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Monday
Apr182011

Christina Aguilera’s Divorce Finalized

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The papers were initially filed back in October, but now it's official -- Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman are now officially divorced.

The couple's paperwork, which was finalized in February, indicated that April 15, this past Friday, would be the day their marriage would officially be dissolved.

Aguilera is definitely moving ahead with her life.  Her new show, The Voice, premieres April 26.  On the reality competition, Aguilera will mentor up-and-coming singers, alongside fellow stars Cee-Lo Green, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine and country star Blake Shelton.  

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Monday
Apr182011

Mariah Carey Asking Fans to Choose Her Babies' First Outfits

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, have been showered with gifts for their twins, and among those gifts are a selection of outfits that the proud parents will use to dress the babies.

But how to decide which one to choose?  Turn it over to the fans, of course.

A note on Carey's website reads, "The Carey-Cannon twins are set to make their best-dressed debut in style and we know all the [fans] would love to help [Mariah] pick their first outfits.  Over the coming day, we will be sharing with you all some of the amazing 'first outfit' gifts we have received and would love to hear from you what your favorite option is."

More details are promised via Carey's Twitter feed and the website.

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Sunday
Apr172011

'Rio' Helps Box Office Bounce Back

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- After a dismal few weeks, box office ticket sales came back strong, led by the 3-D film, Rio.

The Fox animated film, which stars the voices of Jesse Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan and George Lopez, topped the weekend box office, raking in $40 million. Coming in second over the weekend was Scream 4, with $19.3 million.

Hop ($11.2 million), Soul Surfer ($7.4 million) and Hanna ($7.3 million) rounded out the top five at the box office, in that order.

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Sunday
Apr172011

Nicolas Cage Released on Bail

ABC News(NEW ORLEANS) -- After being arrested on one count of domestic abuse and one count of disturbing the peace, Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage was reportedly bailed out by reality television star Dog the Bounty Hunter.

"I am a truly dedicated fan of Mr. Cage and will not be granting any interviews about my client as I wish to respect his privacy," Dog said. "I performed my duties as a bail bondsman and not in connection with our show. This is what I do for a living."

According to the New Orleans Police Department, Cage, 47, was "heavily intoxicated and arguing with his wife Alice Kim, 27, in front of a home at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Dumaine Street in the city's French Quarter, insisting that the house they were in front of was their rental property.

Police said that Cage grabbed his wife by her upper arm and dragged her towards the property that he believed they were renting -- there were no visible signs of injury to Kim's arm.

The actor then began to strike cars in the immediate vicinity and attempted to jump into a taxi. At this point a police officer "immediately observed that Cage was heavily intoxicated and ordered him out of the cab, which prompted Cage to start yelling.''

Cage allegedly said to the police "Why don't you just arrest me?," website TMZ.com reported.

TMZ also stated that Kim is not a complaining witness, does not want her husband to be charged and that witnesses have said that there was no physical contact between the two.

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Saturday
Apr162011

Rebecca Black Prepping Full Album?

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Thirteen-year-old YouTube sensation Rebecca Black is back in the studio. Gossip website TMZ reports that Black has started working on a few new tracks with producer Charlton Pettus, but there’s no word yet on when the EP will be released… or if it’ll drop on a Friday.

Black gained notoriety with her 2011 debut single, “Friday,” produced by the small Los Angeles-based record label ARK Music Factory. The music video was uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 10, and received approximately 1,000 views in its first month. The video went viral on March 11, and simultaneously became the most talked about topic on Twitter. Still, as of April 12, the video had received more than 1.9 million “dislikes” compared to its nearly 250,000 “likes” on YouTube. Critics have called the song “the worst ever.”

It appears Black’s 15 minutes of fame won’t soon run out. She even has her own billboard. On Friday, a giant advertisement was unveiled in Los Angeles to commemorate Black’s single, which surpassed 100 million views on YouTube and beat out not only Justin Bieber's "Pray," but also Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." FOX’s hit show, Glee, will reportedly cover “Friday,” in an upcoming show.

