on the classic, and many YouTube comments have been posted about the video.

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“I cried. Anyone else?” one user wrote.

“LOVE YOU PENTATONIX,” another said.

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Garth Brooks holds sports camp during West Virginia stop

Garth Brooks has taken time out from a concert tour stop in West Virginia to hold a basketball camp for children.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail ( ) reports the country music superstar participated in the camp Saturday at West Virginia State University in Institute.

Dressed in jeans and a black hoodie, Brooks encouraged camp participants and was on the floor during several drills. About 80 boys and girls ages 9 to 13 attended the camp. Members of the college's men's and basketball teams served as counselors.

Sports camps are common on Brooks' world tour. He says Saturday's camp will help children learn skills and how to be teammates while enabling the college athletes to give back to the community.

Brooks performed concerts in Charleston on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail,

DJ Khaled and fiancée welcome baby boy on Snapchat

It's a boy for music producer DJ Khaled and his fiancée Nicole Tuck, who welcomed their first child into the world early Sunday morning.

Khaled chronicled the birth in a series of snapchats showing the inside of the delivery room where he can be heard telling the doctor that "it's go time."

The video clips took place over a period of about 10 hours, showing nearly everything about the birth while his album "Major Key" played in the background.

After Tuck gave birth, Khaled said that he was going to let audiences hear the crying baby only. He also stamped his arm with the ink print of his son's foot.

WATCH: Weird Al takes on debate madness with 'Bad Hombres, Nasty Women'

This election has sparked hashtags, flooded the internet with "bad hombre/ombre" puns and inspired ladies across the country to rally in support of their fellow "nasty women."

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So it was only a matter of time before Weird Al Yankovic put his musical comedy touch on the absurdity of the 2016 presidential debates. 

>> 5 memorable moments from the third presidential debate

In a B-flat minor key, Yankovic serves as debate moderator for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It’s an alternate universe where arguments are made in song and interruptions are almost welcome for their unexpected musical panache.

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With pointed questions like, "Should everyone believe in the American dream, or should you sign up for my Ponzi scheme?,” Yankovic might be the debate moderator we never knew we needed.

Nobel academy member calls Bob Dylan's silence 'arrogant'

A member of the Swedish Academy that awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature to Bob Dylan says the American singer-songwriter's silence since receiving the honor is "impolite and arrogant."

Per Wastberg said Dylan's lack of reaction to the honor the academy bestowed on him last week was predictable, but disrespectful nonetheless.

"One can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is," Wastberg was quoted as saying in Saturday's edition of the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Wastberg said the academy still hopes to communicate with the 75-year-old artist, whose Nobel credits him with creating "new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

"We have agreed not to lift a finger. The ball lies entirely on his half," Wastberg told the newspaper. "You can speculate as much as you want but we don't." He was not immediately available for comments.

The academy said it has failed to reach the tight-lipped laureate since he became the first musician in the Nobel's 115-year history to win the prize in literature. The award was mentioned on Dylan's official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Dylan spokesman Larry Jenkins did not respond to an email Saturday seeking comment.

The literature prize and five other Nobel Prizes will be officially conferred in Stockholm on Dec. 10, the anniversary of award founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896.

Literature laureates have skipped the ceremony before. In 2004, Austrian playwright and novelist Elfriede Jelinek stayed home, citing a social phobia.

Harold Pinter and Alice Munro missed the ceremony for health reasons in 2005 and 2013, respectively.

Only two people have declined a Nobel Prize in literature. Boris Pasternak did so under pressure from Soviet authorities in 1958 and Jean-Paul Sartre, who declined all official honors, turned it down in 1964.

Although Dylan has not commented publicly on winning the Nobel, privacy and the price of fame have been themes in his music.

It's easy to read a response to Wastberg's remarks in the 1981 song, "The Groom's Still Waiting at The Altar."

"Try to be pure at heart, they arrest you for robbery," part of the lyrics say. "Mistake your shyness for aloofness, your silence for snobbery."

Each of this year's Nobel Prizes is worth 8 million Swedish kronor, or about $930,000.

Rick-rolled at 50: Astley has new music, new outlook

Rick Astley exiled himself from music for a good part of the last three decades, but he never really left pop's consciousness.

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For one, hits like “Never Gonna Give You Up” and “It Would Take A Strong Strong Man,” derided by critics as cheesy at the time, have endured. Then there's the whole rick-rolling phenomenon when a promised link on a website turns out instead to be an Astley video.

