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Entertainment News

Last Update on April 17, 2014 07:11 GMT

AMY POEHLER AND WILL ARNETT DIVORCING

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They've been separated for more than a year and a half. And now, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett will make their split a permanent one. Court records filed in Los Angeles show that Arnett has filed for his marriage to Poehler to be dissolved. Arnett filed a divorce petition on April 8, citing irreconcilable differences between the two comedians. He is seeking joint custody. The couple had been together for nine years -- and separated last September. Poehler stars in NBC's "Parks and Recreation" while Arnett stars in the CBS' series "The Millers."

ALICIA SILVERSTONE'S BOOK ON MOTHERING

NEW YORK (AP) -- She is a vegan who spent 10 days in bed, bonding with her baby -- and posted a video on YouTube showing her pre-chewing her food before feeding it to her baby. And if you want to know what other ideas Alicia Silverstone has for moms, she out with a book. She says the key to a happy baby is a happy mommy -- and she says "The Kind Mama" can help women have the same kind of "wonderful pregnancy" she has had. Silverstone says she has done research on raising babies -- wants to share what she has learned with others.

JENNY McCARTHY IS ENGAGED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some people go on daytime talk shows to plug a book, movie or TV show. Jenny McCarthy was on "The View" yesterday to plug the fact that she's getting hitched. She showed off her rock, the gift of Donnie Wahlberg. She says Wahlberg proposed to her last weekend -- and that her son Evan, even helped with the proposal. It's the second marriage for both.

"AMERICAN IDOL" MAKES A WORDSMITH OF J-LO

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene is so good on "American Idol" J-Lo had make up a word to describe her. J-Lo says she "Jena-fies" every song she does. The judges also had nothing by praise for Caleb Johnson, as the singers did selections picked by their competitors. But Harry Connick Junior says Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) needs to work on her rhythm. He says she should dance to some hip-hop in her hotel room. The judges weren't that into Sam Woolf, either. Connick says Sam is still a work in progress. Tonight, someone from the top seven will be sent home.

J-Lo says Caleb is a tough act for the other singers to follow. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Jessica Meuse (MYOOS), performing "Gunpowder and Lead"

Jessica Meuse performing "Gunpowder and Lead." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..004 (04/17/14)>> 00:08 "that will help"

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. says Jessica should try listening to some hip-hop in her hotel room to work on her rhythm. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene, performing "Creep"

Jena Irene performing "Creep." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..006 (04/17/14)>> 00:07 "was so beautiful (cheers)"

Jennifer Lopez

J-Lo says Jena puts her unique stamp on the songs she does. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

THE VIEW HOSTS TO GATHER TO BID BARBARA WALTRS FAREWELL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It has never happened before. But it will next month. On the May 15 episode of "The View" all eleven past and present co-hosts will show up at once to salute Barbara Walters as she retires from daily TV. Among those to appear are Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Joy Behar. They'll join current co-hosts Walters, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg. Walters is 84 -- and says she is ready to move on.

"SURVIVOR"-LJ VOTED OFF

UNDATED (AP) -- Tasha has brains and a good memory -- which served her well on last night's "Survivor." She was an original member of the Brains tribe when the season started. Last night's Immunity Challenge had the castaways testing their memories by matching color tiles in the order host Jeff Probst had held them up. Tasha wins and was safe in the Tribal Council vote. Not so for LJ, a former member of the Beauty tribe. He was aced out in a blindside, after Tony the cop said he was bringing his bag of tricks to the council vote. LJ says there's a difficult balance between being patient and being assertive -- and he got it wrong.

LJ says he didn't play it right heading into the Tribal Council vote. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of "Survivor: Cagayan" theme

Excerpt of "Survivor: Cagayan" theme. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

DeNIRO PRAISES NAS' DOCUMENTARY

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the biggest names in movies is giving props to one of the biggest names in hip-hip. Robert DeNiro introduced the documentary Nas did about the making of his 1994 debut album, "The Illmatic." DeNiro said the movie was more about doing a film -- but "about the making of an artist" in New York City. Nas joked that DeNiro plays him in all his movies.

