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The Jerky Boys Make First New Prank Calls in Two Decades

February 25, 2014

During the Nineties, New York City's prank-calling maestros the Jerky Boys rose to fame on the strength of their brash, quick-witted calls, which were collected on a series of highly influential, million-selling albums. Then the calls petered out. But...

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Inside SWV's Surprise Comeback

February 20, 2014

It's about 30 minutes until SWV take the stage at Manhattan's Madison Square Garden on a freezing night in February, and the three members of the 1990s R&B trio — best remembered for their massive hits "Weak" and "I'm So Into You" — can...

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Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson to Perform at BET Honors

February 6, 2014

Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae and Jennifer Hudson will take the stage at this year's BET Honors, set to air on the network February 24th at 9 p.m., Billboard reports. This year's honorees include Aretha Franklin, Ice Cube, Motown founder Berry Gordy, American...

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Mariah Carey Apologizes for Posting Wrong Mix

November 14, 2013

Calling her lengthy letter to fans on Facebook her "'diva in distress' thesis," Mariah Carey has apologized for posting an unfinished version of her latest single, "The Art of Letting Go." She also posted the "real mix" of the song. "There's no...

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Kanye West Performed for Kazakh Strongman's Family

September 3, 2013

Kanye West gave a private performance last weekend at the wedding of the grandson of Kazakhstan's longtime authoritarian president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, The New York Times reports. Saturday night, photographs appeared showing West stepping out of a...

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Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey Leaving 'American Idol'

May 31, 2013

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are leaving American Idol. Both singers announced yesteday on Twitter that they will not be returning as judges to focus on their own music careers, The Associated Press reports. Minaj's departure from Idol had...

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Christina Aguilera Will Return to 'The Voice'

May 15, 2013

The Voice's fourth season has scored impressive ratings – even beating out American Idol – but newbie coach Shakira will be replaced by returning coach Christina Aguilera after this season. "I'm not going to be able to do next season because...

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Randy Jackson Leaving 'American Idol'

May 10, 2013

Randy Jackson, the sole holdout from the original cast of judges on American Idol, is leaving the show after this season comes to a close. "To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is...

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Attack Of The Show: 'American Idol' Season 12 Premieres

January 22, 2013

Even the most casual "American Idol" viewer knew all about the months-long feud/publicity campaign leading up to last Wednesday's premiere of "Idol" Season 12, starring new alpha-female judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. The "leaked" TMZ video of their...

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'American Idol' Ratings Down

January 17, 2013

Ratings for the first episode of American Idol's 12th season were down significantly, with an average of 17.8 million viewers tuning into the two-hour premiere, the Los Angeles Times reports. Overall viewership, as well as viewership among 18- to...

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Nicki Minaj and Steven Tyler Trade Insults Over 'American Idol'

November 27, 2012

The next season of American Idol doesn't air until January and the show is already awash in feuds. The latest involves former judge Steven Tyler and Nicki Minaj, one of two newcomers, who traded public barbs yesterday. Tyler told MTV News that he wasn't...

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Watch U2 Go 'Invisible' on Jimmy Fallon's First 'Tonight Show'

February 18, 2014

As if Jimmy Fallon's too-close-for-comfort impressions of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young  on Late Night didn't reveal the talk-show host's undying love of music, the new Tonight Show host kicked off his run with a typically loud hour...

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Madonna Is Top Earning Woman in Music

December 12, 2013

Madonna has topped Forbes' 2013 list of the top-earning women in music, pulling in a staggering $125 million this year. The bulk of Madonna's earnings came from the last leg of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million overall; she also sees income from...

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Mariah Carey Knows 'Art of Letting Go'

November 11, 2013

Pop singer Mariah Carey released a new single today, a mellow ballad called "The Art of Letting Go." The melancholy number finds Carey in fine form, exploring loss over a smooth, orchestral production. The song builds steadily over three and a half minutes,...

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Jennifer Lopez Unaware of Turkmenistan Rights Issues, Publicist Says

July 2, 2013

Jennifer Lopez wouldn't have performed a private concert for an audience including the president of Turkmenistan last weekend had she been aware of the country's record on human rights, her publicist said in a statement reported by Reuters. Lopez...

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Nicki Minaj Leaving 'American Idol'

May 15, 2013

Nicki Minaj will follow Randy Jackson and leave American Idol after this season. Us Weekly reports that the rapper will focus on touring, business deals and her next album, and that she had only ever planned to judge a single season of the competition...

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The 10 Most-Robbed Contestants of ‘American Idol’ Season 12

May 13, 2013

"American Idol" Season 12 is at long last limping to its May 16 finish line, and while either Kree Harrison or Candice Glover will make a fine winner, there are many shocked people out there who think third-place finalist Angie Miller was robbed. However,...

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'American Idol' Finds Peace In The South (Sort Of)

January 28, 2013

This is where it all happened," host Ryan Seacrest ominously intoned at the start of last Wednesday's "American Idol" episode. Ryan, of course, was referring to Charlotte, North Carolina, the infamous audition city where catfighting alpha-female judges...

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Alicia Keys Set to Sing Super Bowl Anthem

January 18, 2013

Alicia Keys will perform the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVII, the Associated Press reports. Last year's anthem was sung by Kelly Clarkson, and past singers have included Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Cher, Barry...

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'American Idol' Is Back: Five Reasons to Watch

January 15, 2013

On January 16th, American Idol returns for its 12th season – and it won't take fans very long to see that the Fox staple has shaken things up radically. Who could blame the Idol team for taking risks? The judges didn't click with each other or the...

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