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By Ralphie Aversa, Special to the Weekender

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Northeastern Pennsylvania is home to many things: Old Forge pizza, the setting of NBC's “The Office,” and the birthplace of Vice President Joe Biden.

Since the fall of 2008 the area has also seemed to serve as a second home for Lil Wayne. The platinum-selling artist announced this week that he will perform yet again on the main stage at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. “The America's Most Wanted Music Festival 2013” stops in Moosic on July 21. T.I. and Future will support the bill.

Wayne toured under the same moniker in 2009, stopping at Montage with Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy, Jeremih, Drake, and Nicki Minaj in tow. He returned to Toyota Pavilion in 2011 with the “I Am Still Music” tour featuring Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, and Lloyd.

On October 29, 2008, independent promoter E&R Entertainment brought the rapper to what is now known as the Mohegan Sun Arena. The performance came at arguably the height of his career; Wayne's “Tha Carter III” had debuted the previous June with a million copies sold. Prior to showing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the artist no-showed appearances in Rochester, N.Y. and Boston.

Lil Wayne released “I Am Not a Human Being II” on Tuesday. He was released from a Los Angeles hospital after another bout with seizures last week. As of press time, no on-sale date or ticket prices for the show were released by Live Nation.


Good news for “Carly's Angels.”the name given to fans of Carly Rose Sonenclar. It seems “The X-Factor” runner-up will have no problem releasing her album to the masses.

“I'm in pre-production on my album,” Sonenclar told me inside the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. The Westchester, NY native attended J-14's “Little Mix” showcase. “I got signed to Simon Cowell's company, so they picked up my recording option, which I'm very happy about.”

The 13 year-old has good reason to be pleased. It is hard enough for winners, let alone second and third place finishers, to release music on a large scale following a reality TV show. Now signed with Cowell's SYCO Music, Sonenclar is almost guaranteed a major record label debut with Sony Music Entertainment, probably through either the Epic or Columbia Records imprint.

“I've been in the studio, I'm finishing school and stuff like that,” said the teenager, who is back in New York where she will record most of her music. Sonenclar even brought a group of her friends down to the red carpet at the Hard Rock Café for the event.

Another friend that Carly Rose hopes to talk with soon is Britney Spears.

“She just switched agents to my agent, so now hopefully I'm going to be able to get in touch with her,” she said. Spears left William Morris Endeavor for Creative Artists Agency after calling off her engagement with Jason Trawick. He represented Spears, but later stepped down as her agent to focus on their relationship.

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