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New study says country music mentions drugs more than any other genre

According to a recent study by Addictions.com, country music mentions drugs more than any other musical genre, with the most-referenced drug being marijuana.

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Those results may come as a shock to some listeners who assumed that rap or hip-hop music might reference drugs more, but 1.6 percent of all country music surveyed by Addictions.com’s Song Meanings Application Programming Interface (API) references drugs on average, compared to less than 1.3 percent on average in hip-hop music.

Jazz music came in second place, although the study does not disclose the average percentage.

But what constitutes a drug reference? And what counts as “country” music for Addictions.com? For starters, alcoholic beverages are not classified as drugs in the study (or else, country music would win this by a landslide). According to the methodology of the study, Addictions.com “scraped song lyrics from Song Meanings API and analyzed drug mentions, what drugs were involved, and how it changed over time, and grouped drug slang words together in their respected drug categories.”

After going over the data from songs from country, rock, jazz, rap/hip-hop, pop, folk and electronic genres from 1933 until now, the drug references were grouped into seven categories: 

Pills (which includes all Opiates except Heroin, Benzodiazepines, Sleep medication, and ADHD medication), Heroin, Marijuana, LSD, Cocaine (which includes both crack cocaine and cocaine), Ecstasy (This includes MDMA and molly), and Meth.

After all that, country music came out on top, with 1.6 percent of all songs studied since 1933 referencing some sort of drug. According to the study, the top three drugs referenced in country music were marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. 

It should be noted that most country songs decry drug consumption (with the exception of alcohol, and, very recently, marijuana). No country artists were mentioned in the study, but artists like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jamey Johnson, John Prine and many others have referenced marijuana, pills, cocaine or heroin in their songs as hazardous and not recreational.

However, once the study results are broken down into the musicians that reference drugs the most, country artists don’t even crack the Top 10. That honor goes to all hip-hop artists, most notably Kottonmouth Kings, Eminem, The Game, Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z.

If you want to see just how many country music songs reference drugs, take a listen to the playlist below (though we would never condone the use of recreational drugs).

Glenn Jacobs, WWE star 'Kane,' officially announces his bid for mayor

When Glenn Jacobs' treasurer filed the necessary paperwork for a potential political campaign last month, it became national news that the World Wrestling Entertainment star known as “Kane” might run for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

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On Tuesday, Jacobs made it official. Speaking to a crowd at Sweet P’s Barbecue and Soul House, the pro wrestler announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for mayor.

>> RELATED: Libertarian Republican Eric Brakey, “Maine’s 28-year-old political wunderkind” announces U.S. Senate run

“As Knox County mayor I promise to keep taxes low and make Knox County a place everyone can be proud of,” Jacobs promised. “I see my role as that of a facilitator among the different communities in our area. And also I think that Mayor (Tim) Burchett has done a very good job with transparency in government and I would continue along those lines.”

The 2018 election for Knox County mayor will be for an open seat to replace Burchett.

Jacobs focused on the themes of jobs, education and smaller government, repeating a version of Ronald Reagan’s conservative mantra that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Glenn Jacobs announcing his bid for mayor

The WWE star told Rare on Tuesday that his belief in free markets and individual liberty were part of what interested him in becoming involved in politics, and he saw his Republican brand as being similar to that of libertarians like Sen. Rand Paul, Reps. Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, and also his own congressman, Rep. Jimmy Duncan.

Jacobs has lived in Knox County for over two decades, roughly the same amount of time his “Kane” character has endured as one of the top stars in the pro wrestling industry.

“For the past 22 years I’ve had the pleasure of living here in East Tennessee,” Jacobs said Tuesday. “Because my career with the WWE has taken me all around the world on a weekly basis, me family and I could live pretty much anywhere in the U.S.”

“We live here because we want to,” Jacobs said to applause. “We live here because we love it here.”

Jacobs and his wife Crystal own an insurance agency in the Knoxville area.

>> RELATED: WWE superstar puts libertarian charity first in dancing appearance back home

At least two other challengers for mayor are expected to run, including County Commissioner Bob Thomas, who has already announced, and Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones.

Though Jacobs wrestled under other monikers prior for a number of years, his “Kane” character was introduced to WWE fans in 1997.

Disclosure: Glenn Jacobs is a Rare contributor.

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Wicked Manors: Political Nightmare

The New HITS 97.3 & The Pride Center at Equality Park presents "Wicked Manors: Political Nightmare"!

This historic, entertaining block party will occur on Halloween night from 7pm until 11pm!

This year’s theme for Wicked Manors is "Political Nightmare: Scandals, Secrets & Sins" and over 15,000 costumed revelers are anticipated to gather on Wilton Drive! Traffic will be prohibited to provide a safe area for guests to celebrate and HAVE A MAGICAL SCARY NIGHT!

Miss Bryan & Kimmy B of the DJ Laz Morning Show will be hosting the New HITS 97.3 stage as the night with feature music, fab decor and many costume contests!

All proceeds of this event go to support the vital programs and services of The Pride Center!

To pre-purchase drink tickets or to donate to the event, visit WickedManors.org!

Brought to you by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Hunters Nightclub, and Miami's New #1 For All The HITS…The New HITS 97.3!

Monster Masquerade 2016

What To Know Before You Go To Monster Masquerade…

  • Monster Masquerade – Adult Halloween Party requires a ticket for admission.
  • Zoo Miami members must have a valid zoo membership number at the time of purchase.
  • Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be sold or transferred for commercial use.
  • All guests must be 21 and old to attend.   ID will be checked at the door.
  • Guests may wear costumes to the event.   Please ensure your costume is safe and you are able to have clear visibility and walk with ease.
  • This is an adult only costumes event; however, please choose costumes that are not obstructive, offensive or violent.
  • Wheels such as roller skates, rollerblades, strollers, etc. are not permitted.
  • Guests' eyes must be visible at all times.
  • Please drink responsibly.
  • Event information and activities are subject to restrictions and change without notice.
  • This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE.  There will be NO REFUNDS.

Join the HITS 97.3 FAM at Monster Masquerade at Zoo Miami on Friday October 21st from 7pm until 11pm!

BUY your tickets now at ZooMiami.org, OR keep listening to the New HITS 97.3 to WIN a free pair on us!

On this night, living and non-living things will greet you with scary sights and sounds. Stroll the moonlit walkways at your own risk! If you dare, enjoy complimentary open bars, savory treats, Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, costume contests and music that will keep the zombies dancing all night long! When night falls and the wild calls, the Monster Masquerade will be the only place to be. This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE!!!  NO REFUNDS will be given.

Featuring…

  • Open bars
  • R.I.P. at the "Witches Brew" to sample craft beers!
  • Delicious treats from in-kind food sponsors including: Sushi Sake, Shake Shack, Bahama Breeze, Taste Catering, and more!
  • Music that will keep the zombies and trolls dancing all night long from HITS 97.3!
  • Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House...A full-scale haunted house with live actors and animatronics that will make your skin crawl!
  • Costume Contest
  • Enjoy the zoo crew zombies as they re-enact Michael Jackson’s "Thriller".
BUY TIX HERE NOW

This is a 21+ event!  ID will be checked upon entrance!

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Zoo Miami's wildlife conservation and research work.

Party like an animal and rock the night away at Zoo Miami. . . IF YOU DARE!!!

WIN Ariana Grande Tickets

Ariana Grande makes her highly anticipated return to South Florida when "The Dangerous Woman Tour" takes over the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Friday April 14th!

You can purchase your tickets at Ticketmaster.com, or you can WIN a free pair on the New HITS 97.3!

Listen weekdays to The DJ Laz Morning Show during the 8am hourMike Kruz during the 11am hourKimmy B during the 3pm hour, and Al P during the 9pm hour for your chance to WIN tickets to the show!

From Live Nation and Miami's New #1 For ALL THE HITS...The New HITS 97.3!

Source: Brad Pitt denies striking child during mid-flight argument

Brad Pitt said he did not strike one of his children during a mid-flight argument with Angelina Jolie last week, a source told People magazine.

Pitt is accused of being “verbally abusive” and getting “physical” with one of his children on the family's private plane last Wednesday, a source previously said.  

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Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt after their two-year wedding anniversary. The couple has been together for 12 years and has six children.The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Pitt, 52, after the alleged incident was anonymously reported to them. The case also has been referred to the FBI under special aircraft jurisdiction due to the incident being mid-flight.

"There was a parent-child argument which was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have," the source told the magazine.

The source said Pitt did not hurt his son. “He is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. He did not hit his child in the face in any way. ... He put his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was spiraling out of control."

WIN Charlie Puth Tickets

Charlie Puth takes over the Fillmore Miami Beach, Tuesday October 4th!

Tune in weeknights to Frankie P at 8pm during the HITS 8 @ 8 to WIN a pair of tickets to the concert!

Purchase your tickets online at LiveNation.com!

Brought to you by Live Nation and Miami's New #1 For All The HITS...the New HITS 97.3!

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