News Ticker: Taylor Swift, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Pussycat Dolls

March 3, 2010 8:43 AM ET


  • Taylor Swift picked up five Academy of Country Music Awards nominations, including a nod for the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Recent chart superstars Lady Antebellum earned the most nominations, however, with seven, and Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert both tied with six. The ceremony will be held April 18th in Las Vegas.


    CBS is continuing to mine classic rock for its prime-time dramas. The March 21st episode of Cold Case will feature only Pink Floyd songs, including "Hey You," "Comfortably Numb," "Mother," "Marooned," "Time," "The Thin Ice" and "Wish You Were Here."


    David Bowie has spoken out about the potential demise of the BBC's 6 Music station, its outlet for smaller-known bands. Reuters reports the Thin White Duke issued a statement on his Website that reads, "6 Music keeps the spirit of broadcasters like John Peel alive and for new artists to lose this station would be a great shame."


    Lead Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger announced she's joining the cast of ABC's Dancing With the Stars yesterday, and now two Dolls have left the group. Ashley Roberts and Kimberley Wyatt are quitting to pursue acting and happiness, respectively, the BBC reports.


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