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Nov122010

Kanye West Cancels 'Today' Show Performance

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam(NEW YORK) -- Kanye West has pulled out of a Nov. 26 appearance on the Today show, a publicist for the program confirmed to ABC News Radio.

West explained in a rant on Twitter that he was backing out of the performance because he felt he had been "set up" by Today and interviewer Matt Lauer when he appeared on the show earlier this week.

The show chose to play a clip of him interrupting Taylor Swift at the MTV Awards while discussing comments he made regarding former President George W. Bush.  Lauer later defended the show's decision to do so, but Kanye wrote on Twitter, "Did you see them try to justify playing the audio under my interview.  Yo, sometimes you're just wrong, and it ain't nothing you can say to justify it, believe me, I know!"  Predicting that he'd be criticized for his decision, Kanye wrote, "It's very simple to call someone angry or spoiled or the one thousand names I've been called, but it's harder to try to take a look at what's really behind the curtain."

The rapper made it clear that he carries no personal vendetta against Lauer. He wrote, "I don't hate Matt Lauer. We don't promote hate. That's the whole point!  I promote love and truth!...they made a mistake.  They thought they could pull it, but they couldn't!  That was just a small representation of a bigger media play that's been going on since the beginning of time."

Kanye ended his rant by saying, "Much love to Matt and the whole Today show.  I accept y'alls future apology in advance LOL!"

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Friday
Nov122010

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1' Premieres in London 

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(LONDON) -- It rained in London on Thursday, but that didn't stop a crowd of Harry Potter fans from turning out for the premiere of the latest sequel in the popular film series.

Daniel Radcliffe, who again plays the title character in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1, said on the red carpet, "The fans of these films are some of the most hardy in the world to be able to camp out overnight in what has been frankly torrential rain over the last few hours, you know, they're a pretty amazing group so we're very grateful to them."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1 and its follow-up represent the final movies in the Harry Potter series.  Star Rupert Grint says he'll always feel a tight bond between himself, Radcliffe and their co-star Emma Watson.

He said, "I'll always keep in touch. I think we've been through this kind of quite unique experience together and I think that will never leave us and we'll always keep in touch."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1 opens in the U.S. next Friday.  Part two will debut July 15, 2011.

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Friday
Nov122010

'Teenage Dream' May Be Biggest Weekly 'Glee' Single

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Katy Perry loves it, and it seems the rest of the world does, too.  Billboard reports the Glee cast's version of Perry's hit "Teenage Dream" has sold so many downloads it could set a record for the best-ever sales week for a Glee song. 

Billboard says the track may hit 150,000 to 175,000 downloads by Sunday.  The day it was released -- this past Tuesday -- it notched higher first-day sales than any prior Glee song -- 55,000 downloads.

If that trend continues, "Teenage Dream" may be the show's first top 10 single since it's very first release -- a 2009 cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin," which debuted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.  That song sold 177,000 copies in its first week and so far, it's been the show's only top 10 hit out of 89 chart entries.

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Friday
Nov122010

Is a White Stripes Reunion in the Works? 

Photo Courtesy - Third Man Records(NEW YORK) -- Jack White hints at the possibility of a White Stripes reunion in the upcoming December issue of Vanity Fair magazine.  MTV.com reports that White, who was promoting a new White Stripes merchandise set, said that "Meg [White] and I can get back in the studio and start fresh."

He also pointed out the many accomplishments they had achieved as a band, including "a full tour of Canada, a documentary, coffee-table book, live album, and a boxed set." He added they may want to start getting back to work soon.  While the Vanity Fair issue isn't out yet, you can see a scan of the interview at Antiquiet.com.

The White Stripes, whose last album was 2007's Icky Thump, have been on hiatus ever since canceling a tour in support of the album.  The cancellation was due to Meg's suffering from anxiety.

In the Stripes' absence, White has kept busy with two other bands, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, and running his Nashville-based label, Third Man Records.

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Friday
Nov122010

Rascal Flatts Announce New Dates for Tour 

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Rascal Flatt's new album, Nothing Like This, hits stores Tuesday, and they've just announced a new round of dates for their Nothing Like This tour.

The new shows kick off Jan. 14 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  They'll play 21 shows on this winter leg with special guests Luke Bryan and Chris Young.

Rascal Flatts have performed for 650,000 fans so far. They've sold more than six million concert tickets over the course of their career.

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Friday
Nov122010

Mariah Carey, Others Performing on 'Christmas In Washington Special'

Photo Courtesy - Island Records(WASHINGTON) -- Mariah Carey, iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, Annie Lennox and Glee star Matthew Morrison will help the first family ring in the holiday season this year by performing on Christmas in Washington, the annual TNT special.

