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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - Researchers have recovered and digitized what experts say is the oldest playable recording of an American voice and history's first-ever recorded musical performance. Also included: the first recorded blooper. The recording was done on a sheet of tinfoil on a phonograph invented by Thomas Edison and made in St. Louis in 1878. It opens with a short cornet solo and is followed by a man reciting nursery rhymes. Near the end of the 78-second recording, the man laughs after messing up one of the words to "Old Mother Hubbard." The tinfoil and the newly digitized recording was played publicly Thursday by a museum in Schenectady (skeh-NEHK'-tuh-dee), N.Y., where Edison founded the General Electric Co. Experts at California's Berkeley Lab recovered the recordings using technology developed for the project.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - "American Idol" finalist Skylar Laine will light the lights at Graceland. She will perform at the holiday lighting ceremony at Elvis Presley's house in Memphis on November 16. You can watch it live on Elvis.com.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 10:50

Beach Boys release concert DVD

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Beach Boys will release a DVD of their 50th anniversary concert tour. The DVD captures 21 songs from the band's tour earlier this year. "The Beach Boys: Live In Concert - 50th Anniversary Tour" comes out November 20.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It'll be a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll onstage at next month's American Music Awards. Organizers announced Wednesday that Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park will perform at the 40th annual ceremony on Nov. 18. All are also up for awards. Minaj is the night's leading nominee, along with Rihanna, with four bids each. Swift is nominated for favorite female country artist and Linkin Park is in the running for alternative artist. Fans can pick the winners by voting online. Christina Aguilera will also perform at the ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, where it will be broadcast live on ABC.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bobby Brown has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving for the second time this year. Los Angeles police spokeswoman Venus Hall says the singer's car was stopped in the Topanga area at around 1 a.m. Wednesday. Police say he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence at the Van Nuys jail but was later released. A representative for Brown could not immediately be contacted. The 43-year-old pleaded no contest to DUI earlier this year following a March arrest in Los Angeles. Under a plea agreement, Brown checked himself into a rehabilitation center in August. Brown's first album in 14 years came out this summer.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:49

Beyonce set for Super Bowl halftime

NEW YORK (AP) - All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers. That's because Beyonce is the halftime show performer. A source familiar with Super Bowl 47 tells The Associated Press that the Grammy-winning diva will take the stage at the halftime show on Feb. 3, 2013, at the Superdome in New Orleans. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because that person wasn't authorized to publicly reveal the information. The source said the official announcement is expected Wednesday. Beyonce sang the national anthem at the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston. Madonna performed at this year's Super Bowl with guests CeeLo Green, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and M.I.A. Pepsi is returning as the sponsor for the halftime show since doing so in 2007 when Prince performed.

Friday, 12 October 2012 15:36

Elvis' Beverly Hills estate up for sale

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The former Beverly Hills home of the late Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla is up for sale for a cool $12.9 million. Real estate website operator Trulia says the home hit the market Wednesday. Like Elvis' home in Memphis, known as Graceland, Elvis fans have for years flocked to visit the property. According to the listing, the four bedroom, five bathroom French Regency estate sits on a 1.18 acre promontory overlooking Los Angeles. According to Elvis Presley Enterprises, Presley first rented the house before the couple bought it in 1967. It was sold in 1973, the same year Elvis and Priscilla divorced. The estate was formerly available to lease for $25,000 a month.

LODI, N.Y. (AP) - Radio talk show host Glenn Beck's family had a close call when their sport utility vehicle rolled down a steep hill in New York's Finger Lakes region just after they had exited the SUV. In an account of the mishap posted on Beck's website, TheBlaze.com, he says he was hugging his newly married daughter as his wife got their young son out of the vehicle. They had just arrived at the cottage rented for the daughter's wedding reception last weekend in Lodi (LOH'-dye), on Seneca Lake. Beck says the SUV slid down the hill and overturned, coming to rest near the shoreline. Photos on the website show the SUV with broken windows and damage to its passenger side. The Seneca County Sheriff's Office says the accident wasn't reported to police in the county.

Thursday, 11 October 2012 16:34

Tom Hanks heading for Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Hanks will make his Broadway debut in the spring. He will play New York columnist Mike McAlary (MAK'-ah-layr-ee) in a production of "Lucky Guy." It's about McAlary's life. The play was written by Nora Ephron. Hanks starred in Ephron's films "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle." Previews of "Lucky Guy" begin March 1 and opening night is April 1.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Ryan Gosling, Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne have more in common than just being Canadian celebrities. They're related. Genealogists at Ancestry.com say they've discovered Gosling and Bieber are 11th cousins once removed, and Bieber and Lavigne are 12th cousins. Bieber and Celine Dion are also 10th cousins three times removed. 

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