"A HAUNTED HOUSE 2" - MARLON WAYANS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- At heart, Marlon Wayans is a 15-year-old boy. Wayans says he tries to be mature but when you're 15, you don't worry about bills and you laugh at everything. He says he wants audiences to see his films like they're 15 years old and seeing their first R-rated movie and just have fun. Wayans appears in "A Haunted House 2" and he offers proof that's he's maturing. He says there's only one flatulence scene in it. "A Haunted House 2" opens tomorrow.

Marlon Wayans says he works out to be better in his movies.

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Marlon Wayans, actor

Marlon Wayans says he'll never be known for high-brow comedy.

<<CUT ..016 (04/17/14)>> 00:15 "this is fun"

Marlon Wayans, actor

Marlon Wayans says he treats his approach to comedy like he's a teenager.

Country News

Last Update on April 17, 2014 07:11 GMT

AC/DC'S MALCOLM YOUNG TAKES LEAVE FROM BAND

NEW YORK (AP) -- AC/DC acknowledge guitarist Malcolm Young is sick but they are not breaking up. The band issued a statement saying Young, who is 61, will take a break from the band because of ill health. They did not go into specifics as to what his illness is. AC/DC plan to continue to make music. Frontman Brian Johnson told UK's Telegraph a band member had "a debilitating illness" but he didn't want to say anything more about it. Mark Gable of The Choirboys, who's friends with Young, tells Australian Broadcasting radio he doubts Young will ever record again.

B.B. KING ISSUES APOLOGY FOR ST. LOUIS SHOW

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- B.B. King admits he messed up with his show in St. Louis on April 4. King has issued an apology and is asking fans for their understanding. During the show, King missed his cues, wouldn't finish songs, told long-winded stories and led the crowd in a 15-minute sing-along of "You Are My Sunshine." King's publicist has issued a statement blaming the weird behavior on a 24-hour drive from Las Vegas to St. Louis, coupled with King missing his diabetes medicine that day.

MILEY CYRUS STILL RECOVERING FROM ALLERGY TO ANTIBIOTICS

NEW YORK (AP) -- A rep for Miley Cyrus says the singer is expected to appear at her next concert -- tomorrow night in Nashville, Tennessee. But first, she has to be released from the hospital -- where she is being treated for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. The illness caused Cyrus to miss last night's show in St. Louis. In a tweet, Cyrus says the hospital won't let her out. Also canceled was a show Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri -- and last week, she scrubbed a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina -- because of the flu.

VERUCA SALT REBAND

UNDATED (AP) -- Veruca Salt are reuniting. The four original members will tour beginning June 22 in Portland, Oregon. They will also release a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl with two new songs on one side and "Seether" on the other for Record Store Day on Saturday. The band say on their Web site there is much more to tell but "we're too busy relearning all our old songs and recording new ones." Singer Nina Gordon left the band in 1998 after a dispute with singer Louise Post. Post continued the band with different players until Veruca Salt eventually went on hiatus.

WILLIE NELSON WILL GET FIFTH-DEGREE BLACK BELT IN GONG KWON YU SUL

AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) -- Willie Nelson is about to turn 81, and he's about to get promoted in martial arts. Nelson will receive his fifth-degree black belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a Korean martial arts system, on April 28 in Austin, Texas. Nelson has practiced martial arts since he was a songwriter in Nashville. He often practices on his tour bus.

"AMERICAN IDOL" - CONTESTANTS' CHOICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There were some hits, some misses on "American Idol," as the contestants sang songs other contestants chose for them. The judges loved Caleb Johnson doing "Family Tree" but were lukewarm to Sam Woolf's version of "Sail Away." Harry Connick Junior told Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene she did major damage with her rendition of "Creep." He said CJ Harris had his best performance to date with "Gravity." Connick recommended Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) dance to funk or hip-hop to get her rhythm down. Jennifer Lopez told Dexter Roberts he needs to rattle the room and he didn't do that with "Muckalee Creek Water." Keith Urban congratulated Alex Preston for turning a cover song into an Alex song on "The A Team."

