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Friday, 07 June 2013 15:20

Justin Bieber gets diamond certified

WASHINGTON (AP) - Justin Bieber has gone diamond. The Recording Industry Association of America says his single "Baby" is now platinum 12 times over - making it the highest song certification ever. It takes at least 10 million sales to qualify for diamond status. Others reaching the threshold include Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie." Expect more stars to reach the diamond level soon. Last month, the RIAA began including on-demand streams to its tally. Last month alone, a record 153 digital singles went gold or platinum.

Friday, 07 June 2013 15:19

Brian Wilson plans solo record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brian Wilson says last year's Beach Boys reunion tour put so much music in his head, he couldn't wait to get into a studio. Wilson is working on a solo album with fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks as guest musicians. Jeff Beck and Don Was will also play on the album. It does not yet have a release date.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge says he's leaning toward unsealing parts of a choreographer's court filings alleging he was sexually abused by Michael Jackson. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff says he needs to consider which records could be released and which should stay private before dealing with the claims made by Wade Robson. Robson asked last month to file a late creditor's claim against Jackson's estate over the abuse allegations. The filing comes nearly eight years to the day after Robson testified under oath for the singer at Jackson's 2005 sexual abuse trial. At the time Robson said Jackson never touched him in an inappropriate way. But now he says after suffering a mental breakdown last year, he is ready to come forward with his claim that Jackson did abuse him. Jackson's estate and defense attorney are dismissive of the claim, saying Robson has credibility issues - and that the suit is an attempt at a money grab.

Friday, 07 June 2013 15:01

Esther Williams dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Esther Williams was a championship swimmer and working in a clothing store when she was discovered. She went on to be the star of movies that always involved swimming of some kind. When Martin Short and Harry Shearer spoofed synchronized swimming on "Saturday Night Live," they were gently poking fun at the Olympic sport, but also at the movies made by Williams. She probably laughed along with them. She didn't take herself too seriously. When Fanny Brice said of Williams: "Wet, she's a star. Dry, she ain't," Williams laughed as hard as everyone else. She was a favorite pinup of G.I.'s in World War Two. Williams was married to Fernando Lamas, who Billy Crystal spoofed with the phrase "You look marvelous." Williams has now died. She was 91.

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