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Lindsay Lohan's Probation Revoked
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is facing up to eight months in jail after her probation was revoked on Wednesday.

Lohan has been on probation for a 2011 jewelry theft case and she was arraigned for several misdemeanor charges stemming from a traffic accident in June, according to MTV.

In the accident, Lohan struck a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway while driving her Porsche. She told police that she was not driving but investigators believe that she was and she has been charged with reckless driving, giving false information to a police officer and obstructing or resisting a police officer in the performance of his duty.

Due to the new charges, her probation has been revoked and she is now facing up to 245 days in jail as a result.

Lohan is due back in court on January 15th.

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Yoko Ono 'Sings' Katy Perry Hit In Viral Video
Rock fans have often been critical of Yoko Ono's avant-garde vocal stylings.

Now it seems that some have been getting a good laugh out of a new viral video, where she appears to be singing along to Katy Perry's "Firework."

In fact, the performance was originally a cappella, someone added the "Firework" piano chords to the original video. Watch videos of both versions here.

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Justin Bieber and Psy Added To New Year's Rockin' Eve
Dick Clark productions announced that Justin Bieber and Psy have been added to the lineup for this year's New Year's Rockin' Eve special on ABC.

Bieber will join the also newly announced Jason Aldean, Greyson Chance, Ellie Goulding and The Wanted at the West Coast portion of the event which will also feature Black Eyed Peas member Fergie, Brandy, Flo Rida, Karmin, and OneRepublic.

Psy is set to perform at the East Coast event in New York City's Times Square and will join Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and Neon Trees. More details here.

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Britney Spears Tops Forbes Top-Earning Women in Music List
Britney Spears has topped Forbes Magazine's The Top-Earning Women in Music 2012 list after earning earned over $58 million over the past year.

Spears faced stiff competition from the No. 2 star on the list Taylor Swift who brought in $57 million.

The rest of the top 5 features Rihanna at No. 3 with $53 million, Lady Gaga at No. 4 with $52 million and Katy Perry at No. 5 with $45 million. More details and see who else made the list here.

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One Direction Members Address Taylor Swift Collaboration Talk
(Hollyscoop) Taylor Swift is dating One Direction's Harry Styles, which has One Direction fans literally frothing at the mouth (in a bad way), but now we're hearing that the rest of the bandmates want to hook-up with Ms. Swift too...a musical hook-up that is.

Hollyscoop asked Louis Tomlinson and Zayne Malik at Jingle Ball in New York over the weekend if they would ever write a song with Taylor, "Yeah!" Says Louie, "I mean, she's amazing at what she does, but there's no talks of anything at the moment."

"There's no plans as of yet and we've only just released our second album, so no," adds Louie. more on this story

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The Game Says Rick James Was Mistaken For Jesus
After all the controversy surrounding The Game's Jesus Piece album art, the outspoken rapper chalks up the chatter to one big misunderstanding. It is not a picture of gangster Jesus on the cover, Game recently explained, but "Super Freak" singer Rick James "in Jesus' clothes."

"I'm a big fan of Rick James," The Game told Jenny Boom Boom from Hartford's 93.7. "I thought I would put him on my album cover and put a rag around his neck and put him in Jesus's clothes. Everybody thinks that's Jesus but that's Rick James. Why are you offended?"

While Game is known to be controversial and flex a sly sense of humor, he was making a greater point with this latest revelation. Find out what that was.

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Ne-Yo Working on R.E.D. Follow-Up
The Hot Morning Crew were backstage at Jingle Jam 12 and met up with recent Grammy nominee, Ne-Yo. The R&B superstar talked about his Grammy experiences thus far, and how he plans to follow up on R.E.D.

Ne-Yo is already working on his follow up to R.E.D. Although he gave no hints on what we can expect genre-wise, he assured us it will be quality as always.

"With this next album I am just going to go in and do whatever I feel like. Whatever comes out, comes out. The music is who I am," he said. "I am never gonna give anything to you that is crap… I am always gonna give you quality. It will just be quality of whatever genre I feel like. At the end of the day I don't do music for white people, black people, whatever. I do music for people who enjoy music." more on this story

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Mariah Carey Scores A Christmas Hit
Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has landed in the Top 40 on Billboard Hot 100.

The 18-year-old track re-entered the chart at No. 29 this week, topping it's previous showing.

The track, from the 1994 album "Merry Christmas," didn't actually make the Hot 100 chart when the album was released since it wasn't released as a commercial single that year. Read Billboard's report for details.