J-Lo says Caleb is a tough act for the other singers to follow. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..003 (04/17/14)>> 00:21 ""

Jessica Meuse (MYOOS), performing "Gunpowder and Lead"

Jessica Meuse performing "Gunpowder and Lead." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..004 (04/17/14)>> 00:08 "that will help"

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. says Jessica should try listening to some hip-hop in her hotel room to work on her rhythm. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..005 (04/17/14)>> 00:29 ""

Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene, performing "Creep"

Jena Irene performing "Creep." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..006 (04/17/14)>> 00:07 "was so beautiful (cheers)"

Jennifer Lopez

J-Lo says Jena puts her unique stamp on the songs she does. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

"AMERICAN IDOL" TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The "American Idol Live" tour is getting into place, even as the contestants continue to get eliminated. The top 10 will start a tour beginning June 24 in Binghamton, New York. A dollar from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance. The winner will be announced on the May 21 show.

JAY-Z WILL HOLD MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES AND PHILLY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jay-Z will bring his Made In America festival to Los Angeles as well as Philadelphia this year. The two-day concert will be held simultaneously in both cities Labor Day weekend. The lineups have yet to be announced. Jay-Z says the festival will celebrate all musical genres, because country and hip-hop all come from the blues. He says, "It's all music. We just use different instruments."

Jay-Z says his Made In America festival is about inclusion.

<<CUT ..019 (04/17/14)>> 00:18 "in Los Angeles"

Jay-Z, rapper

Jay-Z says his Made in America festival will be held in the heart of Los Angeles, as well as in Philadelphia. ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..020 (04/17/14)>> 00:08 "use different instruments"

Jay-Z, rapper

Jay-Z says the Made In America festival will celebrate all aspects of music.

NAS DOCUMENTARY FEATURED AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Robert De Niro says not only is the documentary about Nas the story about making an album -- but about "the making of an artist." The actor and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival introduced the film "Time Is Illmatic." It's the story behind the debut album Nas dropped in 1994. After the movie was shown, Nas performed with Alicia Keys and rapped a series of emotional rhymes, giving props to his family friends and fellow musicians -- many of whom he called by name. He says the message behind his film is a simple one: "Whoever you are, you can be anything."

JOHN MELLENCAMP BEEFS WITH GOP CANDIDATE'S USE OF HIS MUSIC

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It's happened again. Another rock star is taking issue with their music is being used by a political campaign. This time, it's John Mellencamp and the politician is conservative Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Walker has used the song "Small Town" on the campaign trail. Walker supports an anti-union stand for most public workers. But Mellencamp says he favors collective bargaining -- and the governor ought to know that. For his part, Walker says he's been a Mellencamp fan for years -- and will keep playing his songs. As Walker put it: You don't have to agree with his politics to like his music.

ASHANTI'S WEAKNESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In her new single, Ashanti boasts that she's still "got it" when it comes to having a slamming body. But how does she keep what she has? She says it's a combination of eating right and working out hard. The singer says she tries to avoid the usual culprits like fries and other deep-fried foods. And she tries to get in a workout at least twice a week. As for her one diet-buster, Ashanti says she's hooked on Sour Patch Kids. She says she tries her hardest to avoid them, but it's hard.

Ashanti says while she avoids most of the bad stuff, she has one major diet weakness.

<<CUT ..023 (04/17/14)>> 00:09 "of the week"

Ashanti

Ashanti says no matter what else is happening in life, it's important to mix in a workout or two each week.

NEIL YOUNG RAISES MONEY FOR PONOMUSIC

NEW YORK (AP) -- Neil Young has gotten the money to help get his digital music project off the ground. He has raised more than $6 million through a Kickstarter campaign for PonoMusic. The portable music player will be offered along with an online music store. Young's project promises it will have higher quality audio, compared with other digital tracks that feature compressed audio. The PonoMusic player will cost $399 when it's rolled out in October.

PAUL WELLER'S CHILDREN WIN PRIVACY SUIT OVER PAPARAZZI

LONDON (AP) -- Paul Weller's kids have come out the winners in a lawsuit over the paparazzi. Lawyers for Weller and his family sued Associated Newspapers over images taken of his daughter Dylan and his twin sons. The photos were taken while the former frontman for The Jam was on a family shopping trip in Santa Monica, California -- and they ended up being published on a newspaper Web site. The award to the children totals $17,000 The site, MailOnline, says it is deeply disturbed by the ruling -- and will appeal.

