1. Shakira & Gerard Piqué Invite Fans to 'World Baby Shower' for Second Son

    January 19, 2015 4:13 PM EST Donations will benefit UNICEF campaigns for children around the world Superstar Shakira and FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué are inviting their global fans to contribute to UNICEF's "World Baby Shower" for their soon-to-arrive second son. Donations, which will benefit UNICEF&…

  2. 'American Idol' Considering Cross-Promotion With 'Empire'

    January 18, 2015 7:05 PM EST American Idol producers have talked about a cross-promotion with Empire , Fox's hot new series about a music industry family. The move could bring some of the former's contestants onto the latter's scripted episodes, producers said Saturday. "The music connection would…

  3. Dallas Taylor, Former Drummer for Crosby, Stills and Nash, Dead at 66

    January 18, 2015 5:50 PM EST Dallas Taylor, a former drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young , died on Sunday at age 66. His wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, posted the news on her Facebook page , but did not disclose the cause. "This morning at 2:30 a.m., I lost the love of my life, Dallas W. Taylor," wrote…

  4. MTV Will Air in Black and White on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    January 18, 2015 4:55 PM EST MTV is taking the color out of its programming on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to encourage people to talk about what race means in their lives. The youth-oriented TV network is airing its programming in black and white on Monday, a first in the channel's 34-year history. Common Leads…

  5. Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform at Light of Day 2015 Benefit in New Jersey

    January 18, 2015 3:03 PM EST There was magic in the night for the 15th anniversary of the Light of Day 2015 Winterfest, as "surprise" guest Bruce Springsteen took the stage at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, N.J. "15 years," the 65-year old rocker said wistfully as he -- and 17 other musical…

  6. A$AP Yams, Founder of A$AP Mob, Mourned by Hip-Hop Community

    January 18, 2015 12:41 PM EST The rap community is mourning the loss of A$AP Yams, a founding member of New York rap collective A$AP Mob, who has died at the age of 26. Further details of Yams' (real name: Steven Rodriguez) death were not available at time of publication. "All of us at RCA Records are shocked…

  7. Lifetime's 'Whitney': TV Review

    January 18, 2015 11:33 AM EST A luminous Yaya DaCosta embodies Whitney Houston's talent and tragedy The biggest decision facing any biographical film is how much of the subject's life to include. Will childhood be broached, or will there be flashbacks? Will it sweep across time, lingering only on late tragedy?…

  8. Lifetime's 'Whitney': What the Critics Are Saying

    January 18, 2015 11:05 AM EST Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic aired Saturday night (Jan. 17), with Yaya DeCosta portraying the iconic songstress and Arlen Escapeta playing her husband, R&B star Bobby Brown . Whitney Houston's Estate Releases Statement Ahead of Lifetime Biopic The controversial telepic --…

  9. Kid Cudi Wraps Movie With Zoe Kravitz

    January 17, 2015 8:21 PM EST Kid Cudi just added another acting role to his IMDB page. The rapper confirmed on Jan. 17 that he finished shooting the film Vincent-N-Roxxy . Cudi shared the news on Twitter. "Just wrapped a movie w this special one," he said on social media, sharing a photo of himself next to co…

  10. Whitney Houston's Estate Releases Statement Ahead of Lifetime Biopic

    January 17, 2015 6:06 PM EST Whitney Houston 's family says the singer's fans should "brace themselves for the worst" if they watch Lifetime's television movie about the late singer that premieres Saturday. Pat Houston, president of the singer's estate and her sister-in-law, issued a…

  11. Lil B Escapes From House Fire With Help From Teen Neighbor

    January 17, 2015 5:22 PM EST Lil B reportedly escaped from a two-alarm fire at his home in California earlier this week after he was alerted of the blaze by his 15-year-old neighbor. While the rapper wasn't hurt, some of his tour costumes and some of his music was damaged. The report added that most of his…

  12. Fox Renews 'Empire' After Only Two Episodes

    January 17, 2015 3:48 PM EST Fox jumped on the TCA renewal train Saturday (Jan. 17). The network used its executive session to hand out early 2015-16 pickups to freshman dramas Empire and Gotham as well as a third run for comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine . 'Empire' Premiere: For Better or Worse, Fox's Hip-Hop…

  13. Whitney Houston's Death 'Too Recent' to Show in Biopic, Actress Says

    January 16, 2015 6:57 PM EST Playing Whitney Houston is "daunting." That was the word Yaya DeCosta ( Lee Daniels' The Butler ) chose to describe her latest part, playing the seven-time Grammy winner in the eponymous Lifetime biopic, directed by Angela Bassett. Whitney Houston Biopic Premiere Not a Family…

  14. Dolly Parton to Be Center of NBC Movie Series

    January 16, 2015 6:03 PM EST They'll be based on her songs, stories & life. NBC is getting into the  Dolly Parton  business. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced Friday (Jan. 16) that the network just closed a deal to develop a series of TV movies based on Parton's songs, stories and life.…

  15. Is Panama the Next Hot Spot for EDM Festivals?

    January 16, 2015 1:00 PM EST As North America began to launch more EDM festivals than it could support, organizers cast their eyes toward Latin America as an affordable destination for top DJs and brightly clad fans. First came Mexico: The BPM Festival, which launched in 2008 as a modest gathering, has grown into a 10…

  16. Exclusive: 'Girls' to Premiere New Tracks by St. Vincent, Grimes and Family of the Year

    January 16, 2015 12:51 PM EST What's in store for season four of HBO's Girls ? "Big changes for the characters," says music supervisor Manish Raval (the show premiered Jan. 11). In addition to Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath leaving New York for grad school, "New relationships are starting…

  17. John Kerry Brings James Taylor to France After Facing Criticism

    January 16, 2015 10:29 AM EST Taylor assures the French "You've Got a Friend" after recent terrorist attacks. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid respect in both English and French on Friday to the victims of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris in a show of American solidarity with the French…

  18. Billboard Cover: Mark Ronson on His Surprise No. 1 Hit, Amy Winehouse and His Neurotic Ways

    January 16, 2015 10:00 AM EST Four hours from now, Mark Ronson will learn, via text, that his song "Uptown Funk" has dislodged Taylor Swift from her perch atop the U.S. singles chart, giving him his first No. 1 hit as an artist. For now, he's in his recording studio in an industrial area of North London…

  19. Lady Gaga Back in the Studio with RedOne

    January 15, 2015 10:00 PM EST 0 Lady Gaga and producer RedOne are working together again, as the pop star posted an image of the two of them in the studio on her Instagram account Thursday.  Lady Gaga Recording New Music with Nile Rodgers? RedOne produced the biggest tracks off Gaga's 2008 debut,  The…

  20. Kim Fowley, Legendary Record Producer, Dead at 75

    January 15, 2015 6:31 PM EST After a long battle with bladder cancer, Kim Fowley, an impresario, record producer and scenester best known for his work with the Runaways, has died, Ralph Peer of Peer Music confirmed via author Harvey Kubernik. He was 75.  Throughout his career, Fowley stepped in and out of…

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