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Nick Jonas' band has gig on Critics' Choice Awards

NEW YORK (AP) - Nick Jonas is used to performing in front of screaming fans who know all the words to their favorite Jonas Brothers songs.

Now his new band, Nick Jonas & The Administration, is getting ready to perform as the house band for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Jan. 15 in Los Angeles. The band will be expected to not only entertain but also keep the pace of the show moving.

"I'm excited and honored. ... We'll be performing a lot of covers. Intros and outros to the commercials. I think we have about 25 songs to learn," Jonas said in a recent interview.

The 17-year-old singer-musician calls his band a side project. They will record an album, Jonas said, but he will continue to record music with his brothers Kevin and Joe of the Jonas Brothers.

The awards are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Metallica singer gives 330 acres to Calif. county

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Metallica frontman James Hetfield is donating 330 acres overlooking California's Lucas Valley for preservation as farmland.

The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted the donation Tuesday. It follows Hetfield's earlier gift to the county of more than 400 acres for open space. Both plots of land are around Hetfield's home.

Hetfield's land use consultant, Scott Hochstrasser, says the donations reflect the singer's desire to maintain privacy and preserve open space.


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