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Mar172011

Enrique Iglesias to Be Judge on 'X Factor'?; L.A. Reid Confirmed

Universal Latino/Universal Republic(NEW YORK) -- Now that the judges for NBC's new reality singing competition The Voice have been announced, everyone's waiting to see who Simon Cowell will tap to judge his new reality singing competition, X Factor, which premieres this fall.

A source close to Enrique Iglesias has confirmed to ABC News Radio that the singer is being courted, not just to judge the show, but to actually host it.

The source confirms that producers are looking to differentiate X Factor from American Idol and The Voice, because neither of those shows has a music superstar as a host.  However, Iglesias may be more open to the idea of simply being a judge on the show, though he also may simply turn down any offer because his music career is doing so well that he wants to focus on that for the moment.

Ostensibly, X Factor would need to have its judges in place before the show begins auditions on March 27, and it seems one judge has already been locked in.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Antonio "L.A." Reid, the chairman of the Island Def Jam label, has agreed to the role, with sources saying, "It's a done deal."

Reid will reportedly be granted an early release from his contract with Island Def Jam's parent company, Universal Music, so he can take part in The X Factor.  His deal with Universal Music is currently slated to run through December.

Reid is expected to be officially named an X Factor judge later this week.

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Thursday
Mar172011

Bryan Adams to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Decca(LOS ANGELES) -- Back in 2008, Bryan Adams received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, and now, he'll be getting a matching one on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On Monday, Adams will receive star number 2,435, which will fittingly be located on Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Musician's Institute.  A special guest speaker at the ceremony will be another Canadian who's just as famous as Adams is -- hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

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Thursday
Mar172011

Lifehouse Tops 'Billboard's' List of the Biggest Adult Top 40 Hits

Geffen Records(NEW YORK) -- To mark the 15th anniversary of its Adult Top 40 chart, Billboard has compiled a list ranking the biggest hits ever to appear on it.

Coming in at number one is Lifehouse with their song "You And Me."  The song reigned at the top of the chart for nine weeks in 2005. 

At number two is "Drops of Jupiter" by Train, followed by The Calling's "Wherever You Will Go."

Here's the rest of the top 10:

4. "Smooth," Rob Thomas/Carlos Santana
5. "Unwell," Matchbox Twenty
6. "Hanging By A Moment," Lifehouse
7. "How to Save a Life," The Fray
8. "Chasing Cars," Snow Patrol
9. "Hey Soul Sister," Train
10. "Why Don't You & I," Chad Kroeger or Alex Band/Santana (there were two versions of the song)

The list was compiled based on how well each song did during its time on the chart.  In addition to these artists, all of whom scored additional entries in the top 40, other artists who racked up numerous entries include Pink, Nickelback and The Goo Goo Dolls.

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Thursday
Mar172011

Suri Cruise Photographed Holding X-Rated Candy

George Pimentel/Getty Images for Creative Artists Agency(NEW YORK) -- Katie Holmes may need to have a long talk with her daughter Suri after the four-year-old discovered a sexually suggestive treat at a New York City restaurant Tuesday night.

Paparazzi photos captured Suri in the Serendipity 3 restaurant gift shop holding a bag labeled "Penis Gummies."  As you might have guessed, it was gummy candy shaped like a certain male body part.

A rep for the restaurant tells E! News that Holmes didn't actually buy the gummy candy for Suri.  Suri did get to eat ice cream there, though, according to People magazine.

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Thursday
Mar172011

Tiger Woods on New Season, New Life, New Game

Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It has been a challenging few years for golfer Tiger Woods.

But with a new season, Woods is hoping for a fresh start and a new game.

In a Good Morning America exclusive, co-anchor Robin Roberts sat down with Woods to discuss his career, his time with his kids and his quest to find balance in his life.

Since returning to competitive action at last April's Masters, Woods said he wants to reclaim his spot as the No. 1 golfer in the world.

"It's been frustrating, no doubt, because, obviously, I enjoy winning golf tournaments, and I haven't done that in a while... , " Woods, 35, said. "I know what I'm capable of doing. And I know the shots that I'm hitting at home on the range....I know it's in me. I just need to bring it out in a golf tournament."

He has won 14 major championships, four behind legend Jack Nicklaus for the all-time lead.

And it seemed a foregone conclusion not too long ago that Woods would pass Nicklaus. But after a year with no wins, that's now far from certain.

But Woods said he's working on improving his game.

When he's not playing golf, Woods said, he's spending more time with his children, daughter Sam and son Charlie.

"I'm present with my kids," he said. "And that's important, because to be with them each and every time I'm with them, to feel that and be connected to them and to see their joys on their faces, whether it's Sam dancing and creating things and coloring and rearranging furniture and all that stuff."

But Woods said it's not all fun and games as a single father. His divorce from wife Elin Nordegren was finalized in August 2010.

"It's work, there's no doubt," he said. "It's work. It's tough but enjoyable."

