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Friday, 18 April 2014 14:35

Record Store Day is Saturday, April 19

UNDATED (AP) - If you're the type who prefers vinyl music over digital, tomorrow is your day. Acts like Devo, The Allman Brothers Band, Dolly Parton, Public Enemy, Korn and R.E.M. will have exclusive releases for Record Store Day. It's meant to help out independent record stores with releases not sold in big outlets. David Bowie will have a "1984" picture disc, and Harry Mancini's "The Pink Panther" will come out on pink vinyl. Vinyl will not be the only thing available. Eric Clapton, Tegan and Sara and My Chemical Romance will issue T-shirts, Jake Bugg will release a live album on CD, and Green Day and Skrillex will have releases on cassette. The selection will vary from store to store. Find out which artists and which stores are participating at www.RecordStoreDay.com .

Friday, 18 April 2014 14:34

FOX to do sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a hit more than 20 years ago. So Fox 2000 is looking to light a new fire under an old movie. The studio will re-ignite the comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire," which starred Robin Williams. No deals are in place yet, but a Fox spokeswoman says Williams and Chris Columbus are in talks to be aboard, with Williams re-doing the role of a man who dresses up as a Scottish nanny to spend time with his kids - and Columbus directing. The original film made more than $400 million worldwide. Among the movie's funniest scenes is when Williams fake breasts catch fire - and he puts them out with a pair of pot lids.

Friday, 18 April 2014 14:33

American Idol-Dexter eliminated

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a bad night for 'Bama on "American Idol" last night. Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) and Dexter Roberts were this week's bottom two. Both are from rural Alabama. But it's Dexter who is going home. He did "Lucky Man" as his farewell song. While he's this week's lowest vote-getter, Dexter gets to be part of this summer's live Idol tour. There are just a half-dozen hopefuls left, as the season heads into its final month.

NEW YORK (AP) - Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label. Warner Bros. announced Friday that it had reached an agreement with the pop icon. Prince was signed to the label from 1978 to the mid-1990s, releasing key projects like "Purple Rain," "1999" and "Around the World in a Day." Financial terms weren't disclosed. Warner Bros. also said the 55-year-old singer would release "previously unheard material" from his tenure on the label. A 30th-anniversary edition of "Purple Rain" will be released this summer. Prince said in a statement that he's "pleased with the results of the negotiations." He added that he's working on new music apart from Warner Bros.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:35

Marilyn Monroe earrings sell for $185,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Here's the power of Marilyn Monroe: a pair of rhinestone earrings she wore to the premiere of a film she wasn't even in has sold at auction for $185,000. Julien's Auctions sold the earrings over the weekend. Monroe wore them to the opening of "The Rose Tattoo" in 1955. The buyer was a foreign collector. Humphrey Bogart's lighter also sold for $19,200, and David Hasselhoff's 1986 Pontiac Firebird sold for $152,600.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:34

Dancing with the Stars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a perfect night for James Maslow on "Dancing With the Stars." The actor-singer gets the first round of perfect scores from the judges this season. Maslow and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd did a flawless contemporary dance to "Let It Go" from "Frozen" on Disney night. Danica McKellar was just a point shy of getting a perfect score as well. Drew Carey was the low-scorer on the judges' leaderboard. Australian pop star Cody Simpson is the celeb voted off this week. There were loud boos from the audience as the results were announced. Simpson says it's been an amazing experience but adds it's tough getting the boot. His pro partner Witney Carson says people really didn't get a chance to see what they can do.

NEW YORK (AP) - David Letterman is pleased with his replacement. He says Stephen Colbert has always been "a real friend" to him. He says he's "flattered" that CBS chose him, though he thinks they just "wanted another guy with glasses." Colbert's former colleague on "The Daily Show" tells New York magazine that Colbert is "a uniquely talented individual." Jon Stewart says Colbert has "gears he hasn't even shown people yet." Jimmy Fallon welcomed the competition. He tweeted Colbert to congratulate him on his new first name: Jimmy. Not everyone is happy, of course. Rush Limbaugh says by choosing Colbert CBS "has just declared war on the heartland of America." He also mispronounced Colbert's name, calling him KOHL'-buhrt.

NEW YORK (AP) - Kiss, Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band have been ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Barclays Center. They were joined Thursday by duo Hall & Oates, British rocker Peter Gabriel, 1970s folkie Cat Stevens and the absent Linda Ronstadt. Nirvana was the emotional centerpiece. The trio rooted in the Seattle-area punk rock scene was voted into the hall in its first year of eligibility. Original Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had wanted the replacements for ex-bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss to perform at the ceremony instead of the original four. The result: Kiss's music went unheard. Springsteen's 1999 entrance into the hall without the E Street Band was a sore point for some members, who finally got their due.

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:59

Dancing with the Stars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - No, you didn't miss the elimination on "Dancing With the Stars" last night. No one was voted off. Last night, the celebs had to switch partners. Guest judge Julianne Hough says having to change partners is brutal. So, the producers decided not to use last night's scores to send someone home. Instead, scores from last week, this week and the judges' scores from next week will be combined for an elimination next Monday night. Meryl Davis continues on a roll as the top scorer. Only Len Goodman kept her from getting a round of perfect 10s. Charlie White was blasted by Goodman for not doing a proper rumba. But Candace Cameron Bure is the one in real trouble. She trails on the judges' leaderboard after two weeks.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - He's a legendary blues guitarist. But at the age of 88, the way B.B. King is giving some fans the blues is becoming a problem for music lovers. He continues to tour - and sometimes his age and illness shows. He performed this past Friday in St. Louis - and some fans were none too pleased. Some left early after King performed just a few snippets of some songs, rambled on between others - and had difficulty playing and keeping up with his band. One fan says while he sees King as a "living legend" and admires the man and his music, he was disappointed to shell out $150 to see him and not get a full show. Some music fans say aging acts like King should get some slack from fans because of their stature - not heckled for being slowed by time.

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