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Adele, The Black Keys and Arcade Fire Lead Song Oscar Field
Adele, The Black Keys and Arcade Fire face a crowded field of 75 artists that are in the running for the Academy Award for Best Original Song nomination.

Adele is on the list for her James Bond "Skyfall" theme. The Black Keys for "Baddest Man Alive" from The Man With the Iron Fists and Arcade Fire for "Abraham's Daughter" from The Hunger Games soundtrack.

The Academy Awards will announce the final nominations during an event on January 10. See some of the other songs they are up against here.

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Rick Ross Doesn't Blame Gang Threats For Tour Cancellation
Rick Ross is blaming the cancellation of his tour on the promoter and not on the gang threats that were received.

Billboard carried a statement from Ross where he explains, "I canceled the rest of the tour due to the promoter was really not handling his business. He canceled a date of mine. I was going to Tuscon, Arizona and I was really a few hours outside of the market when I heard. I believe it was Tuscon, this was a week and a half ago," he said.

"And I let the dude know how we move and just to communicate a little better. So I woke up and realized that two more dates had been canceled. I felt like that was some power I needed to take away from homie, so I canceled the rest of the dates." There was also big news about his record label.

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Fergie Writing New Music
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie says in a new interview that she is writing new music, which could result in her second solo album.

"It'll come," she told E!. "Yes, that's a promise," she said about making another album.

"Now when is something I can't promise, but when it's ready. I just want it to be great. I don't want to rush anything out. I don't want to put anything out just because I want to get things out there. I just want to do something that's real and that feels organic and feels good that I'm proud of."

Read the E! report and find out what she wants from her husband for Christmas here.

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Jackson 5ive TV Series Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray
Jackson 5ive: The Complete Animated Series is set to be released on DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on January 15th, 2013.

The sets feature 23 full-length episodes and 46 original Jackson 5ive Songs with two complete songs in each episode.

The Jackson 5ive TV series, produced by Rankin/Bass and Motown Productions, originally aired on ABC from September 11, 1971 through October 14, 1972, and was loosely based on the life of the Jackson 5ive band members, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael, and their manager, Berry Gordy. Maybe you remember the episodes' featured Jackson 5ive songs and storylines where the band is challenged and faced with adversity.
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The Felice Brothers Add Mumford & Sons Concert Dates
The Felice Brothers have expanded their upcoming tour plans with the addition of two concerts with Mumford & Sons.

The band will be supporting Mumford & Sons at two shows this February, on the 5th at TD Garden in Boston, MA and on the 6th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

These will be their first shows of 2013 and will follow a three-date run of headlining shows around New Year's Eve later this month: December 29th at StageOne in Fairfield, CT; December 30th at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ (SOLD OUT); and December 31st at the Mercury Lounge in New York, NY (SOLD OUT). more on this story

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Kenny Rogers Helping Collect Toys For Town Hit By Hurricane Sandy
(SKH) Kenny Rogers is teaming up with the Bergen Performing Arts Center and the Englewood Fire Department in Englewood, New Jersey, with the help of sponsors Fisher-Price and Mattel, to collect toys this holiday season for children in need in Bergen County, New Jersey, including areas severely hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Always an important event in the community, the annual holiday toy drive will carry special significance this year taking into account the devastation Hurricane Sandy caused throughout the state of New Jersey.

Rogers, who brings his 23-city Christmas and Hits Tour with special guest Billy Dean to the bergenPAC on Wednesday, December 19, will match monetary donations up to $10,000 to purchase toys for the drive. In addition, Fisher-Price has generously donated 200 toys, and Mattel is offering a special discount on toys purchased with monetary donations raised during the drive, assuring that every donation received will go even further.
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Eric Benet and Faith Evans Release Christmas Single
Eric Benet and Faith Evans have released a new digital holiday single, "Christmas Without You."

Fans can purchase the new digital single at iTunes and they can preview it with the official lyric video here

This is Eric Benet and Faith Evans' second collaboration, after their first hit "Georgy Porgy", which reached #15 in 1999 on the U.S. Billboard R&B Chart, and was also featured on Eric's platinum certified album, A Day In The Life. more on this story

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Flava Flav Explains Clock In Vh1 Special
Vh1 sent over a preview clip for the "40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Of The 90S" where Flava Flav tells the story of how he started wearing a clock around his neck and the true meaning of the clock.