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Thursday
Mar172011

Jermaine Jackson Writing Memoir About Michael

MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- This fall, Jermaine Jackson will publish a memoir about his late brother, Michael.  The book, called You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother's Eyes, is billed by the publisher as "the most authoritative account from inside the Jackson music dynasty, illuminating the private man, the son, the father and the brother."

You Are Not Alone reportedly will detail the late King of Pop's childhood in Gary, Indiana, his rise to stardom with the Jackson 5, his solo career, his relationships with his parents, and the "private anguish" he suffered during his 2005 child molestation trial.  It also includes a look at the final weeks of Michael's life, as well as the upcoming trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who's accused of administering a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the superstar.

In a statement, Jermaine said of the book, "It's about what really happened and who [Michael] really was, representing the things he never got the chance to say, based on what we know, based no what he shared."  As for why he wrote the book, Jermaine stated, "We don't want Michael's life to be an eternal mystery."

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Thursday
Mar172011

Rihanna Talks Chris Brown, Love & Her Body in April Issue of 'Vogue'

Island Def Jam(NEW YORK) -- In the April issue of Vogue magazine, cover girl Rihanna opens up about her life after her assault by Chris Brown. 

According to published reports, she tells the magazine that the 2009 incident gave her "a lot of liberation," explaining, "I was able to tap into the personal part of my music...I started to tell stories through my music that were actually my stories.  My album before that...there was still an innocence to me. And what that time in my life did was kind of wake people up: [my life] is not all a bed of roses."

Rihanna also says that now that she's split with L.A. Dodger Matt Kemp, she's taking a break from romance.  According to published reports, she tells Vogue, "I just kind of shut down from that. I just let it go. I don't ever want to have to depend on a relationship. I think it's a really special thing to find love. It's beautiful. Nothing can match it. But I want to make sure that I find other things in life that I love besides....love."

In addition, Rihanna discusses what she feels is a betrayal by her father, Ronald Fenty, with whom she's angry for talking to the tabloids after the 2009 assault.  She tells Vogue, "He never called to find out how I was doing, if I was alive, nothing...he went straight to the press and got a check."

After the "edgy, aggressive" look and feel of her last album, Rated R, Rihanna is showing off a much sexier image these days with her new album, Loud.  And she says she's finally learned to love her body.  She tells Vogue, "Over the holidays...I realized that I actually like my body, even if it's not perfect according to the book. I just feel sexy.  For the first time, I don't want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up." 

Rihanna shows off her curves in an exclusive behind-the-scenes cover shoot video posted on Vogue's website.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

New Black Eyed Peas Video Dedicated to the People of Japan

WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Black Eyed Peas are turning their new video into a tribute to the people of Japan, currently suffering through the aftermath of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.  The clip, for the song "Just Can't Get Enough," was shot over three days in that country just days before the earthquake hit.  According to the Peas' record label, the video opens with the message, "This video was filmed in Japan one week before the earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people of Japan. We love you."

Fergie says of the clip, "It was the easiest video I ever shot, because it was us living our lives...it's showing a true perspective of how it can sometimes be lonely on the road away from our loved ones."  She adds, "It also demonstrates the love and connection we have with Japan. Our heart goes out to all of the Japanese people who have been affected by this natural disaster." 

Group member Taboo adds, "It was an amazing moment in time because Japan has always been my favorite place on the planet and it was great to do our video there!  God bless the Japanese...our love goes out to them."

The clip closes with a request for fans to donate to the Red Cross.  It's set to premiere Thursday, the same day that the Peas perform the song on the American Idol results show.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Alec Baldwin Excited to Work with Tom Cruise on 'Rock of Ages'

PRNewsFoto/Turner Classic Movies(LOS ANGELES) -- Alec Baldwin, who's joined the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages as former rocker Dennis Dupree, is excited about working opposite the musical's star and director. 

Baldwin tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm excited to be able to work with Tom Cruise and Adam Shankman.  I love Adam. He directed the Oscars when I hosted, but to do a movie with Tom will be fun." 

Baldwin added that he hired a voice coach because his character gets to sing, but he admitted it will be "something very modest; I might sing 'Yeah, yeah, yeah,' or something like that."  While his character singing is OK with him, Baldwin said you won't see him dancing. He explained, “It's not that kind of thing. It's not Glee, it's rock and roll." 

Rock of Ages also stars former Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough and singer Mary J. Blige.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

First-Ever Nirvana Song to Be Performed Wed. Night on 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Spoiler alert -- American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe just told Ryan Seacrest that Wednesday night's show will feature the first-ever performance of a Nirvana song on Idol.  Lythgoe said that Casey Abrams, who missed last week's results show due to illness, will perform the band's signature hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit."  The theme for the show Wednesday night is "Songs from the Year You Were Born," and Casey was born in 1991, the year Nirvana became superstars.

Other spoilers for Wednesday's show: Lythgoe revealed that Thia Megia will sing Colors of the Wind from the 1995 movie Pocahontas.  

And on Tuesday, Melissa Etheridge tweeted that one of her songs would also be performed, but she didn't say who would be singing what.

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