At first, Astley was annoyed by rick-rolling. Then his daughter helped him realize that it was cool and that it helped boost his profile during his fallow years by keeping his boyish face in ours.

He's even more appreciative now as he releases "50," his first album of new music in 23 years.

"The idea of me releasing a new record now I need every bit of help I can get," he quipped.

He may not have needed it as much as he thought: The album debuted at the top of the charts in his native United Kingdom, and when he performed his first U.S. shows in New York and Los Angeles over the summer, they sold out. He wrapped up a short U.S. tour earlier this month.

The still boyish-looking Astley recently sat down with The Associated Press to talk about life after his '80s pop success, rick-rolling and what music means to him now.

AP: During your break, did you ever long to get back to music?

Astley: I think you never lose that feeling of 'cause you know I still got an ego whether you retire or not. I mean, it's still there and there is a little voice on your shoulder sort of saying, 'You're better than him.'... I think that is one the lucky things about what I chose to do and what I love to do, you know ... it is a young person's world really, but you know an old boy like me can still make a record and can still make a bit of a splash.

AP: You think the whole 'rick-roll' thing was good for you?

Astley: Absolutely it was because I think if you're doing anything like music or movies, there is so much competition. ... And also there have been some really, really clever things done with that song. It has not just been rick-roll. There have been so many different things. One of my favorites is they got (President Barack) Obama to sing "Never Gonna Give You Up" (in a mash-up video) or say it at least, which I thought was brilliant. I mean, it's obviously somebody with too much time on their hands, but they also did that with "Mad Men" as well.

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AP: There are some artists who only want to perform their new songs. What's your take?

Astley: I'm not really in that camp, to be honest, because I had a long break from it, so it's not like I have been singing those tunes for 30 years. You know, I am fully aware of the fact that the only reason you know we had a No. 1 album in the U.K. with this record it's like the reason it got played on the radio with the first couple of tunes and stuff. ... When we play live and stuff, there is a part of me thinking, 'Great, we are going to finish "Never Gonna Give You Up," and I know every single person in this room or in this field knows that tune.' They might not all like it, but I know they all know it.

AP: What do you think of your music legacy? Are you resentful that some dismissed your music at the time?

Astley: No. I mean if I'd been a journalist and I had been reviewing my records ... you know I'm not so sure what I would think of it either. I mean, I think there are some really great strong pop songs ... but just looking at it you kind of think. 'Well yeah, but it's a bit manufactured. ' ... I don't hold any grudges for people who had a go at me, you know what I mean? That's for sure.

Daughter of man in The Piano Guys missing in Oregon

The 21-year-old daughter of one of men in the Utah-based music group The Piano Guys has been reported missing and may have gotten injured or lost on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, authorities say.

Anna Schmidt, the daughter of The Piano Guys' Jon Schmidt, was last seen Sunday, Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said. She was reported missing Wednesday, and her car was found a day later near Bonneville Dam.

Schmidt enjoys hiking and she recently bought a new tent and backpack. Crews were searching the area surrounding the Toothrock Trailhead on Friday.

Her mother, Michelle Schmidt of Salt Lake City, told KOIN-TV that she arrived in Portland this week to go on a camping trip with her daughter. After flying in, she learned her daughter hadn't been seen since Sunday.

Anna moved to Portland from Salt Lake City in July. She is 5-foot-4, 125 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who may have seen her is asked to call 911.

Jon Schmidt joined his wife in Oregon, and both were at the search command post Friday.

"If anyone was up here hiking Sunday afternoon, please take a look at the picture. If you know anyone who was hiking here, have them take a look at her picture, see if you recognize her," Jon Schmidt said.

Purported niece, others seek shares of Prince's estate

A Minnesota judge said Friday he'll try to rule quickly on whether state law entitles a purported niece, grandniece and nephew of Prince to press their claims to shares in the late rock superstar's estate.

Attorneys for Prince's siblings said at a hearing that the purported family members' claims should be rejected because they're not Prince's blood relatives, which they argued is required under a 2010 rewrite of the state's probate code. But lawyers for the would-be heirs cited a 2003 Minnesota Supreme Court decision, which they said is still valid, in arguing they don't need a genetic link.

