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  • Katy Perry Rises This Week On In The Mix With HKâ„¢


        Katy Perry recently released Rise, it’s her first new single in two years and she also wrote it! Here’s what the Grammy nominee said in a statement about her latest track – “This is a song that’s been brewing inside m...

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  • “This Girl” Is This Weeks Pick To Hitâ„¢


        This Girl is Kungs reworking of a Cookin’ On 3 Burners song. The track has gone #1 on the French and German charts, #2 on the UK Singles Chart and this week it’s the Pick To Hit™ on In The Mix with HK™. Kungs, born Va...

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  • Justin Timberlake Back To The Big Screen And In The Mix With HK!


        Justin Timberlake is set to join the cast of Kate Winslet and Jim Belushi for...

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  • FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND HK STYLE!


        John Adams wrote that Independence Day … ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward and forever more. If President Adams were alive today...

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  • This Week The Chainsmokers Get In The Mix with HKâ„¢


        The Chainsmokers have had a smokin’ hot year! With hits like Don’t Let Me Down featuring Day...

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  • Pop Stars Are Selling More Than Music


        Pop stars upped their multiple revenue streams years ago when record sales started to tank. Merch used to be a T-shirt. Now it’s jewelry, shoes, hats, hand bags, even nail polish. Today stars are more serious than ever with their non-music endeavors. Kanye West, J Lo andSelena Gomez&nb...

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  • Tryon Gets In The Mix With HKâ„¢


      Tryon is a pop duo consisting of brothers Stephen and Justin Kirk. They Grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both learned to sing and play multiple instruments. Justin recalls “We’d play and sing for anyone who would listen”. These days the duo is living in Nashville, have opened up for national acts like Carrie Underwoo...

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  • Will Zayn Do It Again?


      Zayn has been busy since exiting One Direction a year ago, saying “I wasn't 100% behind the music. It wasn't me.” Since then his music is all about him, even naming his recently released first solo album Mind of Mine. The first single of that LP, Pillow Talk,  ...

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  • Meghan, Selena, Bebe & Daya Are Killing it On In The Mix With HK!


        The ladies have been blowin’ up the airwaves and charts. Any artist will tell you that getting a song on the radio is no piece of Cake By The Ocean. For an artist to have two or three tracks rocking the airwaves at the same time is a crazy accomplishment. This week on In The Mix with HK™ I&...

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  • HK Talks With Daya - This Week on In The Mix With HKâ„¢


        Daya may be only 17 but she has the pipes and writing skills of a seasoned artist. Billboard described her as a cross betweenTaylor Swift and Meghan Trainor with a hint of Avril Lavigne. I describe her as the next big thing.   ...

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  • Ruth B Found A Hit With Lost Boy


      Ruth B’s song Lost Boy got its start in a fairytale kinda way! Just two years ago Ruth was a teenager playing piano and singing covers, then uploading them to Vine from her childhood bedroom. But it was the day that the Canadian singer/songwriter and college student had finished binge watching the TV show&nbs...

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  • Couples Mix Biz With Pleasure On In The Mix With HK!


    Music and love go hand in hand and over the years there’ve been many a famous musical couple making hits together. FromSonny & Cher to Johnny Cash & June Carter musical romances have turned out great tunes and great tabloids. Katy Perry & ...

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  • A Powerhouse Week on In The Mix With HKâ„¢!


    What a week it has been! Miley Cyrus has a new tat and her space knowledge may be in question. Beyoncé always one to surprise, dropped her sixth solo album paired with a one-hour visual accompaniment. I mean who does that??? Fans continue to pay tribute to the one and only Prince with two of his albums in...

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  • HK Talks With Shawn Hook - This Week on In The Mix With HKâ„¢


    Hot off appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Entertainment Tonight  Shawn Hook joins me this weekend to chat about Canadian fans vs U.S. fans, the long road to success and so much more! His current track Sound Of Your Heart (clicking over 30,000,000 streams on Spotify) introduced him to Am...

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  • HK Remixes A Quincy Jones Remake


    Grace is the 19 year old Australian, singer songwriter who is making noise with her rendition of You Don’t Know Me, the 60’s hit that was originally produced by Quincy Jones for Lesley Gore. After meeting Grace at a charity benefit and hearing her sultry moody voice, Jones suggested the two hit t...

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  • Rihanna And Drake Are Workin’ It - This Week On In The Mix With HK


    Rihanna’s track Work featuring Drake has captured the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 7 weeks in a row! When those two get together two things always happen, the music is on point and the romance rumors fly. Their on again off again relationship always has us guessing. One thing that is with...

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  • LUKAS GRAHAM HAS CATHARTIC EXPIERENCE WITH “7 Years”


    Lukas Graham lived in Buenos Aires and New York after high school but eventually moved back to his home of Denmark to start the band which bears his name. After the unexpected loss of his father, Graham began channeling his grief through songwriting. The result of that process is 7 Years. Graham says in an interview with USA TODAY- &ldqu...