KIX RECORD FIRST NEW MUSIC IN NEARLY TWO DECADES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kix will release their first album of new music in 19 years. The as-yet-untitled album will come out July 22. The band will kick off a tour on April 25 in Columbia, Maryland. Frontman Steve Whiteman says Kix will "be coming to a dump near you very soon!"

Rewind Time

April 17, 2014 07:11 GMT

Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On April 17, 1964, Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world, returning to Columbus, Ohio, after 29 1/2 days and 21 stopovers in her Cessna 180. Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World's Fair, five days before the fair's official opening. The first game was played at New York's Shea Stadium; the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Mets, 4-3.

On this date:

In 1492, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.

In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms (vohrms) to face charges stemming from his religious writings. (He was later declared an outlaw by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.)

In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.

In 1924, the motion picture studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was founded, the result of a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Co.

In 1937, the animated cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. cartoon "Porky's Duck Hunt," directed by Tex Avery.

In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany during World War II.

In 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the incursion by the third day.

In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The First Secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party, Alexander Dubcek (DOOB'-chek), was deposed.

In 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft while en route to the moon.

In 1984, an 11-day police siege began at Libya's embassy in London when an unidentified shooter inside the building fired on a crowd of protesters, killing police officer Yvonne Fletcher. (The Libyans in the embassy were eventually allowed to leave the country as Britain and Libya severed relations.)

In 1986, at London's Heathrow Airport, a bomb was discovered in the bag of a pregnant Irishwoman about to board an El Al jetliner to Israel; she'd been tricked into carrying the bomb by her Jordanian fiance.

In 1993, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King; two other officers were acquitted. Turkish President Turgut Ozal died at age 66.

Ten years ago: Searchers found the body of missing North Dakota college student Dru Sjodin (droo shoh-DEEN'). (Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. is under federal sentence of death for kidnapping and killing Sjodin.) Israel assassinated Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi (AHB'-duhl ah-ZEEZ' rahn-TEE'-see) with a missile strike on his car.

Five years ago: A day after U.N. inspectors left North Korea, U.S. experts monitoring the communist country's nuclear program also departed after Pyongyang expelled them and threatened to restart its reactor in anger over U.N. criticism of its recent rocket launch. Richard Phillips, the cargo ship captain rescued by Navy snipers from the clutches of Somali pirates, made a triumphant return to his home state of Vermont, insisting, "I'm not a hero, the military is."

One year ago: Fifteen people were killed by a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Sports returned to Boston two days after the deadly Marathon bombing as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Bruins in a 3-2 shootout (players on both teams wore "Boston Strong" decals on their helmets). Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., who'd helped write President Barack Obama's health care law, stunned administration officials during a budget hearing by saying he thought it was headed for a "train wreck" because of bumbling implementation. A Mississippi man was arrested, accused of sending letters to President Barack Obama and a senator that tested positive for poisonous ricin (however, charges against Paul Kevin Curtis were later dropped and leveled against James Everett Dutschke (DUHS'-kee) instead; prosecutors said Dutschke, who ended up pleading guilty to sending the letters, had tried to frame Curtis).

Today's Birthdays: Actor David Bradley is 72. Composer-musician Jan Hammer (yahn HAH'-mur) is 66. Actress Olivia Hussey is 63. Actor Clarke Peters is 62. Rock singer-musician Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) is 59. Actor Sean Bean is 55. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason is 53. Actor Joel Murray is 52. Rock singer Maynard James Keenan is 50. Actress Lela Rochon (LEE'-lah rohn-SHAHN') is 50. Actor William Mapother is 49. Actress Leslie Bega is 47. Actor Henry Ian Cusick is 47. Actress Kimberly Elise is 47. Singer Liz Phair is 47. Rapper-actor Redman is 44. Actress Jennifer Garner is 42. Country musician Craig Anderson (Heartland) is 41. Singer Victoria Adams Beckham is 40. Actress-singer Lindsay Korman is 36. Actress Rooney Mara is 29. Actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is 27. Actor Paulie Litt is 19. Actress Dee Dee Davis is 18.

