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Sunday
Nov072010

British Singer Lily Allen Hospitalized

Photo Courtesy - Parlophone Records(LONDON) -- Lily Allen was hospitalized Friday night with a potentially fatal blood condition called septicaemia. The singer’s illness comes days after her second miscarriage.

Allen is “recovering well,” according to her publicist, who spoke to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, adding that she “continues to improve.”

The 25-year-old singer was six months into her pregnancy, before losing the most recent baby. Her first miscarriage was nearly three years ago, while dating musician Ed Simons.

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Saturday
Nov062010

Michael Jackson's 'Opis None' Released

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto(LOS ANGELES) -- More than a year after his death, Michael Jackson is at the center of a musical controversy. Jackson’s mother, Katherine, has released a new song by her son called Opis None, that she says is authentic and was pulled from the archives of a company called JacksonSecretVault.com.

Sony is also set to release a new Michael Jackson song on Monday. Earlier this week it released a teaser clip for it online and some fans questioned whether the vocals were really those of the late 'King of Pop.'

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Saturday
Nov062010

Oscar-Nominated Actress Jill Clayburgh Dead at 66

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jill Clayburgh, whose decades-long acting career took her to Broadway and Hollywood, has died after a 21-year battle with leukemia. She was 66.

An Oscar-nominated actress who starred on stage, television, and in film, Clayburgh received a nomination for An Unmarried Woman in 1978, and for Starting Over, a comedy with Burt Reynolds.

Clayburgh also appeared in the 1979 film It’s My Turn, as well as on television, with roles on Law & Order, The Practice, Nip/Tuck, and Ally McBeal.

She is survived by her husband, Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe, and her three children.

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Friday
Nov052010

Rolling Stones Will Tour in 2011; Planning New Album

Photo Courtesy - Universal Music Group(LONDON) -- 2011 is going to be "A Bigger Bang" of a year for the Rolling Stones, according to guitarist Keith Richards.  During an interview with BBC Radio 6 to promote his new autobiography, Life, Richards said the band will be out on the road next year.

He added that "everybody's ready to go out there again.  Who said it should stop, and who said when?" Richards answered his own question by saying nobody but them will "know when it really comes to and end, a crashing halt."

Richards didn't stop when it came to new information about the band, revealing that a new album is possibly in the works, as well.  He said that after working for so many years, they "have a lot of unfinished stuff to work on that we had to leave off the last album."

Richards hopes he and Mick Jagger will take the ideas that they have and "put them together in December or January.  We're looking forward to working."

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Friday
Nov052010

Taylor Swift Sets Yet Another Chart Record 

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift's new album, Speak Now, tops the Billboard album chart this week with over a million copies sold, but over on the Billboard Hot 100, she's also dominating.  Eleven songs from Speak Now are all now on the chart simultaneously, which is a big deal for three reasons. 

First of all, Swift is the only female artist ever to have that many songs on the Hot 100 at the same time.  According to Billboard, the only other people who've had that many or more songs chart simultaneously are David Cook, who scored 11 in 2008 after he won American Idol, and The Beatles, who had 12 songs on the chart one week in April of 1964, and 14 another week in that same month.

Second of all, Swift's the only artist to chart that many songs from one album.  The Beatles' songs were all from different albums, and all of Cook's songs were his performances from American Idol.

Third, all of Swift's 11 songs were written by her.  Cook didn't write any of the songs he charted with, and even The Beatles' collection of songs included covers, like "Roll Over Beethoven."

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Friday
Nov052010

Album of Unreleased Michael Jackson Recordings Coming Next Month

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records(NEW YORK) -- The long-rumored album of unreleased Michael Jackson recordings will finally hit stores Dec. 14.  The album, called Michael, is made up of songs described as "newly-completed," indicating they were finished after his death.

A statement from Jackson's record company says that with the album, "fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created, along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition."

On Friday, an exclusive teaser for the album will be posted on MichaelJackson.com, and Monday, a song called "Breaking News" will stream on that site for a week.

"Breaking News" was recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and, according to Jackson's record company, it was "recently brought to completion."

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Friday
Nov052010

Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band Announce 2011 Joint Stadium Shows

Photo Courtesy - BNA Records(NEW YORK) -- Kenny Chesney has announced nine stadium shows for his 2011 Goin' Coastal tour.  Zac Brown Band will co-headline with Chesney for these dates starting March 19 in Tampa, Florida.

Tickets for certain dates start going on sale Nov. 20th.  More arena and amphitheater dates will be announced soon.  Billy Currington is also on the bill for these shows.

In an effort to keep tickets affordable for fans, Chesney is pricing at least 7,000 tickets at $25 each for most of the stadium shows.

Planning for such a massive show doesn't just happen overnight. Chesney says, "To present it the way we do it when we go out on tour, you can't just make that up in January and then decide to go do it." The singer already knows what his stage will look like and what images he'll display on the massive video screens during his songs.

Chesney admits that he's getting more and more anxious as the new tour approaches, but he's ready to get back into life on the road. "It is a little bit of the same kind of grind," he says, "but it's a grind that I want now."

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Friday
Nov052010

Brad Paisley to Debut New Song on CMA Awards

Photo Courtesy - Arista Nashville(NEW YORK) -- Brad Paisley has been in the studio working on his next album while also getting ready to host the CMA Awards on ABC next Wednesday with Carrie Underwood.  Even though his latest single, "Anything Like Me," is still climbing the chart, Paisley tells ABC News Radio he's decided to debut a brand-new song from the upcoming album at the awards show.

It's called "This Is Country Music," and Paisley really wants his fans to hear the song now. He says, "I wanna sing something new. I think it's time."

When he's working on a new project, Paisley says he usually grabs a buddy and plays the new songs for them in his car. With "This Is Country Music," he says, "I'm essentially going to do that on the CMA Awards for 30-something million people, which is really fun."

No word yet on when Paisley might release his next studio album, but his new Hits Alive double album just came out this week.  It features live and studio versions of his biggest hits, along with "Anything Like Me."

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Friday
Nov052010

Pearl Jam Releasing Live Album Celebrating 20th Anniversary

Photo Courtesy - Monkey Wrench Records(NEW YORK) -- Since Pearl Jam is celebrating 20 years of being a band, the group has decided to release a new live album.

Live on Ten Legs will be released on Jan. 18 and features 18 songs that were recorded live from tours that took place between 2003-2010.  All the tracks were remixed and remastered by long time Pearl Jam producer, Brett Eliason.

The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally.  Fans can currently pre-order the album for $12.99 on the band's official website. 

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Friday
Nov052010

Madame Tussauds to Unveil Eight Lady Gaga Figures Worldwide

Photo Courtesy - Streamline Records(NEW YORK) -- Madame Tussauds plans to simultaneously unveil eight different Lady Gaga wax figures on Dec. 9, all over the world, each with a totally different look.  There will be be three Gagas in the U.S. -- in New York, Hollywood and Las Vegas -- as well as in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Completing all the Gaga figures -- which are sculpted in clay before being cast in wax -- will eventually take four months and cost $2.4 million total.  The certain Gaga "look" that will reside in each city has not yet been revealed.

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