Jon Stewart to appear on ‘O’Reilly factor’
NEW YORK — Bill O’Reilly wants to rap with Jon Stewart.
The host of Fox News Channel’s ‘‘The O’Reilly Factor’’ has invited the host of Comedy Central’s ‘‘The Daily Show’’ as a guest Monday. Fox News said Friday that O’Reilly and Stewart will debate the invitation for Grammy Award-winning rapper Common to perform at a White House poetry night this week.
O’Reilly has criticized Common’s presence at Wednesday’s event. He says some of Common’s lyrics celebrate violence.
Common is known for socially and politically conscious rhymes. He was on his best behavior at the White House. He took the criticism in stride and tweeted, ‘‘Fox News doesn’t like me.’’ He added on Facebook, ‘‘Peace yall!’’
Dylan disputes being censored by Chinese
NEW YORK — Bob Dylan doesn’t understand all the fuss about his tour last month in China.
In a brief letter posted Friday on his website, www.bobdylan.com, the singer-songwriter disputed reports that he had originally been denied permission to perform in the country or that government officials had censored his playlist.
“As far as censorship goes, the Chinese government had asked for the names of the songs that I would be playing,’’ Dylan wrote. “There’s no logical answer to that, so we sent them the set lists from the previous three months. If there were any songs, verses or lines censored, nobody ever told me about it and we played all the songs that we intended to play.’’
‘Royal couple’ of country to get hitched
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The most anticipated wedding in the country music world this year doesn’t involve a prince or a Middleton.
Country’s royal couple, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, are tying the knot Saturday in Texas.
“I’m excited to get married,” Lambert said. “It’s been a year almost that we’ve been engaged. So I’m just sort of ready for it to get here.”
Lambert has been getting in shape for the big day since before the Country Music Association Awards in November to avoid doing a crash diet.