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Tuesday
Oct192010

Usher, Alicia Keys Lead Soul Train Awards Noms 

Photo Courtesy - LaFace Records LLC(NEW YORK) -- Usher and new mommy Alicia Keys are the leading nominees for this year's Soul Train Awards, which will tape Nov. 10 in Atlanta and air Nov. 28 on BET.

Both Usher and Alicia received four nods, including Song of the Year and Album of the Year.  Drake got three nods, and Ne-Yo, B.o.B., Nicki Minaj, and Fantasia each got two.

Performers on the awards show will include Ne-Yo and Cee-Lo, while Anita Baker will receive a Legend Award.

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Tuesday
Oct192010

Good Charlotte Announces New Release Date for Album

Photo Courtesy - Emi Japan/Zoom(NEW YORK) -- Originally scheduled for an Oct. 26 release, Good Charlotte's new CD Cardiology will now arrive Nov. 2.  The disc, the band's fifth, arrives almost exactly ten years after their debut album.

To mark the album's release, Good Charlotte will be on several TV programs, including Jimmy Kimmel Live on Nov. 1,  Chelsea Lately on the 2nd and Lopez Tonight on the 5th.  The band will also give a free show at Universal CityWalk Hollywood the night of Nov. 4.

In a statement, the band's Joel Madden said, "Obviously, we're all in different places in our lives, but we're giving our fans the same honesty we always have.  I get the same feeling of excitement listening to this record that I did when we first started making music."

His twin brother and bandmate, Benji Madden, added, "One of the things I'm proudest of about this band is that we don't have two records that sound alike. I think that's helped keep us around."

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Tuesday
Oct192010

Flo Rida Breaks Up CD Set; Releasing Two Albums Instead

Photo Courtesy - Atlantic Records(NEW YORK) -- Flo Rida initially planned to release a two-CD set this year, with one disc focusing on his melodic style and the other showing off his rap skills, but now that double album has been broken into two parts.

Billboard reports the first CD, called Only 1 Flo (Pt. 1), will arrive in stores Nov. 30.  That album will focus on the melodic style.  In the spring, fans can get Only 1 Rida (Pt. 2), which will show off his rhyming skills.

Only 1 Flo (Pt. 1) includes the current hit "Club Can't Handle Me," as well as the brand-new single "Turn Around (5,4,3,2,1)," which is now available on the rapper's Facebook page.

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Monday
Oct182010

Celine Dion Hospitalized Ahead of Childbirth

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Celine Dion has checked into a hospital on the advice of her doctors to prepare for the birth of her twin boys.

According to People magazine, the hospital issued a statement Monday saying that Dion was admitted to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, for observation.

The statement said Dion was admitted "to prevent the early delivery of her babies...Celine and [husband] Rene have placed the health of their babies at their highest priority."

A representative for the couple last week denied reports that Dion had scheduled a cesarean section for October 22.

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Monday
Oct182010

'The View:' Bill O'Reilly Was 'Condescending,' 'Disrespectful'

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Barwall Productions(NEW YORK) -- Three days after their blowup with Bill O'Reilly, the women of The View reflected on the incident with cooler heads and calmer voices, but made it clear they still aren't fans of the Fox News host.

Monday's edition of the ABC daytime talk show began with a re-hashing of what happened Thursday when O'Reilly declared that "Muslims killed us on 9/11," prompting co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off the set.

"He started with me as soon as he sat down," Goldberg said. "You can't throw stuff around like that, in my opinion. I'm glad that I left. I'm glad I left because I had reached my threshold."

View creator Barbara Walters said that a walk-out was probably what O'Reilly wanted.

"He loves this, this is just what he wants," she said of the controversy.

Goldberg did offer that O'Reilly's emotions may have gotten the better of him. "I suspect that maybe he said something that he actually didn't mean," she said.

O'Reilly defended his views last week on his prime-time Fox News show.

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Monday
Oct182010

Bret Michaels' New Reality Show Premieres Monday Night

Photo Courtesy - Michaels Entertainment Group Inc(NEW YORK) -- Bret Michaels, who previously starred in Rock of Love for VH1, returns to the channel Monday at 10:00 p.m. ET with Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.

