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WATCH: Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game baffles viewers

Grammy award-winning recording artist Fergie was tasked with the pre-game national anthem for the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. On paper, that sounds like a great choice, but many viewers thought it could have gone better.

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Critics pointed out that Fergie’s voice was oddly erratic during the anthem. One sequence even led Warriors forward Draymond Green to burst out in laughter after Fergie strung together the vocal performance.

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Here's what social media users were saying

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Obviously, not every anthem is going to be perfect; not everyone can just bust out a Whitney Houston-type of anthem at will.

If you need to refresh your ears, here’s Whitney:

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Man who falsely claimed to represent Migos, scammed Emory University indicted

A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

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Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6.

Woods allegedly operated companies, including Global Talent Agency and GTA Bookings, which claimed to represent “dozens of famous musicians, comedians and other artists,” the Justice Department said. Woods had no relationship to any of the artists his companies claimed to represent, U.S. Attorney BJay Pak said. 

Emory University paid $37,500 to Global Talent Agency in early 2017, under the impression that they were booking Migos for its annual Dooley’s Week celebration. Two weeks before the scheduled concert, Emory’s Student Planning Council learned they had been victims of fraud, and that Migos would not be performing. The university was able to book rapper Ty Dolla Sign at the last minute, paying at least $85,000.

Emory is not the only school that was allegedly duped by Woods. The University of Missouri “and other victims” paid Woods’ companies to book artists for concerts and festivals, the Justice Department said. 

Woods received $66,250 in total for the fake bookings, a federal indictment says. That means Emory’s $37,500 payment accounted for more than half of Woods’ money. The U.S. Department of Education is also investigating the case.

Once Woods’ companies received the money, Woods would launder the funds by transferring them to other accounts and withdrawing them as cash, the Justice Department said.

Woods has pleaded not guilty and posted $10,000 bond on Feb. 13. 

Smashing Pumpkins reunite for tour

The Smashing Pumpkins will return to the stage this summer with their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha.

The “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Pumpkins’ formation and will highlight music from the group’s inception through 2000, with material from “Gish,” “Siamese Dream,” “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” “Adore” and “Machina.”

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Longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also participate in the live shows, as the band will present a three-guitar lineup to “better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.”

Earlier this week, the band hinted at the upcoming tour with a statement regarding original bassist D’arcy Wretzky:

“In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.”

 

Smashing Pumpkins 2018 North American Tour Dates

July 12, 2018 Glendale, Ariz., Gila River Arena

July 14, 2018 Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena

July 16, 2018 Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center

July 17, 2018 Houston, Toyota Center

July 18, 2018 Dallas, American Airlines Center

July 20, 2018 Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena

July 21, 2018 Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Center

July 22, 2018 Atlanta, Infinite Energy Arena

July 24, 2018 Miami, AmericanAirlines Arena

July 25, 2018 Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena

July 27, 2018 Baltimore, Royal Farms Arena

July 28, 2018 Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

July 29, 2018 Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena

July 31, 2018 Boston, TD Garden

August 01, 2018 New York City, Madison Square Garden

August 04, 2018 Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena

August 05, 2018 Detroit, Little Caesars Arena

August 07, 2018 Montreal, Centre Bell

August 08, 2018 Toronto, Air Canada Centre

August 11, 2018 Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

August 13, 2018 Chicago, United Center

August 16, 2018 Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center

August 17, 2018 Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

August 19, 2018 St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center

August 20, 2018 Omaha, Neb., CenturyLink Center

August 21, 2018 Sioux Falls, S.D., Denny Sanford Premier Center

August 24, 2018 Seattle, KeyArena

August 25, 2018 Portland, Ore., Moda Center

August 27, 2018 Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena

August 28, 2018 Sacramento, Calif., Golden 1 Center

August 30, 2018 Los Angeles, The Forum

September 01, 2018 San Diego, Viejas Arena

September 02, 2018 Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena

September 04, 2018 Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena

September 05, 2018 Denver, Pepsi Center

September 07, 2018 Boise, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center

Couple mistakenly goes to see Red Hot Chilli Pipers 

It was a colossal mistake, but hopefully Duncan Robb’s Valentine’s Day gaffe is under the bridge. After all, he wasn’t trying to encourage sick love.

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Robb thought he was buying tickets for his girlfriend’s “all-time” favorite band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Instead, he bought tickets for the “Red Hot Chilli Pipers,” which touts itself as “the most famous bagpipe band on the planet.”

Robb said he saw the tickets online when he was looking for seats to a boxing match and decided to buy them as a Christmas present. After all, the two tickets cost a mere $41 and the band would be playing in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mashable reported.

"When I clicked on and got tickets in row Q and for 30 each, I thought, 'What a bargain,' there must not be many tickets left and snatched them up straight away," Robb told Storyful. "Also, I saw the date was Feb. 10, so I could make it into a Valentine's Day weekend -- kill two birds with one stone."

When the tickets arrived in the mail, Robb still had not realized his mistake.

"Fast forward a month and we get the actual tickets through the post – brilliant! Up they went on the board – still nobody had noticed my mistake," Robb told Storyful. “It was only until the Wednesday before when my girlfriend wanted to know who was supporting them. She couldn’t find anything about the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing in Belfast.”

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are not just traditional bagpipe artists. Their repertoire includes rock ’n’ roll classics like AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.”

Still, Robb and his girlfriend could only laugh. 

“What else was there to do?” Robb told Storyful. “The only saving grace was that we had found out three days before and not while we were in the arena.” 

The pair went to the concert anyway and said they had a good time, according to Mashable. They hope to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers at a future date.

“I thought I’d got a good deal on tickets n’all,” Robb tweeted. “Had a nightmare.”

