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Jan062011

Dr. Murray Hearing Continues with Testimony from Guard, Paramedic

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- On day two of Dr. Conrad Murray's preliminary hearing in Los Angeles, a security guard testified Wednesday that Michael Jackson's doctor ordered him to place medical vials into a bag after Murray found the singer lifeless on the day of his death.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Alberto Alvarez said he was also instructed by Murray to place an IV bag containing what Alvarez called a "milk-like substance" into a larger bag.  The powerful anesthetic propofol, which caused Jackson's death, is a white substance.

Afterward, Alvarez said, Murray told him to call for an ambulance.  As they received instructions from a 911 operator to perform CPR on Jackson, Alvarez said Murray told him, "You know, this is the first time I give mouth to mouth, but I have to do it, he's my friend."  Murray, who's a cardiologist, also was said to have called out if anyone knew how to administer CPR.

Alvarez also recalled Jackson's daughter, Paris, entering the bedroom and yelling, "Daddy!"  He said Murray then shouted, "Get them out!  Get them out!  Don't let them see their father like this."

Richard Senneff of the Los Angeles Fire Department, who responded to the scene, also took the stand on Wednesday.  The paramedic said that though Murray told him that Jackson's condition had "just happened," Senneff's gut feeling "at the time was this did not just happen, it's been a period of time."  He said Murray did not tell him at any point that he'd given Jackson propofol.

The ongoing hearing will determine whether Murray will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.  He's pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Eminem Had 2010's Best-Selling Album; Katy Perry Best-Selling Single

Photo Courtesy - Aftermath Records(NEW YORK) -- Eminem's Recovery is now complete.  Billboard reports the album has been officially confirmed by Nielsen Soundscan as the best-selling album of 2010 in the U.S., with 3.42 million copies sold.

Eminem also had the year's best-selling album back in 2002, with The Eminem Show, making him the only artist to grab that honor twice since 1991, when SoundScan started tracking music sales.

The second-best-selling album of 2010 was Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, with 3.09 million copies sold, followed by Taylor Swift's Speak Now, with 2.96 million copies sold.  Swift is also 2010's best-selling artist overall.  All of her albums put together sold a total of 4.47 million copies in 2010.

The other best-selling albums of the year are, in descending order, My World 2.0 by Justin Bieber, The Gift by Susan Boyle, The Fame by Lady Gaga, Soldier of Love by Sade, Drake's Thank Me Later, Raymond v. Raymond by Usher, and Ke$ha's Animal.

On the singles side, Nielsen Soundscan says Katy Perry's "California Gurls" was the year's best-selling digital track, with 4.40 million copies sold.  Train's "Hey Soul Sister" was second, with 4.31 million copies sold, and Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, was third, with 4.25 million.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Bono Sees 'Spider-Man' Musical for the First Time

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bono, the man who co-wrote the music for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, finally saw the show he helped create for the first time on Tuesday.

The New York Times reports the U2 frontman was joined by guitarist The Edge, who also co-wrote the music for the show, but had already seen the musical.  So far, the singer hasn't made his opinion of the show public, but sources say he seemed in good spirits after the performance.

The show, which cost a record $65 million to create, has been riddled with problems, including numerous cast member injuries.  Even so, the show is consistently selling out its preview performances and has racked up $1.88 million in ticket sales already.  Opening night is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Foxwoods Theater in New York City.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Taylor Swift Tops Album Chart Again

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift continues to rule the Billboard album chart.  Her disc Speak Now retains the number one spot for a fifth non-consecutive week.  The album is close to triple platinum after a bit more than two months in stores.

An artist who seemed to be a permanent resident in the top 10 has now departed.  After weeks as a best seller, Susan Boyle's The Gift has now dropped from number two to number 31, with a sales decrease of 92 percent.  This wasn't unexpected, since the album is Christmas-themed and most holiday albums plunge after the holiday is over.

Another album that saw a big drop on the charts was Michael Jackson's posthumous disc Michael, which dropped from number five to number 18, an 82 percent sales decline.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Train Make Chart History with 'Hey Soul Sister'

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Train's hit single "Hey Soul Sister" was one of the top-selling songs of 2010, and has sold five million copies overall.  Now, it's made some chart history, as well.

"Hey Soul Sister" has just returned to number one on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, marking its 20th week in the top spot.

Since the chart was created 50 years ago, only three other songs have spent 20 weeks or more at number one: Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come," Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway," and the all-time champ, "Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker, which logged 28 weeks at number one in 2003.

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Thursday
Jan062011

'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' 'House,' Eminem Tops at People's Choice Awards

Photo Courtesy - Summit Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse won four awards, including favorite movie and favorite drama movie, Wednesday night during the CBS broadcast of the 37th Annual People’s Choice AwardsTwilight star Kristen Stewart received the trophy for favorite movie actress, but co-stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner lost out to Johnny Depp for the title of favorite movie actor. The trio did win the People’s Choice Award for favorite on-screen team.  The three are currently filming Breaking Dawn, Part One and Part Two -- the fourth and fifth installments of the Twilight series.  Lautner told the audience, “Mark my words -- the best is yet to come.”