Carver County Judge Kevin Eide is expected to declare that Prince's sister and five half-siblings are legal heirs to his estate, which is worth an estimated $100 million to $300 million. But he first must decide whether purported niece Brianna Nelson, her niece, Victoria Nelson, and purported nephew Corey Simmons count as heirs.

If Eide rules that Minnesota law supports their claims, he'll hold hearings next month on whether the three can prove enough facts about their relationships to Prince to qualify as heirs.

The three claim descent from the late Duane Nelson Sr., who they say was a half brother to Prince. Case filings indicate Prince's late father, John L. Nelson, was not Duane's biological father, but the three say John raised Duane as his son and Prince considered Duane his half brother.

Prince accidentally overdosed on painkillers in April.

Rocker Vince Neil pleads guilty in Las Vegas battery case

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for a sidewalk scuffle involving a woman outside a Las Vegas Strip resort in April.

Defense lawyer Richard Schonfeld said Friday the plea was submitted in writing Thursday in Las Vegas, and the 55-year-old rocker didn't appear in court.

The judge fined Neil $1,000 and ordered him to undergo impulse control counseling and stay out of trouble for six months.

Schonfeld says Neil is glad to put the case behind him.

The case came to light after bystander video surfaced showing actor Nicolas Cage physically restraining Neil last April 7 outside the Aria casino-hotel.

Cage wasn't charged with a crime.

Neil was accused of grabbing the woman and pulling her to the ground.

Motley Crue is known best for hard partying, famous girlfriends and 1980s-era hits like "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Dr. Feelgood."

Obama nixes twerking at final White House musical event

President Barack Obama said he's sad that one of his and the first lady's favorite traditions, musical night at the White House, ended Friday.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, have reserved certain evenings over the past eight years to celebrate music that has helped shape America. They held big blowout concerts spotlighting classic, country, blues, Broadway, gospel, Motown, Latin and jazz either inside the White House or out on the lawn.

The tradition ended Friday as Obama kicked off his final musical night, BET's "Love and Happiness" event in a tent on the South Lawn.

He joked that he wouldn't be singing any Al Green — despite the concert title. When Obama sang the opening lines of Green's "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser at Harlem's Apollo Theater in January 2012, the video went viral.

"We've had Bob Dylan and we've had Jennifer Hudson. Gloria Estefan and Los Lobos. Aretha, Patti, Smokey," Obama said to open the show. "I've had Paul McCartney singing 'Michelle' to Michelle and Stevie singing 'Happy Birthday.'"

"We've had Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger getting me to sing 'Sweet Home Chicago,'" he continued. "So this has been one of our favorite traditions, and it's with a little bit of bittersweetness that this is our final musical evening as president and first lady."

Jill Scott opened with a booming version of her hit "Run Run Run." The show was also featuring performances by Usher, The Roots, Bell Biv DeVoe, Janelle Monae, De La Soul, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams and Kiki Sheard.

Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse Williams of "Grey's Anatomy" and Angela Bassett were also appearing.

Terrence J, the former host of BET's "106 & Park," and actress-comedian Regina Hall were the presenters.

Obama described the ability to summon celebrities as "one of the perks of the job that I will most, along with Air Force One, and Marine One," the presidential helicopter. "You know, if you can just call up Usher and say, 'Hey, come on over ...'"

Before taking a seat in the front row alongside Mrs. Obama, the president reviewed White House musical history and said live performances have always been a part of life there, dating to 1801 when the U.S. Marine Band played at the first reception hosted by President John and Abigail Adams.

President Chester Arthur invited an all-black singing group to perform, and Teddy Roosevelt welcomed ragtime composer Scott Joplin because Roosevelt's daughter wanted to hear that "new jazz," Obama said.

Guests of President John F. Kennedy even did the "twist" in the East Room, "which may not sound like a big deal to you, but that was sort of the twerking of their time," Obama told the star-studded audience of several hundred people, seated in an elaborate tent that was used earlier in the week for the Obamas' final state dinner. "There will be no twerking tonight. At least not by me. I don't know about Usher."

Obama said the White House is the "People's House," so it makes sense that it reflect the diversity, imagination and ingenuity of the American people.

He said that, although much of the music being performed at Friday's taping "is rooted in the African-American experience, it's not just black music. It's an essential part of the American experience."

"It's a mirror to who we are, and a reminder of who we can be," Obama added. "That's what American music's all about."

BET says it will broadcast the show on Nov. 15.


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