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Last Update on November 26, 2014 08:05 GMT

MUSICIANS REACT TO NEWS OF FERGUSON GRAND JURY

NEW YORK (AP) -- The announcement that police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in 18-year-old Michael Brown's shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, is having repercussions in the music world. Garth Brooks writes on his Facebook page he called off his appearances in New York yesterday because he felt promoting his projects seemed "distasteful" while civil unrest is happening. He says he will make them up as the networks allow. Beyonce' has posted the statement from the Brown family on her website. Macklemore joined a protest in his hometown of Seattle. Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams tweets he's "heartbroken" over the news and prays for peace. Katy Perry tweets she's "praying for an equal America." Ted Nugent posted a profane message on Facebook that includes, "Don't let your kids growup to be thugs who think they can steal, assault and attack cops as a way of life & badge of black (dis)honor."

BOB DYLAN PLAYS TO AUDIENCE OF ONE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bob Dylan played Philadelphia's Academy of Music on Sunday and one person showed up. Rolling Stone reports Fredrik Wikingsson was the lone audience member, and it was by design. The event was part of a Swedish film series called "Experiment Ensam," meaning "Experiment Alone," and it's about people experiencing things alone when usually there's a crowd. Dylan and his band were paid an undisclosed amount of money to play four songs for just Wikingsson. Wikingsson says during the second song he yelled out "You guys sound great!" and Dylan laughed. Wikingsson says the birth of his two children were great but making Dylan laugh onstage was "unbelievable." The 15-minute film will be released on YouTube on December 15.

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME'S SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE RISES AFTER AD

NEW YORK (AP) -- Waka Flocka Flame has gotten 7.3 million visits to his Facebook page in the 24 hours after his Pine Brothers cough drops ad ran during the American Music Awards Sunday. His team tells the New York Post the ad has been shared 45,000 times. Waka says he thinks it's pretty great everyone is talking about his moment during the AMAs when he wasn't even at the show. The ad shows Waka in a smoke-filled room talking about using the drops for minor throat irritation. A Pine Brothers spokesman says NBC and CBS banned the commercial, and he adds, "They're in the Stone Age, because there is nothing offensive about the ad."

RICK ROSS DROPS WEIGHT AND ALBUM

ATLANTA (AP) -- Rick Ross has dropped almost 100 pounds in the last seven months. He says he does a version of CrossFit he calls "Ross Fit" that involves a series of exercises in a 20-minute span. He also used to eat big meals at 2 a.m. because of his schedule but he cut that out. Ross also stopped eating bread, white rice and fish fillets and started drinking less, but he didn't cut out everything he loves. He owns nine Wingstop restaurants around the country and stops by at least twice a week. He also says he just went out for fried Oreos and fried velvet cake as a treat. Ross released his seventh album, "Hood Billionaire," this week.

KURT COBAIN DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS

NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time, Kurt Cobain's family has given the OK to a movie about him. The documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" was made with the cooperation of the family and draws on home movies, journals and other personal archives. It will also include Nirvana songs and previously unheard original music Cobain wrote. It will be released in theaters next year and then run on HBO. The film's director and producer is Brett Morgen, who also did the documentary "Crossfire Hurricane" about The Rolling Stones.

LITTLE BIG TOWN EXPLAIN "GIRL CRUSH"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town had never heard the phrase "girl crush" before some Nashville songwriters presented him with a song by that name. Westbrook says it's not often that he's never heard of something before, which is why he was impressed. Bandmate Karen Fairchild went into the studio and Westbrook says she killed it. He says "Girl Crush" is one of his favorite songs.

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Jimi Westbrook, musician with Little Big Town

Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town says there's a song on their "Painkiller" album that threw him for a loop.

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Jimi Westbrook, musician with Little Big Town

Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town says "Girl Crush" blew him away when he first heard it because he never heard that phrase before.

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Jimi Westbrook, musician with Little Big Town

Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town says bandmate Karen Fairchild brought "Girl Crush" to life.

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