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  • Jay-Z Chokes Up Discussing "the Paranoia of Not Being a Great Dad" to Blue Ivy
    Url 2013-07-03 07:49:26 UTC
    The multiple commercials currently airing to promote Jay-Z's upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail (which drops July 4 for Samsung Galaxy users and July 7 for everyone else) continue to peak fans' interest in what musical creation Hov will release next, but his latest ad also took a tug at our heart. Instead of just focusing on the music and giving snippets of beats produced by Timbaland like in other clips, the iconic rapper opened up about being a father and the fears that come with it (which does promote a song on the new release, but still). Hov spoke about his baby girl Blue Ivy, telling Rick Rubin that she's "something that we [he ...
  • Pickup lines: tell us your best – and the worst you've ever heard
    Diaalnews.com- 2013-07-03 07:25:14 UTC
    Rod Stewart claims to have used the same one for 30 years. Have you ever used one and been successful with it? Or laughed in someone's face when they did? Hey girls, do you have a map? Because I just got lost in your eyes. Now, chances are you've all just instantly fallen head over heels in love with me. This is because, according to a Vanity Fair survey, I've just used the world's most effective pickup line. Do try to contain yourselves. It would have been a completely different story if I'd opened with "Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?" or – worse yet – "You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy", because statistically ...
  • Stones play long-awaited Glastonbury gig
    Diaalnews- 2013-06-30 08:27:11 UTC
    PILTON, England (AP) — There's a first time for everything, even if you're the Rolling Stones. The rock rabble-rousers who formed half a century ago played Britain's Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, their debut appearance at the country's most prestigious rock music event. A majority of the 135,000 festival ticket-holders crammed into the fields in front of Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage for the gig, which opened with a rousing "Jumpin' Jack Flash." As on recent tour dates, the Stones gave fans a fistful of classic hits — including "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)," ''Paint it Black," ''Wild Horses" and "Gimme Shelter" — as ...
  • Earth, Wind and Fire dropping new album Sept. 10
    Diaalnews 2013-06-24 12:48:53 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Earth, Wind and Fire initially wanted to release its new album around the 2012 presidential election, but the band realized it wasn't satisfied with the songs it created. "We have a lot more bells and whistles in place now and the record is better," singer Philip Bailey said in a recent interview. "Now, Then & Forever," the group's first album in eight years, will be released Sept. 10. Bailey said the band called co-founding member Larry Dunn and others to help produce its latest sound. "I said, 'Let's go back to the drawing board,'" he recalled. "It's a great representation of who Earth, Wind and Fire is now, but ...
  • Trial provides portrait of Jackson as a father
    Diaalnews 2013-06-23 18:16:12 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Courtrooms have supplied the epilogue to Michael Jackson's life. They've provided the forum where his debts have been settled, his final days dissected and his life depicted as a cautionary tale. In nearly four years of court proceedings, two juries have watched Jackson come to life on video screens. They've watched him spin, dance, and then disappear. They've heard his voice, seen his handwriting and viewed photos of his lifeless body. His role as a father has been described in little more than platitudes. Until now. The jury hearing a civil case filed by the superstar's mother — against AEG Live LLC, the promo...
  • Week 8 of Jackson trial features experts, emotion
    Diaalnews 2013-06-23 18:01:27 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead: THE CASE Jackson's mother wants a jury to determine that the promoter of Jackson's planned comeback concerts didn't properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter by a criminal jury for Jackson's June 2009 death. AEG's attorney says the case is about personal choice, namely Jackson's decision to have Murray serve as his doctor and give him doses of a powerful anesthe...
  • Lil Wayne: I'm not stepping on US flag in video
    07d8020d6a952514350f6a706700bfab 2013-06-19 05:50:18 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Wayne says he wasn't intentionally stepping on the American flag when shooting his latest video. Video of the rapper from his music video shoot for the song "God Bless Amerika" hit the Web on Monday. In it, he appears to be stepping on top of the American flag. But he said in a Facebook post Tuesday the flag on the ground will not appear in the clip. He writes it was never his intention "to desecrate the flag of the United States of America." He says the flag will reveal a group of people behind him in the video. The New Orleans-based rapper says in the statement his environment helped shape the way he vi...
