Funding their heritage ...
The rock band U2 is investing its own money to fund music schooling for Irish children as the state cuts spending on education.
The band, which started out in Dublin, is funding musical equipment and the hiring of teachers to tutor thousands of children across the country, supporting a series of projects.
While lead singer Bono is well known for raising awareness of issues in Africa, the property market crash in Ireland has left the one-time Celtic Tiger with problems of its own. In a country renowned for its musical heritage, only about 1 percent of secondary pupils receive music tuition.
"While we have a very rich musical culture and heritage, access to music tuition is like a geographic lottery: It depends on where you live, and it depends if your parents can afford it," said Rosaleen Molloy, director of Music Generation, which is funded by U2 and international charitable network The Ireland Funds.
Inspiration plus ...
Martina McBride's new single, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," is an inspirational song about going through cancer, and for the video, she enlisted the help of a few famous faces to convey the message.
"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, singer Sheryl Crow, ABC's Katie Couric and "Today" anchor Hoda Kotb all appear in the clip on CMT.com.
Roberts, Crow and Kotb are all survivors of breast cancer; Couric's husband died of colon cancer.
McBride, who has never had cancer, says she wanted to sing the song to give hope and positive messages to those going through the struggle. She says it "takes a lot of strength and a lot of love to get through something like that."
The song is from her new album, "Eleven," due out Oct. 11.
Clothes payoff ...
The Situation doesn't usually require a lot of motivation to lose the shirt. But Abercrombie & Fitch wants him to go one further -- the company has offered to pay "Jersey Shore" cast members to stop wearing clothes carrying their brand.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. said in a news release posted Tuesday that it's concerned that having Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino seen in its clothing could cause "significant damage" to the company's image.
Abercrombie says a connection to The Situation goes against the "aspirational nature" of its brand and may be "distressing" to customers. The Ohio-based retailer says it has offered a "substantial payment" to Sorrentino and producers of the MTV show so he'll wear something else.
The company says it also is making the offer to others in the hard-partying cast.
"It's a clever PR stunt, and we'd love to work with them on other ways they can leverage Jersey Shore to reach the largest youth audience on television," MTV said.