1. Rihanna's Violent 'Man Down' Video Condemned by Parents Television Council

    June 02, 2011 7:15 AM EDT A new Rihanna music video, in which the singer guns down a man in retaliation for an apparent sexual assault, was condemned on Wednesday for encouraging young women to turn to violence. "Man Down", which debuted on the Black Entertainment TV (BET) network on Tuesday, shows Rihanna…

  2. Pete Townshend To Tell 'Crazy Story' in 2012 Memoir

    May 18, 2011 2:48 PM EDT A long-awaited memoir by British rock guitarist and the Who songwriter Pete Townshend will be finished and published by next year, book publisher Harper Collins said on Tuesday. The 65-year-old musician, idolized since rising to prominence with The Who in the 1960s, said in a statement…

  3. Madonna's Charity Not Being Investigated by FBI, Says Spokeswoman

    April 06, 2011 10:22 AM EDT A spokeswoman for Madonna said on Tuesday that neither the singer nor a charity she backs in Malawi is being investigated by the FBI. Some recent unsourced media reports have said that an international education charity the singer backs, Success for Kids, is being investigated by FBI agents…

  4. Ricky Martin Honored at GLAAD Awards Ceremony

    March 20, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Latin pop star Ricky Martin was honored by media group GLAAD for his work as a role model at a gala held on Saturday where he urged people to spread gay rights throughout Latin America. "I just want to be free. I can say, today I am free," the Puerto Rican singer said at New York&…

  5. Michael Jackson Autopsy TV Special Cancelled

    December 31, 2010 2:04 PM EST The Discovery television network on Friday said it canceled plans to air a reenactment of the autopsy on Michael Jackson's body, citing an upcoming court hearing and concern by the late pop star's estate. The show, "Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael…

  6. 'Spider-Man' Actress Quits Show: Report

    December 28, 2010 2:03 PM EST In the latest disappointment for the ambitious Broadway production of "Spider-Man," one of the lead actresses who suffered a concussion during its first preview performance is quitting the show. Natalie Mendoza, who plays the villainess Arachne and is the second lead female role…

  7. Patti Smith Wins Book Award

    November 18, 2010 8:52 AM EST Patti Smith was among the major winners of the U.S. National Book Awards for her memoir "Just Kids," choking up with tears before urging book publishers not to let technology kill traditional books. Smith, a 63-year-old American singer songwriter and poet, turned emotional as she…

  8. Michael Jackson 'Hold My Hand' Duet with Akon Debuts

    November 15, 2010 1:11 PM EST The first official single from a controversial new Michael Jackson album was released on Monday to good initial reviews and expectations of strong digital sales. "Hold My Hand," a duet Jackson first recorded with Senegalese rapper and record producer Akon in 2007 and was leaked in…

  9. Justin Bieber, Katy Perry to Perform at Grammy Nominations Concert

    November 10, 2010 3:29 PM EST K aty Perry and Justin Bieber will perform at a show to announce the Grammy nominations, organizers for the top music awards said on Wednesday. The 16-year-old Bieber and Perry, whose song "California Gurls" has been among the top U.S. pop hits of the year, will be joined on stage…

  10. Paul McCartney Reissuing Wings' 'Band on the Run'

    September 16, 2010 5:35 PM EDT P aul McCartney is reissuing the 1973 album "Band on the Run" -- the best-selling record he made with Wings after his acrimonious split with The Beatles . McCartney's website said on Thursday the Grammy-winning album, which yielded hits like "Jet", would be re…

  11. Erykah Badu Gets Probation for Stripping

    August 17, 2010 1:32 PM EDT E rykah Badu has paid a fine and will serve six months probation for stripping off her clothes to film her "Window Seat" music video in Dallas, Texas, at the site where former President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a city official said on Tuesday. The 39-year-old music star had…

  12. U2 'Spider-Man' Musical Hits Broadway in December

    August 11, 2010 10:05 AM EDT The long-awaited Spider-Man musical with music by U2 members Bono and The Edge, will open on Broadway in December, the show's producers said on Tuesday, after being caught in financial problems. "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark," which has been in the making for several years and…

  13. Justin Bieber to Guest Star on 'CSI'

    July 22, 2010 7:10 PM EDT Justin Bieber is turning his sights on acting, winning a guest role in the hit TV crime series "CSI", CBS television said on Thursday. Bieber, 16, will play a troubled teen who is faced with a difficult decision regarding his only brother. The pop singer will appear in the season…

  14. Charice's New Dream: Becoming a Lawyer

    July 14, 2010 8:56 AM EDT C harice Pempengco has a long-term plan that involves a different stage than the ones she has occupied since Oprah Winfrey dubbed her the "most talented girl in the world." Win a Charice-Signed Billboard Chart "I want to be a lawyer," the Filipina singing prodigy said in…

  15. Killers Singer Brandon Flowers Solo Debut Due In September

    June 24, 2010 2:09 PM EDT Brandon Flowers, the lead singer for The Killers will release his debut solo album titled "Flamingo" on September 14, Island Records said on Thursday. The label said the 29-year-old frontman of the Las Vegas-based band recorded the solo album working with the same producer from The…

  16. Belinda Carlisle Reveals Wild Side of Go-Go's Days In New Memoir

    June 08, 2010 4:29 PM EDT Singer Belinda Carlisle reveals a double-edged life in a new memoir from her burgeoning glory days in the all-girl band the Go-Go's to decades of cocaine use that masked her personal insecurities. "I was like the good girl, bad girl, there were no grey areas for me," Carlisle…

  17. Jackson, Brown Among Apollo's Walk of Fame In N.Y.

    May 11, 2010 7:24 AM EDT New York's Apollo Theater took on a touch of Hollywood when it began installing its own Walk of Fame with plaques that will honor entertainers including late singers James Brown and Michael Jackson . The famed Harlem auditorium has long been creating its own Hall of Fame list of legends…

  18. 'Idol Gives Back' Raises Nearly $45 Million For Charity

    April 23, 2010 7:07 PM EDT This year's "Idol Gives Back" television special raised almost $45 million for children's, hunger and health charities in the United States and Africa, organizers said on Friday. Sir Elton John , Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood were among the stars who performed in…

  19. Tool's Maynard James Keenan Turns Attention To Puscifer

    February 19, 2010 9:32 AM EST While Maynard James Keenan never stops songwriting with his bands Tool and A Perfect Circle , the intense frontman is currently concentrating on his all-encompassing side project Puscifer , which includes music, a wine operation, a documentary, a clothing line and more. This month marks the…

  20. Peter Gabriel Ditches Guitar, Drums For Covers Album

    February 16, 2010 12:09 PM EST British rock singer and songwriter Peter Gabriel has taken what he calls the "scary" step of paring down a new album of cover songs confined to orchestral instruments and his voice. Called "Scratch my Back," the album is being released in the United Kingdom on February 15…

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