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Last Update on July 03, 2015 07:10 GMT

ROBIN THICKE EXPLAINS HIMSELF OVER "BLURRED LINES," "PAULA"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Robin Thicke admits his heart wasn't into defending himself during the trial over the song "Blurred Lines" that resulted in a $7.4 million judgment against him and Pharrell Williams. Thicke tells The New York Times he was careless in his deposition because it came two weeks after he separated from his wife, actress Paula Patton. Thicke says the trial just wasn't as important to him as what was going on in his personal life. His attempt to win Patton back, the 2014 album "Paula," was a commercial and critical flop. Thicke says the only thing he would have done differently with that album is give it away.

STYX VISIT NASA SCIENTISTS

LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- Styx have met with the scientist who discovered Styx. Styx the band visited NASA's New Horizons team in Laurel, Maryland, on Wednesday and met with Dr. Mark Showalter, who discovered Pluto's faintest moon, also called Styx, in 2012. Showalter is a fan of the band and turned the tables on them by giving them an autographed poster of Pluto and its moons. New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern told the band, "When Pluto's moon was named, it was for the river Styx, but no kidding, we really had you guys in mind too."

NO FELONY CHARGES FOR P.DIDDY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sean "Diddy" Combs won't face felony charges for an alleged kettlebell attack at UCLA, but the case isn't over. The Los Angeles County District attorney's office has decided instead to turn the case over to the L.A. city attorney's office, which could consider lesser misdemeanor charges. The 45-year-old Combs was arrested last month for the alleged assault at UCLA's athletic facilities. Combs' son goes to school and plays football there. The hip-hop mogul says he was defending the two of them.

LIONEL RICHIE GOES NUMBER ONE IN UK

LONDON (AP) -- The Brits are going crazy for Lionel Richie. His "Definitive Collection" greatest hits album has gone number one on the UK's midweek chart following his appearance at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday that ran on national TV. Richie tells the BBC when he heard the news he was "screaming like a kid with his first hit record."

TYLER HUBBARD OF FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE MARRIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wednesday was wedding day for Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line. People magazine reports Hubbard married Hayley Stommel in an outdoor ceremony in Sun Valley, Idaho. Bandmate Brian Kelley was Hubbard's best man. The couple's golden retriever was the ring bearer. The couple are on their honeymoon in Turks and Caicos. Florida Georgia Line will pick up their tour next Thursday in Fort Loramie, Ohio.

STEPHEN COLBERT INTERVIEWS EMINEM ON PUBLIC ACCESS SHOW

MONROE, Mich. (AP) -- It was a surprise in itself that Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR') hosted a public access show in Monroe (mun-ROH'), Michigan, this week. It was more of a surprise when he introduced his guest, "local Michigander" Marshall Mathers, AKA Eminem. Colbert quizzed Eminem on his knowledge of Bob Seger songs, told him he has a "cute face" under his hoodie and suggested that rap is no way to pay the rent. Eminem said, "It sort of does."

JANIE FRICKE STARTS TEXTILE LINE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Janie Fricke (FRIK'-ee) is starting her second career based on her childhood love of sewing. Fricke has created a line of throw pillows, table runners and blankets she's selling as The Janie Fricke Collection. Fricke says she's been sewing since she was very young and she has made things for family and friends over the years. The items are for sale in specialty boutiques and through www.JanieFricke.com.

WALK THE MOON PREPARE FOR BIG GIG WITH ROLLING STONES

LONDON (AP) -- Walk The Moon will open for The Rolling Stones in Detroit on Wednesday, and it took every ounce of strength they had not to tell anyone before it was announced officially. Bassist Kevin Ray says it was "pretty exciting stuff." Guitarist Eli Maiman says the guitar parts of their song "Shut Up And Dance" are influenced by Keith Richards. He says it's cool that they will play with the Stones just as "Shut Up And Dance" is doing so well.

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<<CUT ..009 (07/03/15)>> 00:09 "pretty exciting stuff"

Kevin Ray

Walk The Moon bassist Kevin Ray says they nearly burst trying to keep the secret that they are going to open for The Rolling Stones.

<<CUT ..010 (07/03/15)>> 00:10 "doing so well"

Eli Maiman

Walk The Moon guitarist Eli Maiman says The Rolling Stones had an impact on their songwriting.

<<CUT ..011 (07/03/15)>> 00:17 "word for it"

Nicholas Petricca

Walk The Moon singer Nicholas Petricca says they looked to The Rolling Stones for inspiration while recording "Shut Up And Dance."

ANTHRAX CREATE ANOTHER BOURBON

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (AP) -- Anthrax are back in the bourbon business. They have teamed up again with Atlantic City Bottle Company to create a small batch of bourbon they are calling The Devil You Know. Their Indians blend of bourbon sold out. The Devil You Know Bourbon sells for $59 plus shipping through the Atlantic City Bottle Company's website.

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