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  • Charlie Puth Is An Artist Who We Will See Again And Again


      Although Charlie Puth released his first album just months ago, I think we can safely say, in his words, “We will see you again” and for a long time to come. For artist staying power - luck, blind determination, timing and it factor are all good but mad skills are better and Charlie’s got ‘em. He’s a multi-talented mu...

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  • FALL OUT BOY GETS IN THE MIX WITH HKâ„¢


    Fall Out Boy is out on tour supporting their latest #1 smash album American Beauty/American Psycho. This, their sixth album has already delivered the hit tracks Centuries, Uma Thurman and Irresistible with a remix featuring Demi Lovato. This weekend I’ll be catching up wit...

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  • Panic! At The Disco is Victorious As This Weeks Pick To Hitâ„¢


    After four studio albums Panic! At The Disco had its first No. 1 album early this year with Death Of A Bachelor. From that set comes this weeks In The Mix with HK™ Pick To Hit™: Victorious. This American band from Las Vegas has changed a lot since its beginnings in 2004. What starte...

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  • CAN MUSIC STREAMING EVER MAKE MONEY…FOR ANYBODY?


    By now you've heard of them all. Companies like Spotify, Pandora and Deezer. Streaming services who constantly throw around subscriber numbers, streaming numbers and Wall St. numbers. And, we keep hearing how "streaming" is "the thing" now versus actual downloading.   Wel...

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  • NAUGHTY BY NATURE GETS IN THE MIX WITH HK


    Naughty By Nature, the legendary Platinum selling and Grammy award winning group that crossed over to mainstream audiences with anthems like Hip Hop Hooray and OPP are once again on the road and in the studio! They just dropped a fresh track with Queen Lat...

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  • Twenty One Pilots are Flying High


    Twenty One Pilots have come a long way from going door to door in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio handing out tickets to their gigs. When that got to be a bit much the duo consisting of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun would meet their fans at a local mall’s food court. Even Joseph’s mother got into the grassro...

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  • GRAMMY® WEEKEND ON IN THE MIX WITH HKâ„¢


    This Monday is music’s biggest night - The 58th Grammy® Awards!   Being a long time voting member of the Academy plus a previous Grammy® nominee I take the awards very seriously. Record of the Year is anoth...

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  • SUPER BOWL-SUPER MUSIC!


    We all love the game but don’t underestimate the entertainment for heating up the field! First, there’s the singing of the National Anthem. Six-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga will do the honors this year. The Star Spangled Banner is no easy song to belt out, but if Gaga nails it, like she did her...

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  • Fast Car Gets Redesigned And Is This Weeks Pick To Hitâ„¢!


    Jonas Blue the young, up and coming London producer gets his musical cues from pop and classic dance music. But his latest single, Fast Car, came from reimagining one of his mother’s favorite songs. Jonas says he remembered hearing Tracy Chapman’s classic Fast Car on repeat as a child. Jonas traded ...

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  • Can Sia Strike Gold With Rejection?


    Sia, the highly prolific hit maker, vocalist and songwriter is dropping her latest album This Is Acting next week! It’scomprised of songs she wrote for - and were rejected by - such stars as Katy Perry, Rihanna and Adele. With Sia’s incredible talent an...

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  • IN THE MIX WITH HKâ„¢ PICK TO HITâ„¢ â€" SHAWN HOOK


    IN THE MIX WITH HK™ PICK TO HIT™ – SHAWN HOOK   This week’s Pick To Hit™ comes from Shawn Hook. He may not be a household name in America yet but his latest single,Sound of Your Heart, has already gone platinum in his native Canada and recently broke 10,000,000 ...

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  • DJ’s Rule The World Including Coachella!


    Music festival season is just around the corner. The world’s highest grossing festival which is also known for being a premier music tastemaker is the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Last year it set records by grossing over $84 million in ticket sales. 2016 will mark another milestone for the festival as Calvin Harris...

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  • Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga Are Great Gift Givers and Getters!


    Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga Are Great Gift Givers and Getters!   I try to get creative with my gift giving but Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga have me beat. Ed bought his folks a million-dollar flat right across the street from his home. Plus a new car. Well every house need...

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  • IN THE MIX WITH HKâ„¢ = HOLIDAY STRESS RELIEF!


    The holiday season brings many a party and lots of joy. But anxiety can also creep in with finals, travel, buying gifts that burn a hole in the pocket and the much talked about and oh so special “Family Stress”. Don't worry though, cause In The Mix with HK™ is gonna kick that holiday stress to the curb. I me...

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  • Grammy Nominations Have Stars Humbled, Counting, Crying, Speechless and…Smoking?


