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It's OK to sing happy birthday even if you can't very well

The Rock thinks about singing happy birthday to a fan. (YouTube screenshot)

A judge recently ruled the song "Happy Birthday to You" is public domain giving everyone who didn't realize it wasn't the chance to sing it unencumbered. 

There's a bit more legal proceedings to go through, such as what do you do about the $50 million in licensing fees picked up by the massive company Warner Music. But right now, all that matters is you can sing this song even if your voice isn't any good.
Here are a few celebrities belting the song for you to practice these recently legal words.

Caution: The Rock makes some inappropriate references


VMA 2015: Kanye West is running for president

Kanye West spent an unprecedented and yet expected 12 minutes accepting this year's Video Vanguard life-achievement award during the MTV Video Music Awards.

If you didn't get a chance to hear it, GQ wrapped it up pretty nicely. 

Anyway, we're burying the lead here. The talented and quixotic rapper ended his speech on commercialism, weed and defending artists with this statement: I'm running for president in 2020. 

Now, Kanye is not the first rapper to make that claim. Waka Flocka Flame is on the campaign trail for 2016 - although he's a little young to actually make the run.

What is Mr. West's agenda? Do we need to now fact check all of his lyrics? 

Well, Kanye, 38, said that all that matters are ideas, the kids (bro) and people who believe in truth. It's definitely a straight forward platform. 

“We the millenials, bro,” Kanye said during his speech. “This is a new mentality. We are not going to control our kids with brands. We are not going to teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids. We are going to teach our kids that they can be something, we’re going to teach our kids that they can stand up for themselves. We’re going to teach our kids to believe in themselves.”

Kanye admitted to smoking a "little something" before he went up to "take the edge off." But this isn't the first time the 21-Grammy-winning artist has dabbled in politics.

You may remember in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Kanye famously said that then President George W. Bush didn't care about black people. 

Kanye also has an interesting relationship with President Barack Obama. Kanye has said before he feels used by Obama while Obama called Kanye a "jackass" after the infamous "Imma let you finish" Taylor Swift VMA acceptance speech in 2009. 


I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Now none of that matters for 2020 (check out that hindsight, Kanye) because one of the bigger issues is that his wife and potential first-lady, Kim Kardashian, recently just endorsed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by posting a selfie with her and writing "I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident."

Ironically, Kanye West is creeping in the background.

Anyway, will you vote for him? Not totally sure? Watch his acceptance speech, and maybe that will help you decide if you can stand behind Ye '20. 


- Will Houp

Kermit, Miss Piggy are "seeing other people, pigs, frogs"

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shleton. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock. News of celebrity splits keeps coming. The latest: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

This one, however, feels like a publicity stunt. The couple, after all, are starring in a new ABC sitcom, "The Muppets," which premieres Sept. 22, and they announced the split at a Television Critics Association panel. The TCA's Twitter account mentioned the breakup a few times:

See? Definitely a publicity stunt.

Watch the trailer for the new show:

— Erica Smith

"Zoolander 2": A look inside Derek Zoolander's brain

The movie you've been waiting for is almost here. That's right, the first trailer for "Zoolander 2" is out.

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as fashion models, but the sequel promises new cast members, including Kristen Wiig and Penelope Cruz, and several cameo appearances. Not that you'd know from the trailer.

"Zoolander 2" will hit theaters Feb. 12.

— Erica Smith

AMC's zombie apocalypse continues with a new series

"Fear the Walking Dead," AMC's latest zombie apocalypse series, promises pure chaos. Don't believe us? AMC has released a new trailer for the show's first episode, which is set in the same universe as, you guessed it, "The Walking Dead."

You have to wait until Aug. 23 for the 90-minute series premiere.

— Erica Smith

Lauryn Hill does Nina Simone for Jimmy Fallon

Back on July 10, RCA released a Nina Simone tribute album, appropriately titled “Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone,” which included selections from, among others, Mary J. Blige, Common, Usher and six songs by Lauryn Hill.

That’s decidedly more than anyone else contributed to the album, but Hill delivered some strong performances, so it’s hard to complain about her dominating the proceedings. Last night, Hill popped by “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and did her version of “Feeling Good,” which is likely to be the sensation you experience as you watch.

— Will Harris

R.I.P. Buddy Emmons, an all-time great at steel guitar

If you know anything at all about the steel guitar, then you probably know Buddy Emmons’ name, since he’s long been considered to be one of the all-time greats on the instrument.

Word reached the press this morning that Emmons has died at the age of 78, but he leaves a wealth of musical credits behind for fans to remember him by, with a discography that includes contributions to tracks by Linda Ronstadt, the Carpenters, Skeeter Davis, Buck Owens, Gram Parsons, Ronee Blakley, J.J. Cale, and you’d better believe that the list goes on and on and on. In Emmons’ memory, we present a live performance from 1980 where he delivers a spectacular version of “Night Life,” which shows you in a single song just how much the world of music has lost.

- Will Harris

Rolling Stone shifts film critic Peter Travers to freelance status

It’s fair to say that we are not unaware of the many issues that print publications are battling against in today’s economic climate, but Rolling Stone has been making some choices with its staff writers lately that are throwing longtime readers for a loop.

Only a few weeks ago, the magazine dropped longtime music writer David Fricke down to contract status, and they’ve just dropped film critic Peter Travers.

Between this and the UVA rape story fiasco, we can’t help but find that Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show’s classic ode to the magazine just doesn’t have the same ring to it anymore.

— Will Harris

Ferrell at the bat: Watch Will play baseball

We’ve seen proof that Will Ferrell can play both comedy and drama, but did you realize he could play baseball as well? We didn’t either, but HBO has released a trailer for “Ferrell Takes the Field,” a special which premieres on Sept. 12.

It follows Ferrell as he plays 10 different positions on 10 different teams, raising money for charity along the way – reportedly almost a million dollars – and getting a lot of laughs in the process.

Not that he’s necessarily a bad player, you understand. He’s just a funny guy.  

— Will Harris

Jeremy Clarkson and “Top Gear” gang drive over to Amazon

After all of the hubbub surrounding Jeremy Clarkson’s departure from the long-running BBC series “Top Gear” over reports that he’d assaulted one of the show’s producers, Clarkson’s fans will be pleased to learn that he’ll be re-teaming up with James May and Richard Hammond, his longtime “Top Gear” cohorts, for a new car-centric series on Amazon Prime.

Seeing those three guys together again will, we can only presume, be at least as much fun to watch as Clarkson rolling a Reliant Robin. If you don’t have any idea what we’re talking about, then you’ll definitely want to watch the clip that’s embedded below.

— Will Harris

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