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Reuters reports: Michael Jackson was laid to rest on Thursday at a funeral attended by family and celebrities, more than two months after the pop star died at age 50 of a drug overdose that has been ruled a homicide.
Tight security kept fans, reporters and even aircraft well away from the Forest Lawn cemetery in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, where Jackson will lie in the stellar company of such Hollywood icons as Walt Disney and Humphrey Bogart.
Jackson's family arrived at the cemetery more than an hour late, driven in a procession of nearly 30 limousines and cars that passed a small crowd of fans and onlookers.
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AP reports: Rapper Max B and his stepbrother have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for a deadly robbery at a northern New Jersey hotel.
Max B whose real name is Charly Wingate was ordered Thursday to serve 75 years. He was convicted in June of felony murder, armed robbery and other offenses in the September 2006 robbery in Fort Lee.
Co-defendant Kelvin Leerdam received a life term plus 35 years after jurors found he fatally shot one of the victims.More on Max B - Max B MP3s - Max B CDs -
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Reuters reports: Carrie Underwood has rushed out the first single from her new album to YouTube, a day after an unfinished version of "Cowboy Casanova" leaked online.
The track comes from the country singer's third album "Play On," which will be released by Arista Nashville November 3, a week before the singer co-hosts the Country Music Assn. Awards with Brad Paisley.
Underwood co-wrote "Cowboy Casanova" with Brett James, who penned her 2006 hit "Jesus, Take the Wheel," and Mike Elizondo, who is best known for his work with hip-hop artists Eminem, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre.
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RCA reports: Leona Lewis who took the music world by storm with the release of her 2008 debut album Spirit announces today that the first single from her forthcoming album ECHO is entitled "Happy."
"Happy" was co-written by Leona Lewis with writer/producer Ryan Tedder, the co-writer and producer of Leona's mega smash, record-breaking hit single "Bleeding Love."
"Happy" will be available at iTunes on September 15th and will be impacting radio on September 21st. Leona's new album ECHO will be released on November 17th on J Records/Syco Music.
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PR reports: Montreal quirky-pop five piece The Lovely Feathers announce an East Coast tour with Saddle Creek's The Rural Alberta Advantage in support of Fantasy of the Lot, out now on Sparks Music/Tommy Boy.
The tour kicks off in Athens, GA on Tuesday September 29th and finds the band performing at notable venues including the Rock N Roll Hotel in Washington, DC on Oct. 4th, the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA on Oct. 10th, and New York City's famed Bowery Ballroom on Oct. 7th.More on Lovely Feathers - Lovely Feathers CDs -
Fantasy of the Lot was recorded in Montrιal's Studio Plateau with Dan Lagace (Stars, Dears, Death from Above) and features 11 new tracks recorded by the five members Mark Kupfert, Mark Shortt, Richard Yanofsky, David Buzaglo and Ted Suss. The band experimented with low cost tape recordings, transformed dining rooms into recording studios and wrote music anytime, anywhere and the resulting album is one which has fans and critics alike talking.
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PR reports: The latest single taken from the much lauded Teufelswerk long player sees DJ Hell "hooking-up" once more with P. Diddy for the freestyle jack-track "The DJ". The pair worked together before on "Let's Get Ill" and "Check This," creating two classic dance floor hits. But for 'The DJ' these two masters wanted to set the techno world straight and send a very clear message 'to the motherf*cker plays a 4 minute version.' That you 'can't get even get into your thing with a 4 minute version.' With this in mind Hell is very pleased to present his latest single 'The DJ feat. P. Diddy; one original track, four remixes, over one hour of music! So yes, "This goes out to all the motherf*ckers that like 15-20 minute versions of a mother f*cking record."
Many of us might wonder what sort of position P. Diddy has commenting on the state of clubs and the forgotten art of playing the full version of a record. This is a man who's own Production work with mega-stars such Notorious BIG redefined East Coast Hip Hop. But for those in the know P. Diddy is no stranger to club land. Hell himself describes P. Diddy as a man who 'knows about techno music
When he was a kid he was going to the Sound Factory to see Junior Vasquez.' In the higher-echelons of Dance Music history this was a very important time for US "Rave" culture, much like the European Halcyon Rave days of the early 90's. The most striking difference being that, as with all great New York clubs from the Paradise Garage to Sound Factory, these parties went on for days and so did the records. But more recently P. Diddy has been ubiquitous in club culture, from Partying with Hell and Claude Von Stroke in Miami and tearing it up with Felix Da Housecat in Ibiza So P. Diddy has a privileged position, in that he was there then when the art of playing the long version was at its peak and he is here now, a time where blog culture and Rock Star have-a-go DJ's line-up on mass to play low bit-rate MP3s.
