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Last Update on April 01, 2015 07:10 GMT

JONI MITCHELL TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Joni Mitchell has been taken to a hospital. Los Angeles fire officials say paramedics answered an afternoon 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives. But officials didn't verify her identity. Mitchell's website and Twitter account reported last night that she was in the hospital. A statement on her website says "Joni was found unconscious in her home." The statement adds, "She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits." It wasn't immediately clear what illness she had. The 71-year-old singer-songwriter told Billboard magazine in December that she has a rare skin condition, Morgellons disease, which prevents her from performing.

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Excerpt of Joni Mitchell

Sound of Joni Mitchell performing "Big Yellow Taxi." The 71-year old Mitchell is hospitalized in Los Angeles.

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Excerpt of Joni Mitchell

Sound of Joni Mitchell performing "Help Me." The 71-year old Mitchell is hospitalized in Los Angeles.

ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE TOUR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Keith Richards says he can't wait to get back on stage. The Rolling Stones will launch their "Zip Code" tour May 24 in San Diego's Petco Park. They will hit 15 stadiums. The stage design includes a thrust that extends into the audience. The tour begins the same week that the Stones will rerelease their "Sticky Fingers" album, which will include studio outtakes and live performances from that era. The super deluxe and vinyl deluxe editions will feature a working zipper, like the original cover had.

SCOTT WEILAND'S GUITARIST DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The day before Scott Weiland released his new solo album, he got horrible news: the guitar player in his new band had died. Weiland's publicist confirms the death of Jeremy Brown, the lead guitarist and songwriting partner in Weiland's new band, the Wildabouts. Brown was 34. Weiland writes on Facebook the band became concerned when Brown did not show up for a rehearsal Monday. He says an hour later, Brown's family called with the news of his death. A cause of death was not given. "Blaster," the debut album from Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, came out yesterday.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN PLAN FOR FIRST ARMENIAN SHOW

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- System Of A Down are planning their longest set list ever for an audience they've never reached before. Frontman Serj Tankian (TAHN'-kee-ehn) says they're planning a special show with a three-part video presentation in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 23. The band's members are of Armenian descent and it's System Of A Down's first show in Armenia. April 24 will be the 100th anniversary of what's recognized as the start of the Armenian Genocide at the hands of Ottoman authorities. Tankian says the band wants to draw attention to the issue and push the Turkish government to recognize the genocide.

JUSTIN BIEBER GOES TO MEDIATION

MIAMI (AP) -- Justin Bieber has attended a mediation session in an attempt to settle a dispute with a photographer who says Bieber's security roughed him up. Lawyers say Bieber spent five hours yesterday at a law firm in Miami with a mediator and photographer Jeffrey Binion. Binion is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed in 2013 in which claims he was assaulted by Bieber's bodyguard outside a recording studio. Binion's attorney did not say whether a settlement is near.

POP MUSICIANS REMEMBER FIRST TIME THEY HEARD THEIR SONGS ON THE RADIO

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Musicians generally don't forget the first time they heard themselves on the radio. The first time 5 Seconds Of Summer heard one of their songs on American radio, they took a picture of the radio. Drummer Ashton Irwin says they had just landed in Chicago and it was a great day. Jeremih (jayr-eh-MY') was also in Chicago when he first heard "Birthday Sex" on the radio, and it got played three times in a row. He says he'll never forget that feeling. Jason Derulo first heard his song "Watcha Say" on the radio at 4 A.M. while coming home from the studio and he thought, "This is not happening!" Adam Lambert says he first heard "What Do You Want For Me" on the radio in the car. He calls it "surreal" and "an original high."

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Jeremih (jayr-eh-MY'), musician

Jeremih says he recalls the first time he ever heard his song on the radio.

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Ashton Irwin, Callum Hood and Michael Clifford, musicians with 5 Seconds Of Summer

Ashton Irwin, Callum Hood and Michael Clifford of 5 Seconds of Summer say their first time on American radio came unexpectedly.

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Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo says he was exhausted when he first heard himself on the radio. ((note length of cut))

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Adam Lambert, musician

Adam Lambert says hearing himself on the radio was a high.

COUNTRY MUSICIANS REMEMBER FIRST TIME THEY HEARD THEIR SONGS ON THE RADIO

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jason Aldean remembers the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio because he refused to get out of his truck. Aldean says "Hicktown" came on the radio as he was getting out of his truck to go into a store. He says he kept driving around the parking lot to listen. Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line was home in Nashville when "Cruise" first was played on the radio and a friend called to tell him. Kelley says he jumped into his Tahoe, cranked up the volume and said, "Thank you, Lord." Aldean says a moment like that "changes your life," and Kelley says it's "the coolest thing ever."

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Brian Kelley, musican with Florida Georgia Line

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line says a friend alerted him the first time "Cruise" was played on the radio in Nashville.

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Jason Aldean, country singer

Jason Aldean says he first heard his single "Hicktown," on the radio when he stopped by a store on the way to a friend's house in 2005. ((note length of cut))

DAVID DUCHOVNY RELEASING ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) -- An "X Files" star is moving in a new direction -- music. David Duchovny is releasing his first album. He says "Hell or Highwater" will include 12 tracks he wrote. But many people will always think of him as FBI agent Fox Mulder -- on the hunt for extraterrestrials. Duchovny's album will be released May 12th.

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Jamie Friar

An "X Files" star is moving in a new direction, music. The AP's Jamie Friar reports on David Duchovny's new project. ((note language; cut contains album title ""Hell or Highwater" )) ((opens with sound))

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Theme from the show "The X Files"

Theme from the show "The X Files." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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David Duchovny,

Agent Fox Mulder tells agent Dana Scully that his mission to seek the truth has been unsuccessful.

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