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Dec162010

Fuse to Air Z100's Jingle Ball Concert

Photo Courtesy - Capitol Records(NEW YORK) -- Last Friday, New York City's Madison Square Garden played host to the annual Jingle Ball, a star-studded concert that features the biggest pop stars of the year.  But Thursday night, for the first time ever, people who didn't get to attend the event will also be able to enjoy it.

Fuse is airing Z100's Jingle Ball Live from Madison Square Garden Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. ET.  Stars viewers will see performing their biggest hits include Bruno Mars, Taio Cruz, Selena Gomez, B.o.B., Enrique Iglesias, Paramore, Travie McCoy and Katy Perry.

Since B.o.B., Bruno Mars, Paramore and Travie McCoy were all on the bill, they all collaborated with each other on their various hits.  B.o.B. and Mars sang "Nothin' on You," McCoy and Mars sang "Billionaire," and Paramore's Hayley Williams teamed up with B.o.B. for "Airplanes," in addition to Paramore doing their own set.

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Thursday
Dec162010

Susan Boyle's 'The Gift' Continues at Number One

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Susan Boyle is now the Queen of Christmas, as her seasonal album The Gift stays at number one on the Billboard album chart for a fourth non-consecutive week.  In the five weeks it's been in stores, the album has sold 1.43 million copies.

At the other end of the spectrum is another singer who found fame on a televised talent competition.  After starting at number 19, Live it Up, the debut album from American Idol champ Lee DeWyze, has now fallen to number 133 on the charts.  In one month, the disc has moved just under 72,000 copies.

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Thursday
Dec162010

Garth Brooks Kicks Off Nine-Show Run in Nashville for Flood Victims

Photo Courtesy - Garth Brooks [dot] com(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Garth Brooks launches his nine-show run in Nashville Thursday night, playing two concerts at Bridgestone Arena.  The shows will raise money for flood victims in the area, and everything from the set list to the merchandise on sale will be unique to this event.

Says Brooks, "I think if you're trying to raise money for people, make it a one-of-a-kind thing, and hopefully we'll get the max money out of our contributors."

Tickets for Brooks' concerts went for only $25, but he promises to give fans a show that's worth much more than that.  "Our job is to make them walk away going, 'You know what, I would have paid double for that,'" Brooks says.  "To think that it's all going for a good cause, then everybody goes to sleep feeling good."

Brooks' wife, Trisha Yearwood, and Nashville songwriter Karyn Rochelle will also perform at the shows, and some special guests are expected to pop up, as well.

Here is the rundown of shows:

Thursday, Dec. 16 (two shows)
Friday, Dec. 17
Sunday, Dec. 19
Monday, Dec. 20
Tuesday, Dec. 21 (two shows)
Wednesday, Dec. 22 (two shows)

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Thursday
Dec162010

Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Named Biggest Fashion Statement by 'Time'

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It made headlines all over the world, and now Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress has made it to the pages of Time magazine.  The dress, which she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards, has been named Time's number one Fashion Statement of 2010.

The magazine wrote, "If making fashion statements is your [thing], it's easy to get bored.  Exploding bra?  Flamed out.  Dress made of bubbles?  Please.  Using your hair as a bow?  Not again.  But a dress made of meat -- with shoes, hat and purse to match -- well, that's fresh."

Gaga also made Time's list of People Who Mattered in 2010, along with the likes of Pope Benedict, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, LeBron James, the cast of Glee, Sandra Bullock, Betty White and Justin Bieber.

Writing about Gaga, Time said, "Her ability to weave fashion, choreography, visual art and a wide variety of pop-based musical styles into one...made her not only a household name but a pop icon."

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Wednesday
Dec152010

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Named Person of the Year by 'Time'

Photo Courtesy - PR Newswire/Time Magazine(NEW YORK) -- Time magazine has named Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old billionaire founder of Facebook, its Person of the Year.

"In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity in a single network...It's a permanent fact of our global social reality.  We have entered the Facebook age, and Mark Zuckerberg is the man who brought us here," Time writes in its profile.

Since the distinction began in 1927, the magazine chooses the person every year who "has done the most to change the news, for better or worse."  It has also selected groups of people, devices, and famously, even You...representing a new population contributing content online.

Runners-up this year included the Tea Party, Julian Assange, Hamid Karzai and the 33 Chilean Miners.

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Wednesday
Dec152010

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Announced

Photo Courtesy - RB/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- The news leaked a couple of days ago, but now it's official.  Rolling Stone magazine reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will include Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Dr. John.

In addition, Leon Russell will be given the Award for Musical Excellence, which was formerly known as the "sideman" category.   The ceremony will be held March 14 at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel and broadcast live on Fuse.

Though artists are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame 25 years after they release their first single or album, all of this year's inductees have been eligible for years.  They all started their careers in the 60s, except for Waits, who put out his first album in 1973.

Alice Cooper told Rolling Stone that when he received the news, he called his former bandmates in the original Alice Cooper band and told then, "Well, it only took 45 years!"

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Wednesday
Dec152010

President Obama Appoints Jon Bon Jovi to White House Council

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has appointed Jon Bon Jovi to the White House Council on Community Solutions, which will advise him on how to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and the government and have them work more effectively together to solve specific community needs.

The singer was chosen for the council because through his charity organization, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, he's worked to create affordable housing for low-income families and support projects that help those families get back on the right track.  Plus, he's an Obama supporter, performed at some of the president's inaugural events, and has been to the White House several times.

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Wednesday
Dec152010

Charlie Sheen Won't Face Criminal Charges for Plaza Hotel Incident

Photo Courtesy - Jeff Vespa/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Charlie Sheen will not face criminal charges for trashing his room at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in October.

A New York City Police Department official told E! Online, "There have been no arrests.  That case is closed."

Police investigated the incident involving the Two and a Half Men star after the woman Sheen was with, porn star Capri Anderson, filed a criminal complaint alleging she was the victim of assault and harassment.  Police arrived on the scene after receiving a call from hotel security and found an "emotionally disturbed individual" shortly after 2:00 a.m.  Sheen was later taken to a hospital for observation.

An NYPD insider told E! Online the complaint was not referred to prosecutors because Anderson waited an entire month to file a police report after telling officers at the scene that she was never in danger of being physically harmed.  Anderson has hinted that she would file a lawsuit against Sheen, but has yet to do so.

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Wednesday
Dec152010

Hugh Jackman Injured Making Entrance on Oprah's Australian Show

Photo Courtesy - Stephen Lovekin/ WireImage(SYDNEY) -- Hugh Jackman wound up with a black eye Tuesday when he tried to show up on the Australian set of Oprah Winfrey's talk show on a zipline, but hit some lighting equipment along the way.  The 42-year-old actor was looking to burst onto the stage at the Sydney Opera House, where Winfrey taped two shows during her stay Down Under.

Jackman smacked his face and had to have paramedics rush to his aid while the show stopped taping.  Afterward, the X-Men star joked with Winfrey about the incident, saying, "That was so much fun until the end.  Too much fun."

He explained, "I came down waving to everyone, looking over Sydney Harbor, saw my dad, the kids and you [Winfrey], went to pull the brake and then boing!"  He also insisted to fans, "It doesn't hurt."

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Wednesday
Dec152010

Oprah Tops List of Most Charitable Celebrities

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Discovery Communications, George Burns(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey is a very generous person -- so generous that she leads a list of the most charitable celebrities in 2010.

She donated $41.4 million to the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and her Angel Network, according to The Giving Back Fund, an organization that promotes philanthropic efforts.  Winfrey's donations to her foundation support education and also benefits programs for women and children.

The "Giving Back 30" is filled with celebrities from the TV, movie and sports worlds, and is based on donations listed in public records.  The Giving Back Fund says celebrities donated more than $79 million overall to charities in the U.S.

Here are the top 10:

1. Oprah Winfrey, $41,400,000.
2. Nora Roberts (author), $4,450,000.
3. Meryl Streep and husband Donald Gummer, $4,000,000.
4. Jami Gertz and husband Tony Ressler, $2,908,737.
5. Lance Berkman (baseball player) and wife Cara Berkman, $2,109,284.
6T. Charles Woodson (football player), $2,000,000.
6T. Madieu Williams (football player), $2,000,000.
8. Alec Baldwin, $1,621,827.
9. Barbra Streisand, $1,400,000.
10. Oscar de la Hoya (boxer), $1,300,000.

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