    The 2016 Grammy nominations were announced this week and the contenders reactions filled the Twittersphere! Here are a few of my faves: Meghan Trainor – “Crying all day. What an honor it is to be next to such incredible artists like @torikelly.”  James Bay – “THREE GRAMMY NOMINATION...

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  • The Chainsmokers Get In The Mix with HKâ„¢


    Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers join me this weekend on In The Mix with HK™. The New York based DJ/Production duo began creating tracks together after graduating college. Their work incudes remixes of Ellie Goulding, The Wanted&n...

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  • My Night With Janet Jackson!


    My Night With Janet Jackson!   I caught up with Miss Jackson in the middle of her Unbreakable World Tour and to say that Janet Jackson is a legend is an understatement. The tour is in support of Janet’s long awaited album of the same name (her first release in seven years). It is also her 7th&nbs...

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  • OMI Drops “Hula Hoop” While “Cheerleader” Still Reigns


    Hanging at #1 for six weeks in a row, and currently at #2, OMI’s smash hit Cheerleader is a contender for song of the summer. The Jamaican-born singer/songwriter began work on Cheerleader in 2008 and had a hit with it in Jamaica in 2012 but it was the 2014 remix by Felix Jaehn (gotta love the remix) ...

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  • Carly Rae Jepsen Gets In The Mix With HKâ„¢


    It has been three years since Carly Rae Jepson ruled the airwaves with her pop phenomenon single Call Me Maybe. Just thinking about that song insures that I will undoubtable be singing it in my head for the rest of the day. That track was Carly’s first foray into the music scene and what an amazing first release it was. Call Me Maybe...

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  • Mariah Carey Continues To Make It Happen


        Over an astounding 25 year career Mimi has had her share of ups and downs. There’s been talk of diva behavior (no surprise there), vocal acrobatics gone wrong and being off key. But love her or hate her there’s no denying Mariah Carey is an icon with staying power. Her residency at Cesar’s Palace...

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  • I Can’t Feel My Face This Weekend!


    Is it just me or does every day now feel like The Weekend! Let me explain, Abel Tesfaye the singer, songwriter and producer better known as The Weeknd is a young Canadian of Ethiopian decent. He entered the scene with his modern soul music in 2011 with a trilogy of free (gotta love that) mix tapes. Back in 2013 Tesfaye released ...

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  • Nico & Vinz Get In The Mix with HKâ„¢


    Last summer Nico & Vinz and Taylor Swift ruled the airwaves with their hits Am I Wrong and Shake It Off. This week they ruled the stage together when the Nordic duo joined Taylor on her HUGE 1989 World Tour for a performance of their break through smash. The boys from Oslo ...

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  • Seems Like Everyone’s A DJ Today!


    For me DJing is a sacred creative art form. I keep it pure and mix manually, not by software or computer assist. Don't get me wrong, I'm a tech head. In the studio I'll use whatever it takes to make a track sound the way I want it too. But when I’m spinning it’s all about my hands and ears and the thrill of holding a great beat mix manually without the ...

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  • Ariana Grande Vs. Taylor Swift … A Public Relations How To For Young Superstars.


    God knows I love Ariana’s voice and songs. But that donut incident was seriously messed up and Ariana’s getting a lot of shade over it. Since Taylor Swift is one of today's best loved young artists, not to mention "The Most Charitable Celeb of 2014",  I’m thinking taking her lead might be genius. So Ariana here you go: ...

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  • Shut up! Not A Word, Laugh Or Cough For Two Weeks!


    How would you handle not being able to talk for two or more weeks? Damn! I don't know if I could do it. These days it seems like more stars than ever are on vocal rest or are having vocal cord surgery. Meghan Trainor just canceled several shows due to a hemorrhage (YIKES!) on her vocal cords. Sam Smith recently had vocal cord surgery ...

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  • FOURTH OF JULY HK STYLE!


    John Adams wrote that Independence Day … ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward and forever more. If President Adams were alive today I believe he would have added…and by jamming out to In The Mix with HK™ ...

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  • How About A Live Music Concert With Your Next Hotel Stay?


    It seems like everybody’s getting’ into the music biz these days. The latest company to jump in the groove is Marriott Hotels. I know your probably saying to yourself… “What the **** does a hotel chain have to do with music?” Apparently Marriott has gotten in bed with Universal Music Group f...

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  • Celebrity Cameos Rule Music Videos!


    Last month it was Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood music video with her besties. Now Madonna drops the B**** I’m Madonnavideo with Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora, Chr...

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  • Taylor Swift Thinks Things Are Moving Too Fast!


      Is it me or does it seem like singles are being released at lightning speed lately? Proof of that is the recent rumor over whatTaylor Swift’s next single off her mondo selling album 1989 will be...