Thought for Today: "Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship." -- Benjamin Franklin (born 1706, died this date in 1790).

Rock News

Last Update on April 17, 2014 07:11 GMT

AC/DC'S MALCOLM YOUNG TAKES LEAVE FROM BAND

NEW YORK (AP) -- AC/DC acknowledge guitarist Malcolm Young is sick but they are not breaking up. The band issued a statement saying Young, who is 61, will take a break from the band because of ill health. They did not go into specifics as to what his illness is. AC/DC plan to continue to make music. Frontman Brian Johnson told UK's Telegraph a band member had "a debilitating illness" but he didn't want to say anything more about it. Mark Gable of The Choirboys, who's friends with Young, tells Australian Broadcasting radio he doubts Young will ever record again.

B.B. KING ISSUES APOLOGY FOR ST. LOUIS SHOW

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- B.B. King admits he messed up with his show in St. Louis on April 4. King has issued an apology and is asking fans for their understanding. During the show, King missed his cues, wouldn't finish songs, told long-winded stories and led the crowd in a 15-minute sing-along of "You Are My Sunshine." King's publicist has issued a statement blaming the weird behavior on a 24-hour drive from Las Vegas to St. Louis, coupled with King missing his diabetes medicine that day.

MILEY CYRUS STILL RECOVERING FROM ALLERGY TO ANTIBIOTICS

NEW YORK (AP) -- A rep for Miley Cyrus says the singer is expected to appear at her next concert -- tomorrow night in Nashville, Tennessee. But first, she has to be released from the hospital -- where she is being treated for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. The illness caused Cyrus to miss last night's show in St. Louis. In a tweet, Cyrus says the hospital won't let her out. Also canceled was a show Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri -- and last week, she scrubbed a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina -- because of the flu.

VERUCA SALT REBAND

UNDATED (AP) -- Veruca Salt are reuniting. The four original members will tour beginning June 22 in Portland, Oregon. They will also release a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl with two new songs on one side and "Seether" on the other for Record Store Day on Saturday. The band say on their Web site there is much more to tell but "we're too busy relearning all our old songs and recording new ones." Singer Nina Gordon left the band in 1998 after a dispute with singer Louise Post. Post continued the band with different players until Veruca Salt eventually went on hiatus.

WILLIE NELSON WILL GET FIFTH-DEGREE BLACK BELT IN GONG KWON YU SUL

AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) -- Willie Nelson is about to turn 81, and he's about to get promoted in martial arts. Nelson will receive his fifth-degree black belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a Korean martial arts system, on April 28 in Austin, Texas. Nelson has practiced martial arts since he was a songwriter in Nashville. He often practices on his tour bus.

"AMERICAN IDOL" - CONTESTANTS' CHOICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There were some hits, some misses on "American Idol," as the contestants sang songs other contestants chose for them. The judges loved Caleb Johnson doing "Family Tree" but were lukewarm to Sam Woolf's version of "Sail Away." Harry Connick Junior told Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene she did major damage with her rendition of "Creep." He said CJ Harris had his best performance to date with "Gravity." Connick recommended Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) dance to funk or hip-hop to get her rhythm down. Jennifer Lopez told Dexter Roberts he needs to rattle the room and he didn't do that with "Muckalee Creek Water." Keith Urban congratulated Alex Preston for turning a cover song into an Alex song on "The A Team."

J-Lo says Caleb is a tough act for the other singers to follow. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..003 (04/17/14)>> 00:21 ""

Jessica Meuse (MYOOS), performing "Gunpowder and Lead"

Jessica Meuse performing "Gunpowder and Lead." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..004 (04/17/14)>> 00:08 "that will help"

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. says Jessica should try listening to some hip-hop in her hotel room to work on her rhythm. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..005 (04/17/14)>> 00:29 ""

Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene, performing "Creep"

Jena Irene performing "Creep." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..006 (04/17/14)>> 00:07 "was so beautiful (cheers)"

Jennifer Lopez

J-Lo says Jena puts her unique stamp on the songs she does. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

"AMERICAN IDOL" TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The "American Idol Live" tour is getting into place, even as the contestants continue to get eliminated. The top 10 will start a tour beginning June 24 in Binghamton, New York. A dollar from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance. The winner will be announced on the May 21 show.

