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Mitt Romney using Kid Rock's 'Born Free' as his official campaign song. UPDATE: Kid Rock responds

At a recent Dan Quayle endorsement rally for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Arizona, the Mormon Republican politico walked onto the stage as Kid Rock’s “Born Free” played.

According to the Washington Post, the Springsteen-esque liberty call has been named Romney’s official campaign song, because, you know, no other candidate fits the lyrics “wild like an untamed stallion” quite like Romney does.

In all reality, the choice makes sense. The repeated “I was born free!” refrain puts the Kid Rock song into the same hopeful realm as Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come” and K.T. Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See” (which played at Obama rallies) — plus, it preemptively answers any critics who might claim that Romney wasn’t born in America. He was born FREE, haters!

UPDATE: Kid Rock responded to the matter on his official website blog:

“He and anyone else who wants to use my song do not need my permission. I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country. Without faith, we got nothing. I make music to have it be heard. Merry Christmas folks! Rock on.

-Kid Rock

PS: Any candidate who makes “So Hott” their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote.

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Bill Clinton's favorite music -- check out his presidential playlist

Was Bill Clinton the most musical president in the history of the United States? He’s an accomplished jazz saxophonist, openly embraced MTV during his campaign (back when the “M” still stood for “Music”), spent plenty of quality time with rock stars (it was Bono’s beginning as a White House regular), and he even has two Grammys (admittedly, both for Best Spoken Word performances on audiobooks).

This Saturday night, some of the biggest stars in music — Bono and the Edge, Lady Gaga, Usher, Kenny Chesney among them — are going to tip their hats back to Clinton at the “A Decade of Difference” concert at the Hollywood Bowl in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the William J. Clinton Foundation. As a lead-up to the show, Clinton opened up his iPod and let Yahoo take a look at his 20 favorite songs of all time.

The full list is here, and a handful of things stand out. Of course, there’s plenty of jazz on there, as well as an expected number of rock names from the ’60s and ’70s, like Van Morrison, Simon & Garfunkel, Elton John, and Carly Simon.

The newest song on there is Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” which suggests that Clinton either has a weakness for trilling Canadians or simply can’t get that ASPCA commercial that makes everybody cry out of his mind.

Interestingly, there are parallels to current president Barack Obama’s playlist, mostly the shout-out to Miles Davis. Perhaps they’ll both find his recent Live Europe 1967: The Bootleg series Vol. 1 under the Christmas tree this year (EW gave it an A, Commanders!)

Disappointingly, Clinton didn’t make any nods to hip-hop the way Obama did when he shouted out Jay-Z and Lil Wayne in his Rolling Stone interview. If Bill would like a little rap education, we have a suggestion where he should start.

What do you think of Clinton’s picks? Let us know in the comments.

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Hank Williams Jr. attacks Fox, ESPN in 'Keep the Change'

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Hank Williams Jr. isn’t content to keep quiet these days.

Not long after his “Are You Ready for Some Football?” theme was dropped from ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” due to his controversial statements about Obama on “Fox and Friends,” the 62-year-old country singer’s lashing out at ESPN, Fox, and anyone who’s backing the “United Socialist States of America,” as he calls it, in a new version of his song “Keep the Change.”

“So Fox ‘n Friends wanna put me down / Ask for my opinion / Twist it all around,” Williams sings in the song, which he posted on his web site on Monday. “Well two can play that gotcha game you’ll see.” Early in the song, he insists that “This country sure as hell has gone down the drain / We know what we need. We know who to blame.”


Bro-band feud! Eldest Hanson brother criticizes Kings of Leon for bad attitude

Two sibling bands, both alike in dignity, may have sparked a new family feud on the music scene: Kings of Leon (composed of the three brothers Followill and their cousin) vs. Hanson (three brothers, no cousin).

Isaac Hanson, 30, has called out the Kings for canceling their U.S. tour, saying the band has let their fans down. “The Kings of Leon guys are running some risks. They’re irritating people; you can’t do that too much,” Hanson told “Eventually the bad boy image affects fans’ willingness to show up.”

In case you wondered how he felt about it, Hanson added, “I have a hard time with musicians who act like pricks.”

“Everybody has their demons, everyone has their challenges,” he continued. “But you’ve gotta temper it because your fans are there. … I don’t wash my dirty laundry in public. I do my dirty laundry backstage.”

Kings of Leon famously cancelled their tour after frontman Caleb Followill suffered an onstage breakdown on July 29 in Dallas. Followill left the stage citing heat exhaustion, abandoning the show midway through performing; his brother Jared, however, later wrote on Twitter that there were “internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed.” Caleb has since been put on vocal rest.

