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Published: 4/10/13 @ 12:00


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Paisley-LL Cool J stir up controversy

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Brad Paisley’s collaboration with LL Cool J on “Accidental Racist” has accidentally kicked up some controversy.

The song about racial perception has drawn ire from both the country and urban music worlds after its wide release.

Paisley’s publicist says he isn’t giving interviews about the song. But he briefly addressed the debate Monday on Twitter when he reposted a blog entry and noted the debate is “Cool.” He also told fans his new album, “Wheelhouse,” out this week, “is meant to be FAR from easy listening.”

At its heart, the song is about how cultural symbols favored by whites and blacks — the fashion choice of wearing Confederate flags or baggy pants, for instance — come loaded with meaning.

Church-based dating show in development

NEW YORK

The GSN TV network is looking to build on the success of “The American Bible Challenge” with a church-based dating show.

“The American Bible Challenge,” which just began its second season, is a runaway hit for the cable network. Jeff Foxworthy is host of the show, which quizzes contestants on their Biblical knowledge.

GSN is developing “It Takes a Church,” where church parishioners compete to find a love interest for a single member of the congregation. GSN programming chief Amy Introcase-Davis said Tuesday that no air date has been set for the new show.

Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin has joined “The American Bible Challenge” as its musical director.

Yo-Yo Ma joins rocker to call for arts funding

WASHINGTON

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers Tuesday to increase funding for the arts in a year of deep federal budget cuts.

The rocker and classical musician briefly jammed together for a gathering of legislators and arts advocates who planned to visit congressional offices. They performed with bagpiper Cristina Pato and dancing star Lil Buck.

Sorum said his mother was a music teacher and that his high school classes in orchestra, jazz and marching band were critical in launching his career in music and in business .

Vindicator wire services