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Friday, 28 February 2014 09:57

Dolly Parton to play Glastonbury Festival

LONDON (AP) - It's Britain's leading rock festival. But it will have a little bit of country flavor this year. Organizers say Dolly Parton will be performing at Glastonbury Festival in June. A festival organizer tells the BBC having her on the bill is "something we've been wanting to happen for a long time" - and Parton has finally agreed. Glastonbury is Britain's most prestigious summer music festival. About 120,000 tickets for the June 25-29 event sold out before any acts were announced. Arcade Fire is also signed on to do the festival.

Friday, 28 February 2014 09:56

Robin Thicke trying to woo wife back

DULLES, Virginia (AP) - Robin Thicke says he isn't giving up his marriage without a fight. He was in Washington D.C. last night for a concert performance. And upon arriving in the D.C. area, he spoke briefly with a TMZ photographer staking out the airport. Asked about his separation from Paula Patton, Thicke seemed to indicate that he may have been to blame for the marital discord that led to the split. He says he is currently "just trying to get her back." But he also denied speculation that his raunchy VMA performance with Miley Cyrus had anything to do with the breakup. In the past few days, Thicke canceled the first two dates of his concert tour last week, saying he had lost his voice. Another show this week was put off because of what he calls "unforeseen circumstances." Thick and Patton - an actress - had been childhood sweethearts and were married 9 years with one child together.

Friday, 28 February 2014 09:56

Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Good luck winning your office Oscars pool. It's the closest race in years. Any one of three movies could win best picture this Sunday, "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" and "American Hustle." Jennifer Lawrence is trying for her second straight Oscar at the age of 23. At the age of 84, June Squibb is up for her first for "Nebraska." If Squibb takes the prize, she'll be the oldest acting winner ever. But she'll have to beat front-runner Cate Blanchett to do it. Other front-runners are believed to be Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.

Friday, 28 February 2014 09:55

American Idol-The first to go is Kristen

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was an all girl bottom three on this first week of voting on "American Idol." Ryan Seacrest says there were more than 71 million votes. But not enough of them were for Kristen O'Connor. She is the first to be voted off Idol this season. MK Nobilette and Mayala Watson were also in the bottom three. MK was the first to find out she was safe to sing again next week. Kristen sang for her Idol life, in hopes that she should would get the once-per-season save from the judges. The judges' decision wasn't unanimous, but we don't know which of the judges wanted to keep her.

NEW YORK (AP) - Calling Pharrell's current state "happy" might be an understatement. The producer-rapper-singer's tune "Happy" is nominated for best original song at Sunday's Oscars. Days ahead, the upbeat anthem has climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Pharrell says in an interview Wednesday he's "ever so grateful" and "it's pretty crazy." The 40-year-old adds: "It's really awesome and I'm still shocked." "Happy" is from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack and will appear on Pharrell's new album, "GIRL," out Monday. The hitmaker says he's prepping for his performance Sunday, and he "just intends to have fun with it." Pharrell also topped the Hot 100 chart as a featured act on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" and Ludacris' "Money Maker."

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A judge has found former "American Idol" finalist LaKisha Jones guilty of civil contempt for failing to pay her father's nursing home bills. The Flint, Mich., native finished fourth in 2007 on the TV talent show and performed on Broadway in "The Color Purple." The Flint Journal says Genesee County Probate Judge Jennie Barkey on Tuesday found Jones in contempt for not paying Lonnie Jones' bills, leading to his involuntarily transfer from one home and balances at the new home. The 34-year-old Jones received guardianship of her 68-year-old father in 2012 after his stroke. She says she used his Social Security check for his rent and his other living costs, adding she "didn't steal" his money. The judge says Jones has 60 days to pay up or risk jail.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:46

Guns N' Roses to perform at Golden Gods Awards

NEW YORK (AP) - Guns N' Roses will hit the stage at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. The magazine's sixth annual hard rock awards show takes place April 23 at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Axl Rose will receive the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Joan Jett will be honored with the Golden God Award, given to an artist who "embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal." She's the first female to earn the award. Jett will also perform, alongside Korn, A Day to Remember, Zakk Wylde and the Pretty Reckless, the band led by former "Gossip Girl" actress Taylor Momsen. Album of the year contenders include Korn, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, Queens of the Stone Age, Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat. Online fan voting began Wednesday.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:45

Police: No charges for singer Bieber's driver

SANDY SPRINGS, Georgia (AP) - Police near Atlanta say they've decided not to charge a driver for Justin Bieber with any crimes after a photographer said his camera was stolen during a confrontation with the singer's entourage. Sandy Springs police said Wednesday morning in a statement that detectives won't charge 49-year-old Terrance Johnson. They say he was driving one of three Cadillac Escalades that brought the pop star and his associates to the Sandy Springs Funhouse family entertainment complex Tuesday. A bodyguard for Bieber faces a court date on a felony charge of entering the photographer's automobile. Fulton County sheriff's spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan says 32-year-old Hugo Hesny of Davie, Fla., is scheduled to make his first appearance at 11 a.m. Thursday in Atlanta. Police on Tuesday said they had taken Hesny and Johnson into custody on felony theft charges.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:44

Jamie Lee Spears on recent past

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jamie Lynn Spears says she found herself as a mom before she was able to find herself as an artist. The singer and songwriter says over the past few years, she keyed in on being a mother when her daughter was born. She says she "took about a year off to focus strictly on her." Then, she says she moved to Nashville with her child and started writing songs. She says she fell in love with the process of putting her thoughts and feelings on paper - then singing them. She says she feels "able to share" her music now because she feels more comfortable as a recording artist. And yes, in case you were wondering, Jamie Lee is Britney's sister.

NEW YORK (AP) - Seth Meyers has given "Late Night" its biggest audience in nine years. An average of 3.4 million people watched Meyers' debut. That's more than Jimmy Fallon got on his first time hosting "Late Night." Fallon's getting his own big numbers over at "The Tonight Show." On Monday, he had more viewers than David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel combined.

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