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Saturday
Apr162011

Record Store Day: Foo Fighters, Nirvana Lead Exclusive Releases

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- April 16 may not be a national holiday, but for music fans and fans of vinyl records, it may as well be.  Saturday is the fourth annual Record Store Day, which is celebrated in independent record stores around the U.S., Canada and the U.K.  It's the one day a year when bands and artists release material on vinyl exclusively to indie record shops, with most of the records limited edition pieces.

Record Store Day founder Michael Kurtz says he's in awe of how his holiday has grown in four short years.  He speculates that so many bands want to release music on Record Store Day because "everybody's had such a great time for the first three years. It's almost like a rock festival...and now everybody wants to join the party!"

He's not joking when he says everybody.  Over 200 bands are releasing exclusive product on Saturday.  Kurtz said he's especially excited by releases from Foo Fighters, Regina Spektor, Velvet Underground, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Kings of Leon, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam and Deftones, among others.

Head to RecordStoreDay.com to find the participating indie record store near you.

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Friday
Apr152011

Lady Gaga's New Single "Judas" is Now Online

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga's new single Judas wasn't supposed to be released until Tuesday, but wouldn't you know -- on Friday, the entire song appeared online.  Gaga acknowledged this by tweeting, "The Real Judas -- He's Everywhere, Now. Don't Stop 'Til He's Yours."  She included a picture of what is likely the official artwork to the track -- a red cross with a heart in the middle against a black background.

Judas the song is very reminiscent of "Bad Romance," with a chant that goes "Jude-as, Jude-ee-ah-ahs, Jude-as, Jude-ee-ah-ahs,  Gaga," and a very melodic chorus.  The lyrics include this gem, which Gaga also tweeted: "I've learned love is like a brick/you can build a house or sink a dead body."  The chorus goes, "I'm just a holy fool/baby it's so cruel/ but I'm still in love with Judas, baby."

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Friday
Apr152011

50 Cent Hoping to Team Up with Jersey Shore DJ

Frazer Harrison/Getty Image(LOS ANGELES) -- As if getting his own show and receiving $100,000 per episode for the fourth season of Jersey Shore isn't enough for Pauly "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio, now 50 Cent wants to sign him. TMZ reports the rapper "desperately" wants to ink a three-album deal and a merchandising agreement with the in-demand club DJ.

Over the years, 50 Cent has made millions on a series of lucrative endorsement deals, hawking everything from high-end headphones to Vitamin Water, and the gossip site reports Fiddy wants to set up similar deals with Pauly D. TMZ reports the rapper is hoping to sign his new G-Unit client before Pauly flies to Italy to shoot Jersey Shore season 4.

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Friday
Apr152011

Charlie Sheen Threatened with $100,000 Smoking Fine

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(TORONTO) -- Charlie Sheen, who was often seen smoking during earlier shows, was reportedly threatened with a $100,000 fine for smoking onstage during his "Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not An Option tour.

Health officials warned Sheen that public health inspectors would be watching to enforce the policy, according to GlobalToronto.com.

"I would encourage him, given that he is a smoker, to call our hotline and to try and quit smoking for his own health," Ontario Health Promotion Minister Margaret Best told the online news site.

He lit up an electronic cigarette instead during his Toronto show.

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Friday
Apr152011

David Cook Announces Title, Release Date for Sophomore Album

Paul Redmond/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- David Cook has announced the title and release date of his sophomore album.

This Loud Morning hits stores June 28 and will be available for pre-sale on April 19, the same day the first single, "The Last Goodbye," debuts on iTunes and other digital providers.

As previously reported, Cook will return to American Idol on April 21 to perform the new single.

In a statement, Cook said, "This album is the culmination of one of the loftiest endeavors I've ever undertaken. The end result is an album that I cannot wait to share with everyone."

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