The show, attended each year by the president and first lady, as well as other Washington D.C. VIPs, will be taped Dec. 12 at the National Building Museum.  TNT will air the special Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  Ellen DeGeneres will host.

Carey and Lennox both have new Christmas albums to promote, while Glee is releasing a Christmas-themed soundtrack, so viewers can expect a program heavy on holiday favorites.

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Thursday
Nov112010

Marie Osmond: Son's Suicide Is 'Probably the Hardest Thing I've Been Through'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CHICAGO) -- It has been just eight months since Marie Osmond experienced every mother's worst nightmare: her son, 18-year-old Michael Blosil, committed suicide.

Osmond is speaking out for the first time about the day Blosil died. Thursday, the entertainment icon tearfully told talk show host Oprah Winfrey on The Oprah Winfrey Show about the very last conversation she had with her son.

The last time they spoke, Blosil expressed despair.

"When I heard him say to me, I have no friends, it brought back when I went through depression, because you really feel so alone," Osmond said.

"I'm not a depressed person, but I understand that place, that darkness," she said, referring to post-partum depression.

Osmond became emotional as she talked about that conversation.

"I told him, I said, 'Mike, I'm gonna be there Monday and it's gonna be OK.' But depression doesn't wait 'til Monday," she said.

It was Friday, Feb. 26, when Blosil jumped to his death from the roof of his apartment building in Los Angeles.

Blosil, a first-year student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, had battled with substance abuse and depression following his parents' divorce in 2007.

He entered rehab after the divorce.

Blosil was one of five children adopted by the star. 

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Thursday
Nov112010

Phil Collins Admits He's Considered Suicide in Recent Years

Photo Courtesy - Atlantic Records(NEW YORK) -- If you lost the ability to do the thing you love, that made you famous and earned you millions of dollars, you'd probably be depressed, right?  So maybe it's not so hard to believe that Phil Collins has considered suicide.

Due to a neck injury and nerve damage, Collins has pretty much lost the ability to play the drums -- he can't hold a set of sticks or even sign his own name.  In the new issue of Rolling Stone, he admits having suicidal thoughts in recent years, to the point he's even thought about how he'd do it.

He says, "I wouldn't blow my head off. I'd overdose, or do something that didn't hurt."

So what's stopped him from taking his own life?  Collins says, "I wouldn't do that to the children."  He has five -- two from his first marriage, one from his second, and two young sons from his third.  But the thought still possesses him.

He tells the magazine, "A comedian who committed suicide in the '60s left a note saying, 'Too many things went wrong too often.'  I often think about that."

He also says, "I sometimes think I'm going to write this Phil Collins character out of the story.  Phil Collins will just disappear or be murdered in some hotel bedroom, and people will say, 'What happened to Phil?'  And the answer will be, 'He got murdered, but yeah, anyway, let's carry on.'  That kind of thing."

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Thursday
Nov112010

The Boss to Perform on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Mazur/ WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Springsteen will make his only late-night television appearance this year on Nov. 16, as a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Billboard reports that Springsteen will play songs from his forthcoming box set The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, which is also out on the 16th.  He'll also chat with Fallon and discuss the contents of the box set, which includes six discs of music and previously unseen behind-the-scenes and live footage.

Springsteen's appearance on Fallon's show may be a way to show the talk show host his appreciation.  At the recent Primetime Emmy Awards, which Fallon hosted, he channeled The Boss when he performed Springsteen's classic song "Born to Run" in a Glee-style sing-along to open the show.

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Thursday
Nov112010

Oprah Winfrey Tops 'Forbes' List of Top-Earning Women 

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Discovery Communications, George Burns(NEW YORK) -- It likely won't surprise you to learn who sits atop Forbes magazine's new top 10 list of the highest-earning women in Hollywood.  Oprah Winfrey earned $315 million between June 1, 2009 and June 1, 2010, securing her place in the number one position.

Occupying the second slot is Beyonce Knowles, whose work as a recording artist and pitchwoman raked in $87 million, followed by Britney Spears in third place with estimated earnings of $64 million. 

Lady Gaga was a newcomer to the list, but earned a fourth-place showing with $62 million in earnings from her recordings and endorsements.  Rounding out the top five is Madonna, whose touring and royalties generated $58 million.

Here's the full list:

1. Oprah Winfrey -- $315 million
2. Beyonce Knowles -- $87 million
3. Britney Spears -- $64 million
4. Lady Gaga -- $62 million
5. Madonna -- $58 million
6. Sandra Bullock -- $56 million
7. Ellen DeGeneres -- $55 million
8. Miley Cyrus -- $48 million
9. (tie) Taylor Swift, Judge Judy Sheindlin -- $45 million

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