Filming on the series was already underway when Michaels was hospitalized in April with a brain hemorrhage, and then learned he had a hole in his heart which would require further surgery.  Viewers will see all that in the new show, as well as the singer's rock star lifestyle, his life as a father to his daughters Rain and Jorja, and his complicated relationship with their mother, Kristi.

According to the show's trailer, viewers will also see Michaels struggling to decide whether or not he should finally propose to Kristi, who he's been dating on and off for 16 years.

Talking about what fans can expect from the show, Michaels tells ABC News Radio, "It shows everything that goes on with my life.  And they follow me in this journey...with my daughters [and] my family."  He adds, "I think people will really get to see the inside -- how hard you gotta work to be out there, to do what you love to do."

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Monday
Oct182010

Mom Sues Tyra Banks and Show

Photo Courtesy - Jason Merritt/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Beverly McClendon is suing Tyra Banks and the producers of The Tyra Banks Show because McClendon's 15-year-old daughter appeared on a 2009 episode of the program that featured teen sex addicts.

McClendon says she didn't give consent for the underage girl to appear on camera and didn't realize she filmed the installment until it aired.  She says she filed a missing persons report when she couldn't find her teen, only to find out later that the producers flew the girl to New York City and put her up in a hotel so she could appear on the show.

McClendon is asking for $3 million, and for Warner Bros. Entertainment to block rebroadcasts of the show, which she claims put her daughter on camera for the viewing pleasure of, "sexual deviants, perverts and pedophiles," according to the suit and WSBTV.com.

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Monday
Oct182010

Police Investigating Incident Involving Justin Bieber

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(TORONTO) -- Justin Bieber played a round of laser tag last Friday in Canada that got so out of hand, it’s now the subject of a police investigation.

According to the Vancouver Sun, Bieber has been accused of injuring a 12-year-old boy at a laser tag facility in Richmond, British Columbia.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says the boy suffered an injury that did not require medical care.

The Canadian celebrity website ZackTaylor.ca reports that Bieber, 16, was playing laser tag and attempting to avoid a shot when he accidentally bumped into the child.  Bieber’s rep denied the report to TMZ.com.

According to TMZ’s account of what happened, the child repeatedly shot at Bieber during the game, and when the singer told him to back off, the kid called him an anti-gay slur.  Canadian police say an “active investigation” is still ongoing.

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Monday
Oct182010

Alicia Keys Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music Entertainment/J Records(NEW YORK) -- Multiple media sources are reporting that Alicia Keys, 29, gave birth late Thursday night to a baby boy with husband Swizz Beatz, 31.  The child, named Egypt Dean, was born at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York.

Apparently in response to the birth, Beatz tweeted, "I'm so thankful for everything I been blessed with in my life wowwwwww!"

Alicia tweeted over the weekend, “There is no word to properly describe LOVE, to describe BLISS, to express a FEELING like this!!! Thank U 4 your love, support & prayers! ;-)”

Keys and Beatz were married last August.

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Monday
Oct182010

'Jackass 3D' Breaks Record in Debut Weekend

Photo Courtesy - Paramount Pictures/MTV Films(NEW YORK) -- The Jackass crew had a record-setting debut at the box office over the weekend.  Jackass 3D earned an estimated $50 million to set a record for an October debut, snapping the old mark of $48.1 million set by Scary Movie 3 in 2003.  Jackass 3D sold fewer tickets than Scary Movie 3 did when the horror spoof was released, but Johnny Knoxville's film benefited from the higher ticket prices that exist today, especially for 3D movies.

The all-star action flick Red premiered in second place, drawing $22.5 million.  The Social Network, which had been the top movie the previous two weekends, fell to third place, with $11 million.  The Clint Eastwood drama Hereafter fared well in limited release, raising $231,000 in just six theaters.  Hereafter expands into a wide release this Friday.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Monday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Jackass 3D, $50 million.
2. Red, $22.5 million.
3. The Social Network, $11 million.
4. Secretariat, $9.5 million.
5. Life as We Know It, $9.2 million.
6. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, $4.2 million.
7. The Town, $4 million.
8. My Soul to Take, $3.2 million.
9. Easy A, $2.7 million.
10. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, $2.4 million.

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