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  • Exclusive Rachel Platten Interview On In The Mix With HKâ„¢


    The first thing that hit me about Rachel Platten is her contagious energy, wicked good humor and ability to make you feel like a lifelong friend in two minutes. You may have just been introduced to Rachel via her Columbia Records debut Fight Song but she has been writing songs and pounding the music biz pavement for ten...

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  • Sampling The Hits Are Makin’ Hits On In The Mix with HK!


    So you want your song to be a hit? To give your record an edge over the crazy competition why not snag a hook, riff, or verse that is already a proven smash for your new groove. It’s been working for years and is still goin’ strong. Of course back when sampling started in the 80s artists didn’t think to give the original writer cred or cash for using their work. After a few...

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  • Soundtracks Are Killin’ It In The Mix with HK!


    Soundtracks have always banged out some great hits. But is it me or is music for film and television crossing over to the pop scene more than ever? This week the #1 album across all genres based on the Billboard 200 Album chart is the Pitch Perfect 2 Soundtrack. It’s the third soundtrack to reach No. 1 in 2015. Giving 2015 the ...

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  • HK Talks with Music Director & Vocal Producer of Pitch Perfect 2!


        Their back Pitches! Pitch Perfect the musical comedy hit of 2012 has been sequelized with Pitch Perfect 2 and it’s droppin’ like it’s hot this weekend! The Bellas are back and better than ever. Now seniors the stakes are higher, their vocal acrobatics are off the chain and the...

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  • This Weekend George Ezra Talks With HK!


    George Ezra will take a break during his busy tour this weekend to call into In The Mix with HK™! The 21 year old singer/songwriter, who describes himself as a “scrawny British kid”, has a deep rich older than his years voice that’s brought on comparisons to Johnny Cash.  Be it those resounding bar...

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  • I Love Singers Who Write Their Own Songs


    Typically in the music biz singers sing, songwriters write and musicians compose. Then they all come together to make sonic magic. It’s hard enough to be a successful vocalist in this industry, but for those artists with killer pipes, who give you goosebumps with their performance of a song and they wrote it too – mad props!   Some of my fave singe...

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  • Andy Grammer Talks Music, Touring, Temptations + More On In The Mix With HKâ„¢


    Andy Grammer Talks Music, Touring, Temptations + More On In The Mix With HK™   Andy Grammer has come a long way since using his car battery to power his amp and acoustic guitar while street performing. The Platinum selling singer-songwriter's latest Top 40 hit Honey I’m Good is climbing ...

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  • Forget TIME's 100 â€" Here's HK’s 3 Most Influential People In Pop Music…Right Now!


    This Week TIME magazine released its list of 100 Most Influential People. It's a fun read you'll no doubt agree & disagree with. Which pushed me to make my own Top 3 list of the most influential creators dropping a bomb on Pop music.   My list includes 1) Taylor Swift- Writer, performer and ...

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  • Miami’s Hit Machine Gets In The Mix With HK


    Miami has given us many stellar artists but when it’s time to party Pitbull and Flo Rida are part of what I call the Miami hit machine. Both artists had a choppy start but it didn’t stop them from banging out a boatload of hits.   Flo Rida was raised by a single mother in a rough nei...

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  • Ryn Weaver Mixes It Up In The Mix with HKâ„¢


        Ryn Weaver the 22 year old singer-songwriter out of San Diego has been called this years “It Girl”. MTV named her Artist to Watch saying ‘Joining the ranks of songwriting bad asses like Charli XCX and Lorde, Ryn is pretty much primed to ...

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  • Sydney from Echosmith Drops Some BIG Surprises on In The Mix With HKâ„¢


    Echosmith is coming off their double platinum hit Cool Kids with their new release Bright. And bright is what things are for the Southern Cali group comprised of four very talented siblings. I caught up with Sydney, the lead singer, on their first headline tour for another installment of the In The Mix with HK™ Tour Bus Se...

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  • Love and Hate With Empire


    Love and Hate With Empire   If you’re a music and TV junkie like me Fox's new hit show Empire is almost as much fun as two turntables and a microphone. What’s not to love? Original music from Timberland, a great cast, intriguing performances, killer guest appearances byJennife...

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  • Celebrate Spring Break… In The Mix with HK!


    It is officially Spring Break season and that means PARRRRRRRRRRTY! And nothing says party more than jammin’ out to the biggest and best hits remixed, rearranged and reinvented custom HK style! Whether you're at the beach, throwin’ down a serious staycation or doin’ the European thang - In The Mix with HK™ is your s...

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  • Busting A Grove is Epic, Busting Your Booty… Not So Much.


    In the history of concert performances many an artist has had a costume malfunction, missed a cue or didn’t make that high note but nothing is more un-star like than taking a header off the stage or busting you’re a** in front of thousands of fans. Just this week Madonna was pulled backwards down a flight of stairs and ended up on her booty. This made me wonder…how often d...

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