  • Bieber behind wheel as car hits man in Hollywood
    40f0069568f01d14350f6a7067007d16 2013-06-19 05:30:49 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video shows Justin Bieber running into a photographer with his white Ferrari in Hollywood, but police say there was no crime and the injuries aren't life-threatening. Lt. Craig Valenzuela says Bieber's car collided with the person at 11:45 p.m. Monday on Sunset Boulevard. Valenzuela says nobody was cited or arrested and officers determined no crime was committed. He says investigators are trying to determine whether the pedestrian was in the roadway. A video posted by TMZ.com shows Bieber getting into a Ferrari. He's surrounded by paparazzi and as the car drives off, one falls to the ground and grips his knee....
  • Perry talks Russell Brand, John Mayer with Vogue
    Katy-perry-and-russell-brand-1744306 2013-06-18 04:36:44 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Katy Perry 'goes there' with Vogue about two of her high-profile relationships, as the magazine's July cover story. The singer says of ex-husband Russell Brand that she "was in love with him when I married him" in 2010. She also adds that she hasn't heard from the comedian since Brand texted her on New Year's Eve of 2011 to say he wanted a divorce, about 14 months later. She also goes on to say she blamed herself for their breakup until she "found out the real truth" which she "can't necessarily disclose." Perry also opens up to Vogue about her on-again-off-again relationship with John Mayer saying she "was madly...
  • 'World War Z' draws massive crowd in NYC
    Brad-pitt-got-angelina-jolie-dirty-birthday-present 2013-06-18 04:35:13 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of fans brought Times Square to a standstill as they waited to catch a glimpse of Brad Pitt at his premiere for "World War Z." The 49-year old actor took his time on the appropriately-designed "Z-shaped" red carpet, often breaking way to sign autographs. Pitt stars and produced the apocalyptic thriller based on the book by Max Brooks. He plays a former United Nations investigator who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is threatening to decimate humanity. His partner and mother of his children, Angelina Jolie, serves as a U.N. Ambassador. So how does she feel abo...
  • Jack Johnson pulls off the switch at Bonnaroo
    2cd7fbb428d8e314340f6a7067009d71 2013-06-16 17:51:49 UTC
    MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Nicely done, Jack Johnson. Johnson and his band overcame tough odds and thorny logistics to headline the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Saturday night, replacing late cancellation Mumford & Sons. The group overcame short notice and thorny logistics to produce a set filled with good humor, mellow vibes and a ton of hits. "We want to dedicate this whole set to Ted Dwane and all of Mumford & Sons," Johnson said after taking the stage before tens of thousands of fans. "And we wish we could all be here playing music together. Maybe that will be next year." Mumford & Sons was forced to pull out of its m...
  • Paul McCartney carries the weight at Bonnaroo
    4b94d1170a2ecc14340f6a70670027db 2013-06-16 17:39:18 UTC
    MANCHESTER, Tennessee (AP) — Even a former Beatle needs a moment standing on the main stage at Bonnaroo. A few songs into his transcendent first set at the massive Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Paul McCartney wrapped his arms around his signature Hofner bass and surveyed a crowd of 80,000 adoring fans. "Hey, listen, I'm going to take a moment just to drink all this in for myself," McCartney said. McCartney is one of the world's most recognizable musicians and showed why as he led a massive 2½-hour sing-a-long of three dozen songs that included two encores Friday night. Playing for a crowd consisting mostly of fans who w...
  • Paul McCartney carries the weight at Bonnaroo
    Diaalnews 2013-06-15 07:37:42 UTC
    MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Even a former Beatle needs a moment standing on the main stage at Bonnaroo. A few songs into his transcendent first set at the massive Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Paul McCartney wrapped his arms around his signature Hofner bass and surveyed a crowd of 80,000 adoring fans. "Hey, listen, I'm going to take a moment just to drink all this in for myself," McCartney said. McCartney is one of the world's most recognizable musicians and showed why as he led a massive 2½-hour sing-a-long of three dozen songs that included two encores Friday night. Playing for a crowd consisting mostly of fans who were born a de...
