P!nk Greatest Hits CD and New Single Available Soon

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music EntertainmentP!nk's record company has now confirmed the release of her first best-of compilation, titled Greatest Hits...So Far!!!  The CD will hit stores Nov. 16.  The first single, "Raise Your Glass," debuted Tuesday night online and will go on sale at digital outlets on Oct. 18.  The album will be available in standard and deluxe editions, with the deluxe version including a few extra songs.

Here's the track listing for the standard edition of the album:

1. "Get the Party Started"
2. "There You Go"
3. "Don’t Let Me Get Me"
4. "Just Like a Pill"
5. "Family Portrait"
6. "Trouble"
7. "Stupid Girls"
8. "Who Knew"
9. "U + Ur Hand"
10. "Dear Mr. President"
11. "So What"
12. "Sober"
13. "Please Don’t Leave Me"
14. "Glitter in the Air"
15. "Raise Your Glass"
16. New Song, TBD 

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Kelly Clarkson Talks About New CD During "Twitter Party" 

Photo Courtesy - RCA Music Group/Sony Music EntertainmentOn Monday night, Kelly Clarkson held an impromptu "Twitter party" with her fans, where she answered random questions from them for a short time and ended up revealing some details about her upcoming album.

Clarkson said she's "almost completed" the disc, but fans shouldn't expect it until "the beginning of the year."  Complaining about the time it takes for a record company to prepare to release a record, she added, "It takes too long. I'm bored and ready to tour."

Clarkson also named two new songs that she called her favorites, "You Love Me" and "You Still Won't Know What It's Like." She also said the disc will contain not one but two duets.  She teased, "I have at some point sang with both of these artists before, but not on record."

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Kanye Reveals New Album Title

Photo Courtesy - Island Def JamAfter months of speculation, Kanye West confirmed via Twitter on Tuesday the name of his new album.  West wrote, "The official album title is and always was 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.'"

He went on to say the first song on the album is called "Dark Fantasy" and that "All of the Lights," a version of which leaked online last week, will be the next single.  West wrote, "I ain't letting no leaks have any [effect] on my song choices....wait 'till y'all hear the final [version]!"

The album will hit stores Nov. 22.  Two singles, "Power" and "Runaway," have already been officially released.

West also confirmed that some of the tracks he's been releasing under his "G.O.O.D. Fridays" free music program will be included on the new disc.

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Justin Bieber Tapped to Host Revival of MTV's "Punk'd"

Photo Courtesy - Island Def JamAll those pranks that Justin Bieber and his crew play on the road seem to have led the singer directly to a new job. reports MTV is finalizing a deal to revive its former series Punk'd, with Bieber as the new host.  Creator and original host Ashton Kutcher will be on board as executive producer.

The original Punk'd lasted four years, leaving the air in 2007.  The new version will likely launch next year, according to

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Stars Open Up About Being Bullied 

Photo Courtesy - Tyler Clementi/FacebookIn the wake of the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who took his own life after his roommate allegedly posted a video online of him in an intimate moment with another man, celebrities want teens to know they were bullied, too, and survived it.

Chris Colfer plays a teased teen on Glee, which is not a stretch for a person who called himself a "human punching bag" in high school. "It really taught me to be quick on my feet," says Colfer. "Some of my witty comebacks are legendary."

Demi Lovato's experiences with bullying led to her involvement with PACER's Teens Against Bullying organization. On the organization's website, she posted: "They say 'Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you,' but that's not true. Words can hurt...Things were said to me that I still have not forgotten."

Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg tells People she was thrown down a flight of stairs by her school bully. Other famous victims include Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba, Ashley Tisdale, and Eva Mendes, who tells the magazine she eventually turned the tables on her tormentor: "When I finally stood up to my bully, that's when things changed for me."

On a related note, Project Runway host Tim Gunn released a video as part of the gay lifestyle support video series dubbed the It Gets Better Project, in which he admitted he tried to kill himself as a teenager.  He also touts the suicide prevention hotline The Trevor Project.

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Muppets in Mourning: 'Sesame Street' Developer Dies at 84

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dr. Gerald Lesser, the man responsible for molding the personalities of Sesame Street's famed characters and the lessons they've taught to generations of preschoolers, has died.  He passed away on Sept. 23 at the age of 84.

"He helped us choose what subjects we really thought we could teach, like counting," said Joan Ganz Cooney, the founder of the Children's Television Network.

Cooney said it was Lesser who created the so-called Sesame Street Curriculum.

Before Sesame Street first aired in November 1969, children's television had a very different tenor.  It was rare for a children's show to incorporate educators and psychologists in the creative process.

Sesame Street, meant to target disadvantaged children, brought Lesser in to help.  The revolutionary program had a lofty goal to hold 3-year-old children's attention and teach them.

The program's creators wanted each preschooler to learn their ABCs and how to count to 10.  Those benchmarks were unheard of in the 4-year-old age group at the time.

"Because of us, kindergarteners changed their curriculum," Cooney said.  "Children came to school knowing their letters and numbers, that was Gerry who did this."

Lesser worked with the show's staff to determine what information a preschooler needed to know and how much information their young minds could absorb.  He also pondered the unique way children digest television.

When Lesser noticed kids were riveted by commercials, he brain-stormed with Madison Avenue ad-men about how to draw the tiny viewers in.

Segments of the show were like a commercial:  "This segment brought to you by the letter K."

Not only did Lesser's knowledge help mold the show's episodes, but also helped the creation of those beloved characters.

During those first test shows, Lesser thought something was missing.  Everyone seemed impossibly sunny on the show.  Lesser thought kids needed to know it was OK to be grumpy.

That thought birthed Oscar the Grouch, the green character who lives in the dumpster and loves noise.

Cooney said that there was something else missing early on.

"Gerry thought children needed to see some kid that was awkward, but we didn't want it to be a child," she said.

The solution:  Big Bird.  The perfect feathered foil taught kids its OK to spill milk sometimes.

Lesser was born in New York on Aug. 22, 1926.  He received a master's in psychology at Columbia and later a Ph.D. from Yale.

Lesser, a New York native, continued to influence the show long after its debut.  While teaching at Harvard University, he studied how children reacted to the show.

Always learning, Lesser tweaked the lessons the show taught as he learned more about the 80 million young minds that have tuned in for decades.

Lesser helped turn Sesame Street into the avenue for millions of children to learn.

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Alabama Town Says No Thanks to 'Redneck Riviera,' Passes Law to Block Filming

Photo Courtesy -- Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce(GULF SHORES, Ala.) -- A production company hoping to film what could be the South's answer to the "Jersey Shore" has had the door slammed in its face by Gulf Shores, Ala. that would rather be known for pristine beaches than Confederate flags.

The city council's response after finding out the beach town was being scouted for filming a new reality show titled "Redneck Riviera" was to unanimously pass an amended filming law that allows city officials to deny permits for productions deemed to imply inappropriate messaging.

"Anything like this has the potential to be very disruptive to our community," Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said, but insisted the newly updated ordinance wasn't intended solely for "Redneck Riviera."  "We knew we needed to do something a little different here."

The show's title is a play on the long-held nickname for the region, one that many officials try not to advertise.

"I don't think it would be welcome," Linda Whitlock, president and CEO of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce, said of the show.  "This area, this community of Alabama, has worked very hard, for many, many years to erase the image of the Redneck Riviera."

But Jodi Redmond, creator and executive producer behind "Redneck Riviera" said Gulf Shores may have the wrong idea about her show.

"I think it's unfortunate because I think it could bring a credible amount of tourism back to that place," she said.  "I love Gulf Shores."

Despite Gulf Shore's imposition of the new ordinance, casting for "Redneck Riviera" is ongoing.  According to the show's Web site, producers are looking for native southerners whose idea of a perfect vacation includes "Miller beer by the case, partying and dancing the night away ... while spending the day on the beach with a cold one in your hand and watching bikini bull-riding contests."

Redmond, however, said the casting call was "jazzed up" and that she hopes to focus the show on a single town and the people in it, rather than having a congregation of young adults living in a house a la the "Jersey Shore" gang.

For all the concerns Gulf Shores may have, one mayor who's been in the same situation said, "Tell them to try it."

P. Kenneth Hershey, the mayor of "Jersey Shore's" Seaside Heights, N.J., said the show that made Snooki, The Situation and fist pumping famous has helped fill the town's coffers.  "It gave us a couple millions worth of publicity -- at least," Hershey said.  "It brought a lot of people into town.  And they were orderly people."

The Redneck Riviera is loosely defined as the coastal area that stretches from Florida's Emerald Coast to the shores of Alabama.

Redmond herself is familiar with the region, having grown up in Alabama.  She came up with the concept well over a year ago, but then hesitated.

"My concern was, 'How comfortable am I doing this considering I'm from there and the fact that reality TV and TV in general is exploitative?"  Redmond said.

In the end, it was the BP oil spill that ravaged the coastline that pushed her to move forward and begin casting.

"It killed me," she said.  "I just couldn't believe what businesses and towns were going through."

Though she has heard from some city mayors who aren't thrilled with the show's premise, others, Redmond said, have reached out to her saying they want the tourism dollars.

On the show's Facebook page, there seems to be more enthusiasm than disappointment.

"Just as soon as I get ahold of a video camera, you'll have my application," one Facebook poster wrote.

And another, "My husband & I own a little honky-tonk in Foley, Alabama ... We are rednecks & proud of it!"

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Bruno Mars Releases Debut CD

Photo Courtesy - Elektra Records(NEW YORK) -- Bruno Mars' debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, arrives in stores Tuesday, just a few days after he was formally charged with cocaine possession.  Mars' record label is standing by him, issuing a statement to MTV on Friday saying, "We congratulate Bruno Mars on his chart-topping success, and provide him with our full love and support."

Doo-Wops & Hooligans features Bruno's number one hit, "Just The Way You Are," and a wide variety of other tracks.  Speaking about the record, he tells ABC News Radio, "I'm putting my heart and soul into every single one of these songs, exactly how I did 'Nothin' on You.'  Exactly how I did 'Billionaire' and 'Just the Way You Are.' All those songs are very different from each other, but I want people to know that's coming from the same guy.  And that's what I hope they can take from the album."

Mars says the album's title, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, reflects the two sides of his personality: the romantic side and the tougher side.  He explains, "Doo-Wop...that's what you call your sweetheart, your 'doo-wop.'  And I think that explains the romantic side of me....'Hooligans,' that's my street side. That's me, skateboarding everywhere."  He said he originally was going to call the record "Bruno Mars, Ladies & Gentleman," but dismissed it as "not slick enough."

Next week, Mars will join Maroon 5 on the road as the opening act for three dates of the band's fall headlining tour.

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Tony Curtis Remembered at Las Vegas Funeral Service 

Photo Courtesy - Paramount Pictures/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- More than 400 people gathered at a Las Vegas funeral chapel Monday to remember the late acting legend Tony Curtis, who died last Wednesday at the age of 85. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the service began with a film tribute to the Oscar-nominated actor before Curtis' daughter, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, and other guests spoke.

Jamie Lee Curtis told the guests at Palm Mortuary & Cemetery, "No matter what the question is, the answer is love. Remember that in my father's memory."

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recalled a piece of advice Curtis once gave him: "Get rid of the accent, change the name...and you will make it." Curtis himself used a stage name.  His birth name was Bernard Schwartz.

Comedian and impressionist Rich Little, another guest at the service, told reporters that the Some Like It Hot star had "went from a pretty boy to a terrific, terrific dramatic actor."

A burial and reception were held after the service.

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Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber Nearing One Billion YouTube Views 

Photo Courtesy - YouTubeLady Gaga and Justin Bieber are both approaching one billion YouTube views. reports that if Gaga's views continue at their current pace, she should pass the one billion mark around Oct. 20.  She's averaging about 1.8 million views per day.  Bieber, on the other hand, should hit the billion-view mark on Nov. 1, averaging about 3.7 million views a day.

The only other artist who comes close to Gaga and Bieber's views is Michael Jackson, and he's only at 600 million.

Both Gaga and Bieber are on the list of YouTube's all-time most-viewed clips.  Bieber's video for "Baby" is the number one most watched music video ever, with 345 million views, while Gaga's "Bad Romance" is the number two all-time music video, with 288 million views.

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