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R.Kelly's '12 Nights Of Christmas' Will Be 'Love-Making' Holiday Music
Because nothing says Christmas like R. Kelly's baby-making jams, the R&B singer announced this week that he will be releasing a holiday album in time for Dec. 25, 2014. To be called "12 Nights of Christmas," the album won't be filled with Christmas classics. "It's gonna be a lot of love-making," R. Kelly said of the project. "I come with that, bearing gifts." This won't be R. Kelly's first venture into holiday music.
OneRepublic victorious in closest UK chart battle of 2013
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...
Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...
No, Kanye West Did Not Say Kim Kardashian Could Have A Bigger Music Career Than Beyonce
Kanye West already keeps the media busy enough with what he actually says, so the last thing the world needs is faux quotes designed to manufacture outrage. On the heels of one Kanye West hoax that claimed the rapper compared himself to Nelson Mandela, comes yet another fake set of West quotes, attributed to an interview that never happened with WGCI radio in Chicago. Though the story was picked up by Jezebel and Oh No They Didn't, a rep for West confirmed to The Huffington Post that West never said, "I am going to make Kim Kardashian a bigger performer
LA jury reaches verdict in Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury reached a verdict on Wednesday in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of pop singer Michael Jackson against concert promoter AEG Live, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court said. The verdict, which will be read at 3:30 p.m. PT (2230 GMT), caps a five-month trial that opened a window into the singer's private life and final days. Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his three children sued AEG Live over the singer's 2009 death at age 50 in Los Angeles from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol. ...
Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance
By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help stage a concert, insurance underwriters play a large role in making sure a star can get onstage and grab the microphone. Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get canceled. ...
Michael Jackson verdict could shake up entertainment business model
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of late pop star Michael Jackson against his concert promoter is now in the hands of a jury, and the verdict could have far-reaching implications for how the entertainment industry does business with its biggest stars. The 21-week trial, which has opened a window into the private life and last days of the King of Pop, has put not only concert promoter AEG Live on trial but also the entertainment industry's live-performance business model, analysts say. ...