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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:36

Shania Twain headed for Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two trained horses, a live band - and Shania Twain wearing sparkling body suits. If you think that sounds like something you'd see in Las Vegas, you're right. Twain is headlining a series of shows this fall at Caesars Palace. And she is also doing a dozen shows starting next week. Twain says after nearly a decade away from the business amid personal issues, Twain says she "couldn't be any happier" with the situation. Since releasing the smash 1997 album "Come on Over," Twain has endured a public breakup and has since remarried. She says playing Vegas "is a dream performance scenario" that lets her be on stage - and have time to be a good parent.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Three of country music's newest stars will be the center of attention at the CMT Music Awards this year. Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert are all up for video of the year - the top prize at the awards. Each has 10 nominations overall. Others multiple nominees Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts. Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood each have two nods. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Nashville on June 5. It will air on CMT. Fan voting will continue until three days before the show.

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:35

Pink is sick; fans are angry

UNDATED (AP) - Pink is defending herself against angry fans. Her crime: she got sick. Pink canceled her show in Birmingham, England, which was already a makeup show because she had been sick before. Pink writes on her Web site she's got an ear infection and chest infection, and doctors forbid her from going on stage. Pink says she drove past the venue to see people in line and all she could do is cry. She says she's getting hate mail but she stands by her track record for not canceling shows. She points out she's a human being and is therefore able to catch illness and she apologizes.

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:35

Lauryn Hill is headed for prison

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) - You know her as a Grammy-winning singer. But Lauryn Hill compares her time in the music industry to being a slave - during which time she had "an economic system imposed" on her. That view will cause her to literally lose her freedom for a while. She will have to serve three months in prison because she failed to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade. Hill was sentenced at a court in Newark, New Jersey yesterday - her punishment for a guilty plea to charges of failing to pay taxes on nearly $2 million earned between 2005 and 2007. The sentence also takes into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought the total earnings to about $2.3 million. Hill paid more than $900,000 in taxes in the past several days - but the Feds say she still owes interest and penalties. Hill is to report to prison by July 8. It's unclear where she will serve her sentence.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie will guest-host the "Today" show later this month. NBC announced Tuesday that Christie will be a co-host for an hour of the May 24 show, which will broadcast from the Jersey shore as part of its "Great American Adventure" road trip. A location for the appearance hasn't been finalized. The road trip segment involves the show's anchors traveling together to five U.S. destinations in a single week. Christie has stressed the Jersey shore's importance as a tourist destination in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Christie joins Sarah Palin and Laura Bush as other political figures who have co-hosted an hour of the morning show. The Republican governor is running for a second term. A spokesman confirmed Tuesday Christie had undergone weight loss surgery in February.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Usher thinks his dancing skills will help him play Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming movie "Hands of Stone." Usher says Leonard was "an incredible motion guy, the way he moved around the ring." He says his dancing will make it easier for him to pick up his moves. Usher has been training to play Leonard for more than a year. He says he needs to lose nearly 25 pounds before shooting begins in October. The movie is the story of Roberto Duran, who was known as Hands of Stone. Leonard was unbeaten before Duran beat him for the WBC welterweight title. Duran lost the rematch several months later in the fight where he said "no mas" when he couldn't continue.

NEW YORK (AP) - Trekkies can get another sneak peak at "Star Trek Into Darkness" this Wednesday on MTV and MTV.com. The exclusive clip will air just before 8:00, eastern time. J.J. Abrams, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch will introduce the clip.

Monday, 06 May 2013 11:51

Dancing with the Stars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The six remaining couples will do two routines on "Dancing With the Stars" tonight. They'll start with a traditional ballroom dance they haven't done before. Then, each couple will dance with one of the eliminated pros or a troupe member. Viewers will be asked to vote on Twitter for a new dance style for each couple to perform next week. They can choose from Afro-Jazz, Disco, Flamenco, Hip-hop, Lindyhop or Charleston. Tomorrow night, Jason DeRulo will perform.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alicia Keys and Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina will perform on the "American Idol" results show on Thursday. Keys will sing "Tears Always Win," and Alaina will sing "Barefoot and Buckwild." The top three contestants -- Kree Harrison, Candice Glover and Angie Miller -- will perform three songs each on Wednesday's show. One is a song chosen by the judges, one is a song they choose themselves and one is chosen by mentor Jimmy Iovine.

BOSTON (AP) - Aerosmith, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett are among those who are to perform at a benefit concert for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The show is set for May 30 at TD Garden. Other acts on the bill include Jason Aldean, Carole King, Extreme and Boston.

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