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kristinbauer-072914.jpg "True Blood" actress Kristin Bauer van Straten fired the most recent shot in the ongoing war of words between the Republican party and HBO. The beef started after the show ran an episode in which included an event for Senator Ted Cruz in which both the Senator and the GOP were repeatedly mocked. Palin later stepped forward in response to the episode.

RandyTravis-052912.jpg Randy Travis is prepping the release of Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am, an effort that will see him cover a variety of his musical heroes. "We had such a great time putting together Influence Vol. 1, but there were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor," Travis said in a press statement.

kiss-110209.jpg Ace Frehley, former KISS guitarist, isn't happy that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are carrying on the group's name without him. Speaking with the Express, he went so far as to say that the two are going to "look foolish" when his new album comes out: "It's a joke. In concert, I always delivered, and 95 percent of the time I delivered on record."

FreddiePrinze-081314.jpg Freddie Prinze Jr. says that he contemplated quitting acting after appearing on Fox's hit show "24." During a recent interview with ABC News, Prinze not only slammed the show but also claimed the star Kiefer Sutherland was nearly impossible to work with. "I did '24,' it was terrible. I hated every moment of it," Prinze said in the interview. "Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude . . ."

Common-070811.jpg Common has released the music video for "Diamonds," featuring Big Sean. The black and white clip, shot in L.A., features the pair dropping their verses without interference. "No matter what situation you gotta get to shining," the Chicago MC told Rap-Up TV of the No I.D.-produced song.

jasonaldean-100909.jpg Jason Aldean has opened up on his recent drinking binge with fellow star Kenny Chesney, saying that a casual trip to Nashville's Buffalo Wild Wings with his girlfriend ended in an all-day drinking session. "He goes, 'Well, I'm at somewhere. We've been drinking margaritas all day,'" Aldean told ABC News.

rapperT-I.jpg T.I. teamed up with Fall Out Boy and London Grammar on the debut episode of VH1's SoundClash, a program that brings together unexpected collabs for a live performance. Tip, Patrick Stump of FOB and Hannah Reid of London Grammar hooked up for a rendition of "Live Your Life."

jackwhite-112009.jpg Jack White popped up during Beck's Rhode Island gig over the weekend where the two performed some classic Beck tracks, including "Loser," "Where It's At," "Pay No Mind" and "One Foot in the Grave." Beck inexplicably introduced White as "the best bartender in the world" before launching into the tunes. John Lennon's son, Sean Lennon, was spotted playing tambourine.

LukeBryan.jpg Luke Bryan has teamed up with Miller Lite to provide 45 Army and Air Force service men and women the opportunity to see his show at Chicago's Soldier Field for free. He plays the venue on August 31. "We are excited to give these incredible service men and women the chance to win a truly amazing experience," said Ryan Reis, Miller Lite senior director in a press release.

KarenO-081811.jpg Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has released "Rapt," the lead single from her upcoming album, Crush Songs, due September 8. The set, recorded between 2006-2007, is described as a "collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings." "When I was 27 I crushed a lot," O said in a statement. "I wasn't sure I'd ever fall in love again."

DoobieBrothers-030111.jpg The Doobie Brothers have unveiled the guest list for their upcoming country tribute album Southbound. According to guitarist and singer Patrick Simmons, the group was surprised to hear they had so many fans in the genre: "The artists picked the tracks. It's a best-of, if you will, but it's re-done by incredible Nashville players in the studio . . ."

Taylorswift-042412.jpg Taylor Swift responded to a young lovelorn fan on Instagram who asked her guy advice. The girl, Hannah, writes that she has "the biggest crush in the whole wide world on [him], and he'll never like me back." "I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized," responded Tay Tay.

Ozzy3.jpg Ozzy Osbourne will release Memoirs of a Madman, a two-disc solo career spanning set, due October 7. The set features a CD, including 17 of Oz's greatest hit singles, while a companion DVD, features music videos, live performances and interviews. The set will also be available as a double-vinyl set and a limited-edition double-vinyl picture disc.

chainz-040314.jpg 2 Chainz has released the music video for "Freebase," which recreates the Michael Jackson video for "Thriller." Chingy wears the signature red leather jacket and transforms into a zombie for the remake. "Hands down best video I've Ever shot!!!" tweeted 2 Chainz. The visual also attaches a disclaimer at the outset: "This video is for entertainment purposes only."

Eltonjohn-071511.jpg Elton John has given screenwriter Lee Hall access to his diaries to help him with the writing of the upcoming Rocketman biopic. Hall, speaking with the BBC, said Elton is eager to make a true to life film: "One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab . . ."