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Grapevine: MTV star dies, Grohl talks Spotify

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

MTV's Brown dies

MTV reality star Diem Brown, who starred on seven seasons of the "Real World/Road Rules Challenge," died Friday, People reports. She was 32. Brown was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 23 and used the "Challenge" as a platform to raise cancer awareness. After beating the disease once, her cancer returned over the summer while she was filming her eighth "Challenge" season. "MTV is tremendously sad to hear the news that Diem Brown has lost her long battle with cancer," the network said in a statement. "We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Diem was a true fighter and brought passion to everything she touched. We will miss her."

Ribeiro may leave 'Dancing'

What is the opposite of the Carlton Dance? Because that is what Alfonso Ribeiro might be doing if he has to leave "Dancing With the Stars." The former "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor might be forced to pull out of the ABC dancing competition after injuring his back in rehearsal this week, TMZ reports. Ribeiro hurt his back overcompensating for a groin injury he suffered while performing, ironically, his signature Carlton Dance. Doctors are expected to make a decision in the next 48 hours, TMZ says. Ribeiro is considered a front-runner on this season of "Dancing With the Stars," and the semifinals kick off this week.

Grohl talks Spofity

Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl has weighed in on the great Spotify debate, and his reaction is the opposite of Taylor Swift's, who recently pulled all of her music off of the streaming service. "I don't (expletive) care," Grohl told Digital Spy. "I don't care if you pay $1 or (expletive) $20 for it, just listen to the (expletive) song." Okay then! Grohl says it's not about getting people to pay for an artist's recorded music, but to get them to come to see a show. "You want people to (expletive) listen to your music? Give them your music. And then go play a show. They like hearing your music? They'll go see a show. To me it's that simple, and I think it used to work that way." Grohl, whose new Foo Fighters album "Sonic Highways," was released this week, added, "Nowadays there's so much focus on technology that it doesn't really matter ... Back in my day, when music meant something, it was simply a bunch of men in a hut banging sticks against different sized rocks. That's what rock 'n' roll is about." So, take that Taylor Swift? Or something?

Today's birthdays

Beverly D'Angelo, 63

Chad Kroeger, 40

Shailene Woodley, 23