JAY-Z WILL HOLD MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES AND PHILLY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jay-Z will bring his Made In America festival to Los Angeles as well as Philadelphia this year. The two-day concert will be held simultaneously in both cities Labor Day weekend. The lineups have yet to be announced. Jay-Z says the festival will celebrate all musical genres, because country and hip-hop all come from the blues. He says, "It's all music. We just use different instruments."

Jay-Z says his Made In America festival is about inclusion.

<<CUT ..019 (04/17/14)>> 00:18 "in Los Angeles"

Jay-Z, rapper

Jay-Z says his Made in America festival will be held in the heart of Los Angeles, as well as in Philadelphia. ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..020 (04/17/14)>> 00:08 "use different instruments"

Jay-Z, rapper

Jay-Z says the Made In America festival will celebrate all aspects of music.

NAS DOCUMENTARY FEATURED AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Robert De Niro says not only is the documentary about Nas the story about making an album -- but about "the making of an artist." The actor and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival introduced the film "Time Is Illmatic." It's the story behind the debut album Nas dropped in 1994. After the movie was shown, Nas performed with Alicia Keys and rapped a series of emotional rhymes, giving props to his family friends and fellow musicians -- many of whom he called by name. He says the message behind his film is a simple one: "Whoever you are, you can be anything."

JOHN MELLENCAMP BEEFS WITH GOP CANDIDATE'S USE OF HIS MUSIC

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It's happened again. Another rock star is taking issue with their music is being used by a political campaign. This time, it's John Mellencamp and the politician is conservative Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Walker has used the song "Small Town" on the campaign trail. Walker supports an anti-union stand for most public workers. But Mellencamp says he favors collective bargaining -- and the governor ought to know that. For his part, Walker says he's been a Mellencamp fan for years -- and will keep playing his songs. As Walker put it: You don't have to agree with his politics to like his music.

ASHANTI'S WEAKNESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In her new single, Ashanti boasts that she's still "got it" when it comes to having a slamming body. But how does she keep what she has? She says it's a combination of eating right and working out hard. The singer says she tries to avoid the usual culprits like fries and other deep-fried foods. And she tries to get in a workout at least twice a week. As for her one diet-buster, Ashanti says she's hooked on Sour Patch Kids. She says she tries her hardest to avoid them, but it's hard.

Ashanti says while she avoids most of the bad stuff, she has one major diet weakness.

<<CUT ..023 (04/17/14)>> 00:09 "of the week"

Ashanti

Ashanti says no matter what else is happening in life, it's important to mix in a workout or two each week.

NEIL YOUNG RAISES MONEY FOR PONOMUSIC

NEW YORK (AP) -- Neil Young has gotten the money to help get his digital music project off the ground. He has raised more than $6 million through a Kickstarter campaign for PonoMusic. The portable music player will be offered along with an online music store. Young's project promises it will have higher quality audio, compared with other digital tracks that feature compressed audio. The PonoMusic player will cost $399 when it's rolled out in October.

PAUL WELLER'S CHILDREN WIN PRIVACY SUIT OVER PAPARAZZI

LONDON (AP) -- Paul Weller's kids have come out the winners in a lawsuit over the paparazzi. Lawyers for Weller and his family sued Associated Newspapers over images taken of his daughter Dylan and his twin sons. The photos were taken while the former frontman for The Jam was on a family shopping trip in Santa Monica, California -- and they ended up being published on a newspaper Web site. The award to the children totals $17,000 The site, MailOnline, says it is deeply disturbed by the ruling -- and will appeal.

KIX RECORD FIRST NEW MUSIC IN NEARLY TWO DECADES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kix will release their first album of new music in 19 years. The as-yet-untitled album will come out July 22. The band will kick off a tour on April 25 in Columbia, Maryland. Frontman Steve Whiteman says Kix will "be coming to a dump near you very soon!"

