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Dec212010

Paramore Drummer and Guitarist Quit; Band Not Splitting Up

Photo Courtesy - Fueled By Ramen(NEW YORK) -- Paramore has announced on their website that guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro have left the band.

According to the statement, the Farro brothers, both of them founding members, "let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando.  None of us were really shocked.  For the last year it hasn't seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore."

The remaining members -- frontwoman Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis -- stress that they're not disbanding and have "some amazing things lined up for next year," starting with a tour of South America that is still scheduled to take place.

Zac Farro hasn't wasted any time in making new music.  His new band, Tunnel, has already released a new single called "Hide Your Eyes," which can be heard at AltPress.com.

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Tuesday
Dec212010

'30 Rock' Star Tracy Morgan Receives Kidney Transplant

Photo Courtesy - Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan underwent a kidney transplant earlier this month, but is reportedly doing well and looking forward to going back to work after the holidays.

A rep tells Entertainment Weekly that Morgan, who has diabetes, received the new kidney during an operation on Dec. 10, adding, "Tracy is doing well and taking some much needed time to recover after the surgery."

The 42-year-old actor was spotted at a New York Knicks game last Friday.

The rep says Morgan will miss at least two episodes of 30 Rock this season due to the transplant, but Tina Fey and the rest of the cast of the NBC sitcom will cover his character Tracy Jordan’s absence by saying he experienced a meltdown after getting some good news.  The episodes are expected to air in March.

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Tuesday
Dec212010

Daughtry to Play at Musicians on Call Benefit in New York City

Photo Courtesy - RCA Records(NEW YORK) -- After a busy year of touring, Daughtry have been taking a break while Chris Daughtry bonds with his wife and newborn twins.  But the downtime won't last forever -- the group has just announced their first gig of 2011.

Chris and the guys will perform at the annual Musicians on Call Benefit Concert, scheduled for New York City's Hard Rock Cafe on Feb. 16.  The show will raise money for Musicians on Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

Individual tickets are available, priced from $120 to $850 apiece.  The $850 tickets will get you the best seats, a meet and greet with the band, an open bar, food and your name listed in the event program.

Visit MusiciansOnCall.org for more information.

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Tuesday
Dec212010

Reba Scores 24th 'Billboard' Number One Single

Photo Courtesy - The Valory Music Co.(NEW YORK) -- Reba has scored yet another number one hit on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Turn On the Radio."

The tune is included on her latest album, All the Women I Am.  It's her 24th time atop that chart.

Jason Aldean follows at number two with "My Kinda Party," and Tim McGraw has the number three spot with "Felt Good on My Lips."

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Monday
Dec202010

'Barney Miller' Star Steve Landesberg Dead

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Steve Landesberg, who starred as Detective Arthur Dietrich on the cop sitcom Barney Miller from 1975-1982 died early this morning, ABC News has confirmed.

The actor, recently seen as a sarcastic pediatrician opposite Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall was 65. He had been battling cancer for some time, and passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Monday
Dec202010

Shania Twain Engaged, Rep Says

Photo Courtesy - Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Shania Twain is engaged to Frederic Thiebaud, the man she had been dating since ending her marriage to producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

Thiebaud, who works for the Nestle company, proposed to Shania two months ago in Switzerland.

Thiebaud is the ex-husband of Marie-Anne Thiebaud, Shania's former best friend.  Marie-Anne is the woman who, in 2008, "Mutt" Lange allegedly left Shania for after 14 years of marriage, though both denied the affair.  Frederic Thiebaud and Twain had reached out to one another following their respective breakups, and in 2009, she confirmed the two were romantically involved.

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Monday
Dec202010

'TRON: Legacy' Debuts at Number One

Photo Courtesy - Walt Disney Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The sci-fi sequel TRON: Legacy, starring Jeff Bridges, debuted in the top spot at the weekend box office, earning an estimated $43.6 million in ticket sales.  Bridges also starred in the 1982 original, playing a character who finds himself inside a virtual reality world.

The animated family flick Yogi Bear was a distant second, debuting with an estimated $16.7 million.

The comedy How Do You Know took eighth place with $7.6 million.  The Cher-Christina Aguilera musical Burlesque dropped out of the top 10 altogether in just its fourth week of release.  It earned $1.4 million in 11th place.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. TRON: Legacy, $43.6 million
2. Yogi Bear, $16.7 million
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, $12.4 million
4. The Fighter, $12.2 million
5. The Tourist, $8.7 million
6. Tangled, $8.68 million
7. Black Swan, $8.3 million
8. How Do You Know, $7.6 million
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, $4.8 million
10. Unstoppable, $1.8 million

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Monday
Dec202010

'Entertainment Weekly' Names Best and Worst Albums, Singles of 2010

Photo Courtesy - Arista Records(NEW YORK) -- Best-of lists in music are common at the year's end but what about the stinkers?  Entertainment Weekly's new issue compiles a list of both the greatest records that came out over the past year and the worst.

According to the magazine, Santana's Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, which featured the guitarist collaborating with people like Chris Daughtry, Rob Thomas and Train's Pat Monahan, is one of the top five worst albums of 2010.  EW called it "one long layover in the airport karaoke lounge."

Bret Michaels' disc Custom Built was also deemed a failure by EW, as well as Christina Aguilera's BionicEW called it "not nearly the worst album of the year, just one of the most disappointing...too often, it's a mess" with "diva antics," "bratty throwaway" and too many songs about sex.

EW also singled out the worst singles of the year, which include, according to the magazine, the "We Are the World" remake for Haitian earthquake relief, and Train's "Hey Soul Sister."  The magazine writes, "Everything about this corny hit makes us cringe.  Why oh why does it have to be so damn catchy?"

As for the best albums of the year, EW singled out Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as number one, and also gave props to records by Cee-Lo Green and the rock band Arcade Fire.  Among EW's best singles were Taylor Swift's "Back to December," Pink's "Raise Your Glass" and Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone."  Getting honorable mention: Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Sade's "Soldier of Love."

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Monday
Dec202010

John Lennon's 'Abbey Road' White Suit Headed for Auction

Photo Courtesy - Capitol Records(NORWALK, Conn.) -- The white suit that John Lennon wore on the album cover of Abbey Road is headed for the auction block on New Year's Day.

Braswell Galleries in Norwalk, Connecticut is holding the sale, which also includes the blazer that Lennon wore in the 1971 documentary for Imagine, and a Chrysler station wagon from Lennon and Yoko Ono's New York City home.  

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Monday
Dec202010

Garth Brooks, NFL's Ray Carolin Make Big Donation to Toys for Tots

Photo Courtesy - GarthBrooks [dot] com(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Garth Brooks raised $3.5 million for flood relief efforts with his nine sold-out shows in Nashville, Tennessee.  Now, he's adding to the Christmas cheer with a big donation to Toys for Tots.

Brooks' pal, NFL album Ray Carolin, got on the phone and convinced Spalding Sporting Goods to donate more than 14,000 toys to the cause.  Carolin and Santa Claus were on hand Sunday afternoon to drop the toys off at the Bridgestone Arena, where Brooks continued his run of shows.

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