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PR reports: His catchy, Caribbean-tinged first single "Oh Yeah" already churning up big waves, Jaicko has announced a winter release date for his debut album Can I. The 18-year-old pop sensation from the idyllic island nation of Barbados is ready to land with dynamic force on American shores.
"Oh Yeah," produced by the Stereotypes (Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige, Natasha Bedingfield), is crisscrossing airwaves and internet portals all over the globe. It's a bouncy, carefree, irresistible anthem; the song's hook says it all: "You don't even know why you're turning up your radio/Bobbing your head in your car 'cause you feel me though/Don't be mad 'cause I've got you singing 'Oh yeah, oh yeah!'" Check also for a special version that features an intro from hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg. Find the song's video at this link: www.jaickomusic.com
Beyond "Oh Yeah," there's no ebb, no lull among the offerings on Can I. The titular track is a standout, cresting with emotion in detailing Jaicko's long and circuitous path to international notoriety. Yes he's only 18, but he began performing at age nine, and entered a recording booth a year later. Along the way, an independent album Jaicko then a rapper cut in his native Barbados sold 6,000 copies, a massive accomplishment considering the island's total population is less than that of Pittsburgh. From an insular audience apart from the rest of the world to sharing the stage with Sean Kingston on an upcoming North American tourtrue leaps and bounds.
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Kayos reports: Hot on the heels of his multi-week no. 1 single "Big Green Tractor," Jason Aldean's DVD Wide Open Live & More (Eagle Rock Entertainment) debuted at no. 4 on the Soundscan Music DVD charts.
"Our first country artist to debut in the top 5 is an outstanding first week result in a chart that has been dominated by Michael Jackson since his untimely death," states Mike Carden, President of Operations North America, Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Released on DVD and Blu-ray August 25, this electrifying performance was taped at a sold-out concert in Knoxville, Tennessee. The 15-song set perfectly captures Aldean's high-octane stage show, as he rocks the crowd with his biggest radio hits and fan favorites. A sizzling blend of country and southern rock, Aldean's music is quickly making him one of the hottest contemporary country artists on the map!
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PR reports: International DJ/Producer/Artist David Guetta continues to reach new heights around the globe with the Astralwerks release of his non-stop, party-thumping album 'One Love,' which features an all-star cast that includes Akon, apl de ap, Estelle, Kid Cudi, Ne-Yo, Novel, Kelly Rowland, will.i.am and Chris Willis. The album, released last week has set new records for Guetta, debuting at #1 France and Belgium, #2 in the UK, Germany, Canada and Switzerland while landing in the top 5 in Austria, Italy and Ireland. In the U.S., One Love debuted at #12 on the iTunes album chart and #1 on the iTunes dance album chart while landing in top 70 on the Billboard 200, marking Guetta's highest position on the chart to date.
"I'm thrilled with the success of my album," expressed Guetta. "I knew from the moment I first stepped into the studio with Kelly Rowland and will.i.am that we were creating something really special and that continued with each artist I worked with on 'One Love."
Guetta's unique fusion of European dance music with contemporary American hip-hop and R&B vocals has been winning over critics and fans around the world since the release of 'One Love's" first single last spring, "When Love Takes Over" featuring Kelly Rowland. The single infiltrated dance floors and radio airwaves everywhere, quickly becoming one of the anthems of 2009, sky-rocketing to #1 on the European singles chart where it stayed for two weeks. "When Love Takes Over" which Entertainment Weekly proclaimed "the jam" spent 7 consecutive weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard dance chart, reached # 28 on the Top 40 radio airplay chart and #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 which at the time was a new record Guetta.
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vh1 reports: From his sitcom "Malcolm and Eddie," to movies like "Undercover Brother" to his sold-out standup tours, comedian Eddie Griffin is a major player in the comedy game. He's also one of the hardest working men in the entertainment industry. And he better be because he's supporting eight children, two ex-wives, four "baby-mamas" and an entourage of family and friends. It's a large extended family that makes this comedian's life complete. The problem: they're also bleeding him dry - and now Eddie Griffin is in danger of going broke.
Premiering Monday, September 14, 2009 10PM* ET/PT, "Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke" is a 30-minute docu-series that will give viewers an intimate look into Eddie's struggle to support himself and a rather large and complicated extended family. In fact, his generosity and sense of responsibility are what put him in a financial nose dive. Simply put, Eddie's earnings can't keep pace with his elaborate lifestyle.
But there is one person who might be able to help him figure it all out. Enter Doris, Eddie's mom, the one person who can give him a big dose of tough love. Will mom tolerate the blow-out parties and fast Hollywood life that Eddie loves so much? Can she open his eyes to the fact that his life is out of control? That's up to Eddie.
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