The Fox drama House and rapper Eminem also won four People’s Choice Awards.  House was named top TV drama and its stars Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein were named favorite actor and actress in a drama, while Laurie’s role as Gregory House was named favorite TV doctor.  Eminem won People’s Choice Awards for favorite male musician and hip-hop artist.  The rapper’s hit duet with Rihanna, Love the Way You Lie, won awards for favorite song and music video.

The Fox series Glee was named favorite TV comedy and star Jane Lynch favorite TV comedy actress. Neil Patrick Harris from How I Met Your Mother was named favorite TV comedy actor.

Queen Latifah, who hosted the event live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, announced that a record 175 million votes had been cast for this year’s awards. Instead of opening envelopes, presenters revealed the winners using Droid SmartPhones.

Elton John presented the award for favorite country artist award to Taylor Swift.  Taylor congratulated Elton on being a new dad, and then thanked the fans for everything.  She later presented the award for favorite movie actor to Johnny Depp.  Depp thanked the fans for the award, but made a point of saying if he didn’t say hi to Taylor Swift, he’d be in big trouble with his daughter.

Katy Perry won two awards, favorite female artist and favorite online sensation, while Rihanna and Usher were named favorite pop and R&B artists, respectively.

After being named favorite talk show host, Conan O'Brien thanked his staff and TBS, and noted what could have been a bad year turned into “one of the greatest years” of his life.

Selena Gomez and her band The Scene performed the title track from their new album, A Year Without Rain.  Afterwards, Selena was presented with the award for favorite breakout artist.  The evening’s second musical act was Kid Rock, who performed God Bless Saturday.

Zac Efron won the People’s Choice Award for favorite movie star under 25.  He told the audience that making movies is like a roller coaster with lots of twists and turns, but the best part is the feeling of a connection with the fans.  Efron added that receiving the award was a huge honor.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians was named favorite TV guilty pleasure.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Actor Gary Collins Arrested for Not Paying Tab

Photo Courtesy - Biloxi Police Dept.(BILOXI, Miss.) -- Actor and former TV host Gary Collins was in a south Mississippi jail early Wednesday, charged with a felony for leaving a restaurant without paying his bill. Collins' Tuesday night dinner tab at Jazzeppi's restaurant in Biloxi was $59.35, said assistant police chief Rodney McGilvary. Restaurant employees asked Collins to pay the bill, but he left without doing so, McGilvary said.

Collins was arrested Tuesday and was charged with defrauding an innkeeper, McGilvary said. Refusing to pay a restaurant bill of more than $25 is a felony in Mississippi, according to Biloxi police. Collins was being held Wednesday on a $5,000 bond in the Harrison County Detention Center in Gulfport.

In November, Collins admitted to WAPT News in Jackson, Mississippi that he left the scene of a car crash in Jackson before police arrived. He was accused of rear-ending another car. Collins paid a $500 fine last month and the case was resolved, the actor's attorney said. The attorney who represented Collins in the Jackson case didn't immediately respond to a message Wednesday. Collins is married to Mary Anne Mobley, a former Miss America from Mississippi.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Comic Book Legend Stan Lee Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo Courtesy - John Shearer/ WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Stan Lee was treated like a real hero on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.  The 88-year-old, who created many of Marvel Comics' signature superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and The Fantastic Four, received the 2,428th star on the famed sidewalk.

At the ceremony, Lee said he wanted to share the honor with his superhero creations.  He joked, "I hope the X-Men and The Hulk and Spider-Man are appreciative."

Speaking of Spider-Man, Lee is confident that Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway musical based on the web-slinger, will be a success, despite injuries suffered by cast members and other setbacks.  Lee said he's seen a rehearsal and called it "fantastic," and thinks the show will be a "monster hit."

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Report: Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal No Longer Together

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- It looks like the "love story" between Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal is finished.  A source tells People magazine, "They're over.  It ended last month."

Swift and Gyllenhaal weren't spotted together over the holidays, and Swift rang in the New Year solo in Nashville.  Gyllenhaal was seen in New York City on Jan. 2 at a closing party for Broadway's Fela!

The two were last seen together in public on Dec. 9 in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Paul McCartney Asks Indian Prime Minister to Establish Meat-Free Day

Photo Courtesy - Dave Hogan/Getty Images(NORFOLK, Va.) -- Paul McCartney wrote a letter to Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, urging him to declare Jan. 12 "a "Meat-Free Monday" in that country.

In the letter, which was provided to ABC News Radio by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, McCartney writes, "Would you please think about declaring one day every year -- perhaps Jan. 12, the anniversary of PETA's India founding -- [as] a day to celebrate vegetarianism and compassion towards animals?...it would be a celebration of life -- all life."

McCartney also urges the prime minister to watch an expose of the meat industry which he narrated, and which was just released in India.

McCartney also made sure to add, "India has held a very special place in my heart since my first visit to your country many years ago."  That, of course, was in 1968, when he and the rest of The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Ringo Starr famously went back home after 10 days because he didn't like the food.

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