Urban News

Last Update on November 16, 2012 08:15 GMT

KATT WILLIAMS: COMEDIAN ARRESTED

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- He is to perform tonight in Oakland, California. But it's an incident that took place Wednesday that has Katt Williams in the news today. He's has been arrested after a man told Oakland police Williams whacked him upside the head with a bottle. Authorities say the comedian was taken into custody on suspicion of assault -- but later released after he and several witnesses were questioned. The victim says he was attacked aboard a tour bus that was parked outside a downtown hotel. The man was treated at a hospital for a cut to his head. Williams is 41 and is known for his HBO comedy special and movie roles including "Friday After Next" and "Norbit.."

PARTIAL LINEUP FOR SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sandy was a super storm. And some musical superstars are teaming up to help fight back against it. Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and others will be among those who will perform at New York's Madison Square Garden for next month's benefit concert. The arena says Billy Joel and The Who will also take part in the event, called "12-12-12." Other performers will be added to the list. The show -- set for December 12 -- will benefit a fund that helps those affected by Sandy, which pounded the New York City and New Jersey areas.

Online:

Madison Square Garden site: http://www.thegarden.com

RIHANNA: CONCERT SERIES STARTS WITH PARTY

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Usually showing up late for a date will get you a less-than-warm reception. But Rihanna got cheers -- even though she was two hours behind schedule for her performance in Mexico City the other night. She started what's known as her "777" tour with an exclusive party for about 2,000 fans. She thanked fans for their patience, saying their hanging in there until she showed up Wednesday night really made her "feel loved." The concert swing will see Rihanna perform seven shows in seven days in seven different cities. Stops on the tour include Toronto, Paris, Berlin and London before ending up in New York City.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicki Minaj has already won a lot of awards during her career. But she says her career isn't about collecting hardware to put in her trophy case. She says the biggest draw for her being awards shows is performing before a live audience at the venue and on TV. She says that's what she will be looking forward to at the American Music Awards on Sunday. She says she has been at awards shows where she totally forgot she was up for a nomination -- until her name was read off as a winner. The way she sees it, if she keeps making good music, the awards will take care of herself. If you should happen to run into Nicki between now and Sunday, you can remind her she's up for four nominations at the AMAs.

Nicki Minaj says she's more excited about performing at award shows than she is at winning trophies.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj says she doesn't do music for awards, but figures if she's good enough during her career she'll get her share.

RIHANNA/NICKI MINAJ: LEAD GOING INTO SUNDAY'S AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead the way when it comes to nominations at Sunday's American Music Awards. Each singer has four nods going into the event. Other multiple nominees include two guys who have been reportedly fighting for Rihanna's attention lately -- Drake has three while Chris Brown has two nods. Other multiple nominees include Justin Bieber, Usher, Pitbull, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC.

Here's Rihanna performing "We Found Love."

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Nicki Minaj

Here's Nicki Minaj performing "Starships."

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: NOMINEES LIST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here is the full list of nominees for Sunday's American Music Awards. The event will aired live on ABC from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

-- Artist of the year: Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- New artist of the year: J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction.

-- Male artist, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher.

-- Female artist, pop/rock: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- Band, duo or group, pop/rock: fun., Maroon 5, One Direction, The Wanted.

-- Album, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, "Believe"; Maroon 5, "Overexposed"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"; One Direction, "Up All Night."

-- Male artist, country: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church.

-- Female artist, country: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

-- Band, duo or group, country: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts.

-- Album, country: Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"; Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"; Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away."

-- Artist, rap/hip-hop: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga.

-- Album, rap/hip-hop: J. Cole, "Cole World: The Sideline Story"; Drake, "Take Care"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."

-- Male artist, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Usher.

-- Female artist, soul/R&B: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige,,Rihanna.

-- Album, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, "Fortune"; Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"; Usher, "Looking 4 Myself."

-- Artist, alternative rock: The Black Keys, Gotye, Linkin Park.

-- Artist, adult contemporary: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Train.

-- Artist, Latin: Don Omar, Pitbull, Shakira.

-- Artist, contemporary inspirational: Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, tobyMac.

-- Artist, electronic dance music: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex.