Country singer Daryle Singletary dies at 46

Country musician Daryle Singletary, best known for hits like "I Let Her Lie" and "Amen Kind of Love," died Monday morning, according to multiple reports. He was 46.

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WKRN reported Singletary’s death was sudden and unexpected.

McAlpin Entertainment employees broke the news on the company’s Facebook page Monday morning.

“Completely heartbroken to learn of the passing of our friend Daryle Singletary this morning,” the post said. “He was one of the best men we’ve had the privilege to meet and work with in this business, both professionally and personally. Please keep Daryle’s wife, Holly, and their four young children in your prayers.”

Singer Vic Damone dies at 89

Legendary pop and big band singer Vic Damone, who Frank Sinatra once said had “the best pipes in the business,” died Sunday, family members confirmed Monday to Fox News. He was 89.

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Family members told Fox News that Damone died surrounded by family at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.

French skater takes Beyoncé to the ice at Olympics

Call it Beyoncé On Ice.

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A French figure skater took advantage of a new rule allowing competitors to perform to music with lyrics during the Winter Olympics, as Maé-Bérénice Méité skated to a medley of hits by Beyoncé.

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Méité, decked out in a black-and-gold sequined jumpsuit, skated to a medley of Beyoncé’s hits, including “Run the World (Girls)” and “Halo,” Cosmopolitan reported.

The International Skating Union adopted rules allowing music with lyrics after the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, The New York Times reported. Traditionally, skaters could only perform to instrumental versions of songs, Billboard reported.

Méité, 23, said she picked Beyoncé for her routine because “(Her music) is crazy, wild, and fun," she told the magazine. “You can just dance to it, and that's how I am.”

Méité,  a four-time national champ, had a few rough spots during her performance Sunday, including a tumble during the middle of the program, but her choice of music certainly stood out.

She also performed her Beyoncé ice skating short program in January at the European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow.

Pink slams critic of Super Bowl national anthem performance

Pink is seriously not here for the haters.

The pop singer came down with the flu over the weekend, but despite the setback, she nailed her performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl LII.

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Pink mustered up the same energy later Sunday after someone on Twitter wrote that the singer “sucks” and called her fans “dumb” in a since-deleted tweet.

“Yeah but at least I suck while singing our countries national anthem, and you just suck by yourself on a dirty couch,” she wrote.

“Poor dude couldn’t handle the heat she brought,” said one fan, who noticed that the person who posted the insulting tweet has since switched his or her Twitter account from public to private after sending the message. The account was later made public again.

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“You were amazing! Coming from NYC when someone sings it with such feeling it takes me back to 9/11. Thank you for such. Beautiful tribute. I felt it in my heart,” said another fan.

Paul Simon announces farewell tour

Legendary musician Paul Simon announced Monday that he plans to retire from touring over the summer.

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Simon, 76, said he will kick off his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” on May 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The tour will wind through the U.S. and Europe before coming to an end July 15 in London. 

“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end,” Simon wrote in a statement posted Monday on Twitter. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.”

He said the decision came after the death of his friend and lead guitarist Vincent N’guini, who died in December.

“His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor,” Simon said. “Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.”

Simon said that despite his retirement from touring, he’ll likely continue to perform occasionally “in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall … to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”

The following tour dates were announced Monday:

DateCityVenueMay 16Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaRogers ArenaMay 18SeattleKey ArenaMay 19Portland, OregonMODA CenterMay 22Los AngelesHollywood BowlMay 23Los AngelesHollywood BowlMay 25Oakland, CaliforniaOracle ArenaMay 27Las VegasMGM Grand Garden ArenaMay 30DenverFiddler’s GreenJune 1DallasAmerican Airlines ArenaJune 2HoustonToyota CenterJune 4Austin, TexasFrank Erwin CenterJune 6ChicagoUnited CenterJune 8St. Paul, MinnesotaXcel Energy CenterJune 10DetroitDTE Energy CenterJune 12Toronto, Ontario, CanadaAir Canada CentreJune 13Montreal, Quebec, CaadaBell CentreJune 15BostonTD GardenJune 16PhiladelphiaWells Fargo CenterJune 19Greensboro, North CarolinaGreensboro ColiseumJune 20Nashville, TennesseeBridgestone ArenaJune 30StockholmEricsson GlobeJuly 1Oslo, NorwaySpektrumJuly 3Copenhagen, DenmarkRoyal ArenaJuly 5Antwerp, BelgiumSportpaleisJuly 7Amsterdam, HollandZiggo DomeJuly 10Manchester, United KingdomManchester ArenaJuly 11Glasgow, United KingdomSSE HydroJuly 13DublinRDS ArenaJuly 15LondonHyde Park, BST Festival

Simon has earned 16 Grammy Awards over a career that has spanned more than six decades. In 2003, he and Art Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for their work as the folk rock duo “Simon & Garfunkel.”

Simon has sold more than 100 million records across the globe. He is a member of the Songwriters and the Rock ‘n’ Roll halls of fame.

Tickets for Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” will go on sale in the U.S. at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9.

Pink battles flu as she prepares to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

Pop singer Pink is battling the flu, and she said it will make her blue if she is unable to sing the national anthem Sunday at Super Bowl LII.

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But for now, she has every intention of stepping to the microphone before the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles play in Minneapolis.

The singer, an Eagles fan from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, said Friday on her Instagram account that she is “trying to practice the flu away.”

“I’ve been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song,” Pink wrote.

>> PHOTOS: Pink through the years

She said the flu is changing what was one of her dreams into “a sort of nightmare,” adding that singing the national anthem is one of “the biggest honors of my life.”

Pink ended her post with the hashtags #pleasegivememyvoiceback and #ificansingimgonnakillit.

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