Family band squabbles—internal ones, at least—are nothing new in pop music (see: Oasis, The Jackson 5, the Kinks). Still, though, a developing feud between musical clans? Better still, between two bands whose members, by curious coincidence, almost all go by their middle names? …You’ve gotta admit, it’s tantalizingly rife with tribal smackdown potential certainly an intriguing prospect.

Where do you stand, Music Mix readers? Team Hanson or Team Followill?


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Tom Petty asks Michele Bachmann to stop using 'American Girl,' joins long list of rockers unhappy with politicians

You know election season must be in full swing when rock stars are issuing public statements getting candidates to stop using their songs at rallies, speeches and events.

The inaugural music-related strike of the 2012 presidential race comes from Tom Petty, who issued a cease and desist letter to Michele Bachmann’s campaign to get her to stop using Petty’s 1977 hit “American Girl.”

This isn’t even the first time Petty has bristled at the idea that somebody from the right borrowed one of his tunes—he issued a similar letter in 2004 when George W. Bush used Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” as one of his campaign themes (like Bachmann, Bush complied).

Ever since Bruce Springsteen took umbrage with Ronald Reagan’s use of “Born in the U.S.A.” during his re-election campaign in 1984, it has become something of a tradition for rock musicians (many of whom, you may have noticed, have views that tend to skew to the left) to publicly disassociate themselves from right-wing candidates who borrow their music. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga speaks out at massive Europride event in Rome: Can she meaningfully affect gay rights? -- VIDEO


Thousands of Little Roman Monsters put their paws up on Saturday night. That’s because Lady Gaga performed at Europride, the annual, pan-European gay pride event held this year in the Italian capital.

For Gaga, who has dedicated herself to gay rights on stage and off, Europride became an especially personal affair. In a nearly twenty-minute speech she gave before performing heartfelt acoustic renderings of “Born This Way” and “The Edge of Glory,” she not only proudly identified her Italian heritage, but did something highly unusual for Gaga: in front of thousands at the ancient Circus Maximus she called herself by her birth name, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

Check out the video of her speech and her performance here: READ FULL STORY

You're Lebanese! You're...Censored: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' banned in Lebanon


Not everyone’s in love with “Judas,” it seems.

First, Lady Gaga’s religious-themed tribute to the thirty-pieces-of-silver-loving turncoat rankled some Catholic and Latino groups. Now it’s resulted in her No. 1 album Born This Way getting banned in Lebanon. Though you might think that title-track shout-out of “You’re Lebanese!” would be a source of pride for the Middle Eastern country, Lebanon’s General Secretary Department has prohibited the sale of Born This Way CDs due to its being “offensive to Christianity.” READ FULL STORY

Rapper Common's White House invitation makes Sarah Palin, Fox News go crazy

Common is about the least controversial rapper in the business. He’s roughly as edgy as LeVar Burton. He’s the rap version of Wayne Brady. He’s a friendly, easy-going, cross-cultural musician and actor who stars in easygoing rom-coms with Queen Latifah, only appears menacing to Tina Fey and Steve Carrell on celluloid, and is typically the first person mentioned whenever anybody brings up the concept of a “conscious” MC.

But don’t tell that to FOX News and Sarah Palin.

They and other conservative outlets are expressing outrage today that the Chicago-born artist (born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.) will be a guest at the White House tonight as part of an evening celebrating poetry, hosted by Michelle Obama. READ FULL STORY

'Give Peace a Chance'? 'Fight the Power'? 'American Idiot'? What's the best protest song of all-time?

If there’s one thing rock stars like more than driving expensive cars into swimming pools while on angel dust, it’s writing tunes about how gosh darned unfair society can be. The history of the latter tendency is exhaustively tracked in British music writer Dorian Lynskey’s new tome, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holliday to Green Day, which is out this week.


Lady Gaga confronts Christian anti-gay protester; announces release date of 'Judas' single

Doesn’t it say “Let only he who is without sin picket a Lady Gaga concert” somewhere in the Bible?

In her latest YouTube video diary update, Gaga reveals footage of her arguing with a Christian fundamentalist protester outside of one of her shows. The picketer—who was doling out “get out of hell free” cards—was a bigot with a big gut who seemed to get quite a kick out of cutting off Gaga mid-sentence.

In the video, Gaga’s car rolls up to the lonely protester and she offers a friendly, “Hi, I’m Lady Gaga,” to which the man replies huffily, “So?”

You know what, guy? You are clearly spending hours of your free time lurking around her concert, which sort of undercuts the whole “So you’re Brad Pitt? That don’t impress me much” attitude.

Trying to meet him on some common ground, Gaga told the man, “I’m listening. You know we really believe in God at my show.” “Well, your pervert ways don’t quite equate to what God is all about,” the man spat out. “ When asked to clarify, he made what I’m sure he thought was a devastating, eloquent argument: “Yeah, the homo stuff.”

You can skip ahead to the 2:20 mark and watch it here: READ FULL STORY

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