  • Mumford & Sons cancels Bonnaroo performance
    1dea3e48ea72b013340f6a7067004b95 2013-06-14 01:38:59 UTC
    MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Mumford & Sons has canceled its headlining performance at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee. The decision comes after bassist Ted Dwane received treatment this week for a blood clot on his brain. The band made the announcement on its Facebook page. The band postponed three shows earlier this week after the blood clot was discovered, but hoped to play Bonnaroo on Saturday night. There is no word on what act will replace Mumford & Sons in the headlining slot in front of 80,000 fans. Dwane is recovering from the procedure and was not ready to play Saturday. Rather than perform with a replac...
  • Grant Hill supports wife Tamia at NYC concert
    365_black_awards010_emf_press_junket_2012___cme3000_ 2013-06-10 04:54:39 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — A week after he retired from the NBA, Grant Hill celebrated with his wife as she performed for a feverish crowd in New York City on Saturday night. Hill and New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire watched from the VIP section of the Highline Ballroom as Tamia (tah-MEE'-uh) sang R&B tunes for a few hundred people. Hill last played for the Los Angeles Clippers. The 40-year-old also played for Detroit, Orlando and Phoenix in his 19-season career. Tamia gave Hill a shout-out before singing the song "Still" saying, "We're celebrating almost 15 years of marriage." Her fifth album, "Beautiful Surprise," was nominated ...
  • Phish frontman says Tony nom impressed daughters
    Getty_112811_treyanastasio 2013-06-10 04:36:32 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — While Trey Anastasio is highly revered by a large, devout fan base, it takes a little more to impress his teenage daughters, more specifically, a Tony nomination. "They were completely unimpressed with the rock thing. Not impressed at all. This was huge for them," the 48-year-old Phish frontman said on the red carpet of the Tony Awards. Anastasio, and wife, Susan, say their daughters Eliza and Isabella are huge musical theater fans. Anastasio composed the music to the defunct Broadway musical, "Hands on a Hardbody." Though the show closed before the Tony nominations, it was honored with three nods, includi...
  • Pitt says Muse provides perfect soundtrack to film
    F245fc0f7c19a512330f6a70670012c9 2013-06-04 05:22:03 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Brad Pitt wants the music for "World War Z" to be much more than a footnote. Pitt says that while making the zombie flick, out on June 21, he wanted the film's soundtrack to have songs reminiscent of those made for "The Exorcist." Enter Muse, which recorded the instrumental track "Isolated System" for the movie. Pitt says the pairing of the British band with the film was "nice kismet." He says the band members were actually reading the "World War Z" book when they were recording their latest album, "The 2nd Law." Muse was at the London premiere of the film on Sunday, performing a special outdoor concert at...
  • Yothu Yindi frontman Mandawuy Yunupingu dies at 56
    6b84e8409700aa12330f6a7067005f8f 2013-06-03 05:02:40 UTC
    SYDNEY (AP) — Mandawuy Yunupingu, the former lead singer of Australian indigenous band Yothu Yindi and one of the country's most famous Aborigines, has died, Australia's prime minister said Monday. He was 56. Yunupingu, who gained worldwide fame in the 1980s and 1990s with his hits "Treaty" and "Tribal Voice," died Sunday night at his home in a tiny Outback Aboriginal settlement in the Northern Territory, Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon said. Officials haven't released a cause of death, but Yunupingu struggled for years with kidney disease. "We have lost a uniquely talented musician, a passionate advocate for Aborigin...
  • Wife: Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant
    Image-2 2013-06-01 17:09:26 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Rock icon Lou Reed is recovering after a life-saving liver transplant in the U.S., according to an interview with his wife published Saturday in a British newspaper. Laurie Anderson told the Times of London that Reed "was dying" before the operation several weeks ago at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic. She said 71-year-old Reed isn't back to full strength, but "he's already working and doing t'ai chi. "I don't think he'll every totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing (things) in a few months," she said. "I'm very happy. It's a new life for him." Anderson, a musician and performance artist, pra...
