NEW YORK -- Even after selling millions of records and winning Grammy awards, Jack White says he still isn't sure what makes The White Stripes work.
There are only two members in the band - he plays guitar and sings and Meg White plays drums - and their music is boiled down to its essentials.
"I don't know why it works on the radio or on MTV or on a stage in front of 80,000 people," White said in an interview with AP Radio. "It seems like there should be more going on, there should be these anthems."
But having only two people in the band has its advantages, White said - there isn't a third person to take sides and cause discord.
"The whole idea of the band, if it has a concept to it, it's all about what not to do," White said. "Why be repetitive? Why have two guitars? Why have a bassist playing the same thing the guitar's playing? Let's break this down and still have it be rock and roll. Let's show what two people can do."
White's idea of simplicity has earned him musical credibility, including the respect of country legend Loretta Lynn. The White Stripes dedicated their third album, 2003's "Elephant," to her. When she heard about it, she invited them over for a dinner of chicken and dumplings. Then they played a show together in New York City.
When White heard that Lynn was planning to do a new album, he said he would love to produce it. He got the job: "Van Lear Rose" came out in April.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Prince is denying allegations that he instructed his bodyguard to assault a college student who took the musician's photo at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Prince filed a counterclaim Monday in Hennepin County District Court, alleging the student invaded his privacy and violated trademark and copyright law.
Anthony Fitzgerald of Edina sued Prince and his bodyguard in April for damages of at least $50,000. Fitzgerald claims he was assaulted at the airport Dec. 29 and that his new digital camera was confiscated when he took a photo of Prince as the rock star was getting off a plane.
Prince's countersuit also seeks at least $50,000 in damages.
"His (Fitzgerald's) claim has no legal basis and we will be fighting this in court," Prince's lawyer, Kristen Naros, told the Star-Tribune.
Fitzgerald's attorney, Kari Berman, also called Prince's counterclaim baseless.
"He is a public figure walking through a public airport. There's no expectation of privacy, and he knows it," Berman said.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country singer Mark Wills got a gift from golfer John Daly, and it wasn't a set of golf clubs.
Wills was in Little Rock, Ark., Monday to perform at a Daly fund-raiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. One of the items up for auction was a silver and black 100th anniversary model Harley-Davidson.
Wills recalls that Daly, with whom he's been friends for about 10 years, "leans over and says, 'Willsy, how often do you go out and ride your Harley?"'
"I said, 'I don't have a Harley.' And he says, 'You don't? Well you do now."'
Daly's $20,000 bid went to the charity, while Wills, a dirt biker in his younger days, went home with the Harley.
The gesture was in appreciation for Wills' help with fund-raisers over the years. The 30-year-old said the gift "threw me for a loop."
"What do you say when a friend up and buys you a Harley?" said the singer, whose hits include "19 Something" and "Wish You Were Here."
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LONGMONT, Colo. -- The latest bachelor on the NBC reality show "Who Wants to Marry My Dad?" is a divorced delivery man for Frito-Lay who says he "can't think of a better way to meet someone."
Marty Okland is this season's bachelor whose daughters pick his new love from 13 women over a three-week period. Okland said he heard a casting call on the radio.
"I was ready for a new lease on life," he said Monday. "My girls are 29, 27 and 24. I was married for 27 years to a wonderful lady, and now I'm ready to find someone special. I wanted to give this a try."
Okland, 47, said he and his ex-wife are still friends and that she's in favor of the TV show. Of course, he had to run the idea by his daughters.
Daughter Nicole, who lives in Hawaii, told her father he would always wonder if he didn't try "and so I did it," Okland said.
He called daughter Brooke, the only daughter who lives in state, and asked her to drive to Denver with him for final auditions.
"She was surprised when I told her what I was doing, but very supportive," he said.
While the filming was exhausting, Okland said he also found it exhilarating.
"It was nice to see things from a different perspective," Okland said. "I can't think of a better way to meet someone. You're not being set up by friends or family or meeting at a bar."
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