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Lady GaGa Renegotiating- Usher Slams American Idol- Michael Jackson's Thriller Tops Poll- Boxoffice Remake Nightmare- Ray Charles Goes Broadway and more

05/03/2010
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Lady GaGa's team "is deep into the process of renegotiating the contract of the breakout artist with Interscope," so HITS Daily Double reported. Suggestion for contract renewal apparently was offered by GaGa's team to the label after learning that she has become "a major windfall" for Interscope. more

Michael Jackson's video for his hit single "Thriller" has been voted the most influential in pop music history, according to the results of a poll released on Monday. The survey, commissioned by MySpace, interviewed a vast pool of 1,000 music fans and made them vote from preselected videos. more

Usher has accused TV talent shows of killing the music industry. Just weeks after the singer appeared as a mentor on the current season of "American Idol", Usher has blasted the show and its rivals for making talented singers celebrities and then casting them aside. He says, "The true art form of music is being lost, because it seems so easy that everyone can do it, and that it can happen overnight. Television is a lie. It can't happen overnight. The artist who thinks that it can just comes and goes." more

A remake of the slasher flick "A Nightmare on Elm Street" led the weekend with a $32.2 million debut domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday. Paramount's "Iron Man 2" got an international head start on its domestic debut this Friday, pulling in $100.2 million in 53 foreign markets. more

Actress Helen Wagner, who played mild-mannered Nancy Hughes on the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns" for more than a half-century and spoke its first words, has died at age 91. more

Broadway has chosen its Ray Charles. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon will portray the legendary singer in "Unchain My Heart," a new musical opening Nov. 7. more

Beyonce Knowles is readying a music video for her single "Why Don't You Love Me" and recently dropped a teaser for it. Starring as a sexy "B.B. Homemaker," she is seen wearing checkered shirt which is unbuttoned and tied around her waist. She matches it with short denims, black stocking as well as red bandana and shoes. Despite playing a homemaker, Beyonce is filmed being occupied with a wrench and busy fixing a car. more

Susan Boyle's debut album has been named the world's best-selling record of 2009. "I Dreamed a Dream", which hit stores in November 2009, landed the title of Britain's top-selling release last year, while the Scottish singer came second to Taylor Swift's "Fearless" in America's 2009 run-down. more

The Titanic theme My Heart Will Go On has been named the best film song of all time, according to a new poll [of deaf people?] more

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