THE SUPREMES: FORMER HOUSING PROJECT IN DETROIT TO BE RAZED

DETROIT (AP) -- They most recently were known as the Frederick Douglass Homes in Detroit. But back in the day they were known as the Brewster projects. And that was the place where Diana Ross and the Supremes grew up. Now, the housing project is about to become another memory. Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the demolition of the massive high rise apartment buildings could start early next year. The city has no set plans for redevelopment of the complex where Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson lived before signing with Berry Gordy's Motown Records in the early 1960s. Bing says he knows the former Brewster projects have "a lot of history" -- but has since "become an eyesore."

WILL SMITH/USHER: AMONG NOMINEES FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- The People's Choice Award nominations are out. And Usher and Will Smith are among the nominees. Usher is up for best R&B act while Smith is among the male actors up for honors. Other nominees include Nicki Minaj, Drake, Pitbull and Jay-Z. Fans vote for the winners -- and you can vote on any of the 48 categories through December 13. Winners will be announced at a ceremony set for January 9, 2013 -- and broadcast on CBS.

Online:

People's Choice Awards site: http://www.peopleschoice.com

Sound of Adam Levine and Maroon 5 performing "One More Night," nominated for Favorite Song.

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Sound of Justin Bieber

Sound of Justin Bieber singing "Boyfriend," from Favorite Album nominee "Believe."

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Sound of Taylor Swift

Sound of Taylor Swift singing "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together," up for Favorite Song.

THE X FACTOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rappers Lyric 145 were the first to go on last night's "X Factor." Lyric Da Queen says they didn't get an opportunity to do what they do best -- including rap. But she says you have to take the good with the bad. Later in the show, Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia had a sing-off. Simon Cowell cast the deciding vote, sending Jennel home. Thirteen-year-old Diamond White is still in the running. And the top three on the leaderboard remain unchanged: Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Vino Alan (ah-LAHN').

Lyric Da Queen says they had a lot more to show the world. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell casts the deciding vote, after the sing-off between Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Tate Stevens, contestant

Tate Stevens thanks his fans for keeping him in the top spot. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

GABBY DOUGLAS: MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Fierce Five and other members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team got a personal audience with President Barack Obama. The gymnasts met with the president in the Oval Office before huddling together in the chill outside to watch his helicopter lift off. Obama was headed to New York to tour storm damage. The gymnasts, including Gabby Douglas -- won gold at the summer Olympics. They signed leotards to give to the president's daughters, Sasha and Malia.

CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW: FORMER NBA STAR ARRESTED IN DISTURBANCE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody after what appears to be a case of domestic violence. She is accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows. Police in Atlanta says the incident happened after Holdsclaw followed Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. Lacy identifies Holdsclaw as an ex-girlfriend. The two were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009. Holdsclaw was in custody last night under $10,000 bond on charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.

LUTHER VANDROSS: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Luther Vandross won two American Music Awards. He won for favorite soul/R&B male artist and soul/R&B album for "Dance With My Father." The album came out about a month after Vandross suffered a massive stroke. His mom accepted for the singer and apologized that her son couldn't be there in person. Vandross died earlier this year from complications from the stroke. Other winners included Aaliyah and 50 Cent.

MISSY ELLIOTT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Missy Elliott won an American Music Award but lost her ride to the show. She won for favorite rap/hip-hop female artist but wasn't there to pick it up. She showed up later and told the audience her limo was stolen from her hotel and she had to get to the show on her own. She went on to tell the audience she needed to bum a ride back to her hotel.

MICHAEL JACKSON: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1989, Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show." The singer popped on stage to present an MTV viewers' poll award to comedian and actor Eddie Murphy. Murphy reciprocated by presenting Jackson with the video award from the same poll.

O.V. WRIGHT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1980, R&B singer O.V. Wright died in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 41. He had many hits for the Back Beat label in the 1960's and 70's, the biggest of which was "Ace of Spades."

LISA BONET/LENNY KRAVITZ: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1987, actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') and musician Lenny Kravitz got married. They separated in 1990 and divorced in 1993.

LISA BONET: BIRTHDAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') has a birthday today. She's 45. She first rose to fame as one of the Cosby kids on "The Cosby Show." In the show, she left home to go off to college and ended up on a spinoff show, "A Different World," which she left after just a year. She also starred in the 1987 movie "Angel Heart."

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