  • Bon Jovi drops concert fee for crisis-hit Spain
    A35648af1df95612330f6a7067000f01 2013-05-30 16:56:11 UTC
    MADRID (AP) — U.S. rock star Jon Bon Jovi and his band are waiving their performance fee for a concert in Madrid as a gesture to their Spanish fans hit hard by the country's severe economic crisis. El Mundo newspaper and other media outlets said Thursday that tickets for the band's concert cost between 18 euros ($23) and 39 euros, roughly half normal prices for such concerts. The paper's website quoted the singer as saying they initially planned not to play Spain as part of their tour to promote their latest album "What About Now", fearing poor demand from cash-strapped fans. But he told El Mundo, "I didn't want to let fans do...
  • McCartney leaves pick on 1st visit to Graceland
    3535d879c1c51011330f6a7067006c12 2013-05-28 04:40:41 UTC
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Paul McCartney made his first visit to the one-time home of the King of Rock 'N' Roll and left a gift behind. According to the official Twitter account of the former Beatle, McCartney dropped a personal guitar pick on Elvis Presley's grave and said it was "so Elvis can play in heaven." The lifelong Elvis fan toured Graceland, the Memphis mansion, on Sunday. He was in Memphis to play a show on the North American leg of his "Out There" tour. The show at FedExForum marked McCartney's first visit to the city in two decades. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
  • Daft Punk sets Spotify record with new album
    F37bf3e5c2651311330f6a706700a2ea 2013-05-28 04:39:27 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Daft Punk has set another record on Spotify. The music service said Monday that the electronic duo's new album, "Random Access Memories," had the biggest number of streams in its first week in the United States. Spotify wouldn't release the number of streams, but Daft Punk beat the 8 million streams Mumford & Sons set with "Babel" last year. "Random Access Memories" was released last week and is the fourth album from the Grammy-winning French group. Daft Punk also set a Spotify record last month when its song "Get Lucky" had the biggest streaming day for a single track in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Since it...
  • Russian choir of 4,335 performs in St. Petersburg
    Synogogue_in_st.-petersburg_5220183 2013-05-26 16:16:22 UTC
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — More than 4,000 Russian singers have performed outdoors in St. Petersburg with the aim of setting a world record for the largest choir. The 4,335 singers of all ages and from nearly all of the city's professional and amateur choirs sang from the steps of St. Isaac's Cathedral before thousands of spectators under an intermittent rain. The spectators, who closed their umbrellas with the start of Sunday's performance, sang along during the one-hour concert. The 14 songs performed included some of the most popular and patriotic songs of Russia and the Soviet Union, including a hymn celebrating th...
  • Kid Rock, Rolling Stones on scalping, summer tours
    Kid-rock 2013-05-25 05:48:54 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Kid Rock is a scalper. The 42-year-old Grammy winner, who is launching a summer tour where most tickets are priced at $20, said he's holding about 1,000 tickets from each show and reselling them on ticketsnow.com — owned by Ticketmaster — to make up for the cheaper regular price he's offering. "I'm in the scalping business, but you know what? We told everyone. A lot of artists have been doing this for years behind fans' backs, taking all these backdoor deals," he said. "We look at StubHub and other places and see what they're selling them for and we just undercut them." Kid Rock's "$20 Best Night Ever Tour"...
  • Stone Temple Pilots sue ex-frontman Scott Weiland
    7ae059b5669acf11320f6a706700f0b8 2013-05-25 05:47:35 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Stone Temple Pilots accuse former frontman Scott Weiland of misusing the band's name to further his solo career and want a judge to strip the rocker of his ability to use the group's name or songs. A lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles accuses Weiland of being chronically late to concerts while the group was together and having his lawyer attempt to interfere with the airplay of the group's new single "Out of Time." Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots parted ways in February, and the 45-year-old singer said at the time that he learned of his ouster from a statement released to the media. The lawsuit sheds ...