1. Alan Menken Goes for EGOT With ABC Medieval Musical Series 'Galavant'

    January 13, 2015 2:48 PM EST ABC's latest stab at a musical series, Galavant -- a sometimes bawdy medieval tale that tips its cap to Monty Python's Spamalot! but with even funnier songs -- opened to solid ratings, pulling in 7.9 million viewers with its first half-hour episode on Jan. 4 and 6.8 million in its…

  2. 'Galavant' Premiere: Watch 3 Tunes We Can't Get Out of Our Heads Today

    January 05, 2015 11:51 AM EST Smash  is dearly departed, and  Glee  doesn't return until next weekend. So how to fill the musical television hole in your life? Simple:  Galavant , ABC's four-week extravaganza, premiered last night with two 30-minute episodes. The musical's tone is basically  Spamalot …

  3. This Monty Python Song Is Played at More British Funerals Than Any Religious Tune

    November 25, 2014 11:39 AM EST Oh, those Brits and their irreverent sense of humor. According to The Telegraph , the most popular song to be played at British funerals is not a somber, traditional tune, but a comedy tune from national treasures Monty Python . “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,” the lighthearted…

  4. John Stamos Lights Up Elvis Presley's Graceland

    November 22, 2014 12:25 PM EST Sporting Elvis Presley -like sideburns, actor John Stamos helped flip the switch Friday (Nov. 21) on the colorful display of holiday lights adorning Graceland, Presley's home-turned-museum in Memphis. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit An avid fan…

  5. Broadway to Dim Lights for Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 2:53 PM EST The nine-time Tony Award winner died Wednesday night. Acclaimed director Mike Nichols , who won nine Tony Awards and was nominated an additional eight times, will be honored by the Broadway community on Friday night. The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed in his memory for one…

  6. Watch Taylor Swift React to John Cleese’s Insults About Her Beloved Cat

    October 11, 2014 2:48 PM EDT It’s well documented on Instagram that Taylor Swift absolutely adores her two cats Meredith and Olivia Benson. 10 Taylor Swift Lyrics That Purr-fectly Encapsulate Her Cute Cat-Walking Photo So naturally, the “Shake It Off” singer -- who was recently named the 2014 Billboard Woman of the…

  7. Mick Jagger Calls Monty Python 'Wrinkly Old Men'

    July 02, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Rolling Stones singer appears alongside Charlie Watts in hilarious tongue-in-cheek sketch to mark comedy troupe’s reunion Sir Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmate Charlie Watts have released a hilarious tongue-in-cheek video to mark the long-awaited return of British comedy group Monty…

  8. How Casey Kasem Gave Billboard A Voice

    June 15, 2014 2:27 PM EDT From the first American Top 40 countdown in 1970, the late icon brought Billboard charts to music fans worldwide Billboard had existed for more than 75 years before Casey Kasem counted down the first "American Top 40" on the weekend of July 4, 1970, but it was then that he gave…

  9. Top Ten Alternative 2014 World Cup Songs

    June 13, 2014 6:53 PM EDT With the opening of the global tournament, competition is heating up not only on the soccer field but in that of futebol-related songs too, with the tones of these rallying tunes ranging from synth-rock reflections to dance floor raves, satiric selections to protest songs, and the many…

  10. Kurt Cobain Subject of Comic Book Biography

    March 26, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Kurt Cobain might just appreciate this latest addition to his legend. The iconic Nirvana frontman, who died from an alleged suicide in April 1994, is the subject of the latest comic book from Bluewater Productions, who has previously featured the life stories of rock stars John Lennon, Paul…

  11. Monty Python To Reunite For Stage Show

    November 20, 2013 1:40 AM EST Big news in the comedy world: Monty Python is set to reunite for a stage show. Python member Terry Jones told the BBC on Tuesday he's excited the group is reuniting. He said he hopes to make enough money to pay off his mortgage. The group had its first big success with the Monty Python…

  12. Brad Paisley, 'Wheelhouse': Track-By-Track Review

    April 09, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Brad Paisley tackles numerous subjects on his eighth studio album "Wheelhouse." His most controversial album to date, Paisley produced the LP himself and it features hot-button topics ranging from racism, religion, and domestic abuse. Latest Reviews: Paramore's "Paramore…

  13. Olympics Closing Ceremony: Spice Girls, George Michael + More

    August 12, 2012 7:40 PM EDT British Music Royalty Light Up London in Psychedelic Farewell to Games With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun. The closing…

  14. 'American Top 40' Flashback: Shadoe Stevens

    July 07, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Yesterday (July 6), Chart Beat marked the 40th anniversary of the first airing of "American Top 40" with Casey Kasem. The broadcasting legend hosted the show, which counted down the top 40 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 , from the weekend of July 4, 1970, through Aug. 6, 1988.…

  15. Dr. Dre Loses Round In Death Row Court Battle

    June 11, 2010 1:43 PM EDT Rapper Dr. Dre has been feuding with Death Row Records since his former record label was bought out of bankruptcy last year. The new entity, WIDEawake Death Row Records, put out a new version of his iconic album "The Chronic," as well as a greatest hits collection, without his…

  16. George Harrison Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

    April 15, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Hundreds of George Harrison's biggest fans and best friends, including Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, turned out Tuesday to see a posthumous star for the quiet Beatle unveiled during a raucous celebration on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fellow Beatle McCartney stood next to Harrison's…

  17. Eddie Money Polishing 'Paradise' Musical

    February 20, 2009 4:38 PM EST Eddie Money says his autobiographical stage musical, "Two Tickets to Paradise," was "a lot more fun when it was a hobby. Now it's a job." That's because the production -- which traces Money's life from his decision to leave the New York police force and head…

  18. Clay Aiken To 'People': 'Yes, I'm Gay'

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Clay Aiken is finally confirming what many people already knew: He's gay. The cover of the latest People magazine shows Aiken holding his infant son, Parker Foster Aiken, with the headline: "Yes, I'm Clay Aiken is finally confirming what many people already knew: He's gay.…

  19. Chart Beat: 'In The Heights,' Carrie Underwood, Regina Belle

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses "In the Heights," Carrie Underwood, Regina Belle and more! 'HEIGHTS' HITS THE HEIGHTS: Whenever I'm in New York, I do my best to see as many Broadway shows as possible. Last week I was there for a very short time, on assignment for Sirius Satellite…

  20. Albarn Producing Algerian Group, Penning Opera

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Not content with having two successful bands in Blur and Gorillaz, vocalist Damon Albarn has four new projects underway. Not content with having two successful bands in Blur and Gorillaz, vocalist Damon Albarn has four new projects underway. On Oct. 27, Albarn flew to Algiers, where he spent…

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