The new special will premiere on Wednesday, December 19 at 9pm. Here is synopsis: It's time to get "Insane in the Membrane" and pour out some "Gin N Juice" as VH1 looks back on the 1990's and a decade of unforgettable Hip Hop music by counting down the "40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the 90's".

Take a walk down memory lane with Jay-Z, LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys and all your favorite artists as we open the vault for two bass-thumping hours of classic music videos and archival footage. The special will also feature new, original interviews with some of Hip Hop's most memorable faces and hit makers, sharing the stories behind the songs and updating you on what all your favorites are doing today. Check out the Flava Flav On Clocks preview clip here.

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Hunter Hayes Reflects On Family This Christmas
After his three GRAMMY nominations and the success of his Number One hit "Wanted" and his new single "Somebody's Heartbreak," Hunter Hayes has much to be thankful for this holiday season.

"I'm most thankful for my family and my friends, and music," Hunter told CBS Local. "I love what I do. Music is what I live for, but everything that has happened to me is nothing if you can't share it with the people you love."

Despite his busy touring schedule, Hunter says he's had time to go home and "rejoice with my mom and dad." Read more and find out what his favorite Christmas song is.

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They Might Be Giants Set For New Album And World Tour
They Might Be Giants have set a March 5, 2013 release date for their new album, Nanobots.

The effort was recorded at the private studio of their long time collaborator and producer Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, Tegan and Sara).

The band will be supporting the album release with a 60-date world tour which kicks off with a North American leg on February 27th in Portland, ME. more on this story

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Frank Ocean Radiohead Cover Met With Indifference
Among the many attractions at last week's splashy Spotify press conference with Lars Ulrich of Metallica and Glassnote Records CEO Daniel Glass (who announced a new Phoenix album for 2013), alternative R&B star Frank Ocean performed a short set during which he offered a brief cover version of Radiohead's 1995 single, "Fake Plastic Trees."

The understated performance was the culmination of the extremely exclusive event, with a majority of the music industry-heavy audience seemingly oblivious to Ocean's nod towards Thom Yorke's famous band, given the audible din of conversations in the background.

The cover continued in Ocean's tradition of performing abbreviated cover versions in concert. more on this story

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Jeff Lane and American Idol's Kevin Campos' Hurricane Sandy Relief
Jeff Lane has teamed up with former American Idol contestant Kevin Campos to launch The Lane Project and are donating a portion of the proceeds to the American Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy Relief fund. We were sent these details:

Jeff Lane, the musician and songwriter behind The Lane Project, has gathered an extraordinary group of musicians to record and perform his music.

The first featured song is "Moments Of Mercy" sung by Kevin Campos. While it has been more than a month since Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, many are still picking up the pieces of their lives. Purchase the single "Moments of Mercy (featuring Kevin Campos)" on iTunes or CD Baby and the first $10,000 in downloads will be donated directly to the American Red Cross. "We wanted to join the effort to help our East Coast friends recover and rebuild," says Lane. "We could think of no better way to do so than to donate to the American Red Cross. This is what we can do through our music. Join the movement with us by purchasing the song today and together we can make a difference."

Future releases from The Lane Project will be issued throughout 2013 beginning in January when Kevin Campos will be featured on both English and Spanish versions of the next single "The Fingerprints Of Love" ("Las Huellas del Amor"). You can find more details here.

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Wiz Khalifa Almost Tops The Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Wiz Khalifa's newly release sophomore album, "O.N.I.F.C.," has debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, according to Rostrum/Atlantic.

The album landed the high debut after selling over 141,000 copies during its first week in U.S. stores.

The album also claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts. more on this story

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Monterey Jazz Festival Tour Details Announced
The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary Celebration will be launching next month and the lineup details have been announced.

The tour is set to feature vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist and musical director Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash, saxophonist Chris Potter, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.

The tour will include 45 shows and will kick off on January 10, 2013 in Santa Cruz, Calif., and will make stops in 40 cities across North America through April 28. more on this story

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Cash Money Go Electronic
Cash Money, which birthed Lil Wayne's Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) imprint, is venturing into Electronic Dance Music with the latest singing.

The Stafford Brothers, the Australian EDM team, are the latest members of Cash Money family.

Matt and Chris Stafford have been snapped up by the label that is known for its rap acts to help expand their brand. In a statement, Bryan "Baby" Williams said there was more to the relationship than music. more on this story

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