Nick Cannon is adding another MC gig to his resume. The America’s Got Talent host will serve as morning drive host on CBS Radio’s top 40 New York station 92.3 NOW (WXRK-FM). Cannon’s show will feature music, celebrity interviews, pop culture and lifestyle talk. Cannon begins his show Jan. 19.
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A New York federal court reinstated an antitrust lawsuit that accuses major record labels of fixing prices and terms for music to be sold over the Internet, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs said that they entered into joint ventures and licensing that, in effect, created artificial price floors for downloaded music and wholesale prices of 70 cents per song when competitor’s distributed their music. Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann, one of three judges on the panel, said, “Some form of agreement among defendants would have been needed to render the enterprises profitable.”
Madonna’s recent “Sticky & Sweet” tour is set for release on DVD, Blu-Ray, and CD on March 30, according to a release from Live Nation. The release of the concert, which the live music company claims was the most successful tour by a solo artist in history and was seen by more than 3.5 million people in 32 countries, will include many of Madonna’s hits, including “4 Minutes,” “Like a Prayer,” “Hung Up,” and “Ray of Light.” The version that will be released was filmed on the singer’s stop in Buenos Aires, which included Madonna’s performing Evita hit “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” The DVD will also feature 30 minutes of footage from backstage on the tour.
According to Forbes, music duo Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles earned $122 million between June 2008 and June 2009, landing them atop the publication’s annual Top-Earning Couples list in Hollywood for the second year in a row. The couple married quietly in 2008 and are responsible for everything from music (“Single Ladies” and “Empire State of Mind”) to clothing lines, worldwide tours, and product endorsements (for companies including American Express and Budweiser). Forbes reports that Beyoncé brought in $87 million of the couple’s cash to Jay-Z’s $35 million.
The runners-up? Harrison Ford and girlfriend Calista Flockhart, who earned a combined $69 million during the same time period.
The Gay & Lesbian Against Defamation, better known as GLAAD, announced nominations for its 21st Annual Media Awards, and the list includes everything from Glee and Modern Family in the Outstanding Comedy Series category to Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, and True Blood for Outstanding Drama Series to A Single Man and Precious in the Outstanding Film category, according to the release on the organization’s website. Other notable nominees include I Love You, Man in film; Brothers & Sisters, Skins, GREEK, United States of Tara, Private Practice, Parks & Recreation, The Amazing Race 15, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, The Real World: Brooklyn, RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tyra Banks Show, The Joy Behar Show, All My Children, and One Life to Live in various television categories; Lady Gaga, Gossip and Adam Lambert in music.
Additionally, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon will be honored for her advocacy of marriage equality at the New York awards ceremony on March 13 with the Vito Russo Award.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Polaroid announced that Lady Gaga will become a “creative director and inventor of specialty products” for the company. “The Haus of Gaga has been developing prototypes in the vein of fashion /technology /photography innovation,” Gaga said in a statement to People. “I am so excited to extend myself behind the scenes as a designer and to – as my father puts it – finally, have a real job.” Gaga is expected to make an appearance at CES today.
Lady Gaga, Green Day, Pink, Dave Matthews Band, and Zac Brown Band will perform at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. The all-star line-up was announced today via the Recording Academy’s official Twitter page. The Grammys will take place on January 31 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be aired live on CBS. The telecast will also include performances from such nominees as Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, and Taylor Swift.
A Florida-based child abuse prevention organization is pushing the NFL not to allow Pete Townshend to perform with his band the Who at the Super Bowl halftime show because of Townshend’s 2003 arrest for accessing a child-porn website in 1999. At the time, Townshend admitted to viewing child pornography online but said he did so only as research for a book, inspired in part by his own dim memories of being sexually abused as a child. “I am angry about child porn on the Internet, and deeply wounded at the inference that I might be a pedophile,” he told UK newspaper The Sun in 2003. Police determined Townshend was not in possession of any child pornography and issued him a formal caution. His name was also listed on a national registry of sex offenders for five years.
The NFL says it is not changing the halftime show line-up. In a written response to Child AbuseWatch, Joe Browne, executive vice president of communications and public affairs for the league, stood by the performer. “We are aware that Mr. Townshend was arrested…[but] do not believe that charges were ever filed…. Mr. Townshend has a long history of involvement with charity work as well as being a champion of children’s charities,” he wrote. Super Bowl XLIV is Feb. 7.
Singer Chris Cornell, former frontman of the ’90s Seattle grunge band Soundgarden, confirmed via Twitter that the band is getting back together. “The 12 year break is over & school is back in session,” Cornell tweeted. “Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!” Cornell provided a link to a new web site, Soundgarden World, which enables fans to sign up for further updates on the band’s reunion. Soundgarden split up in 1997 and Cornell went on to release three solo albums, but in recent years he and other former band mates had hinted at the possibility of an eventual reunion.
Singer Van Morrison has denied widely circulated media reports that he recently became a father to a third child, saying that a hacker posted a false announcement on his web site, vanmorrison.com. On Tuesday, a statement briefly appeared on the 64-year-old Morrison’s official web site announcing the birth of George Ivan Morrison and claiming the baby was “the spitting image of his daddy” and was the child of a woman named Gigi Lee. The story was picked up and reported as fact by various news outlets. Morrison, who is married to Michelle Morrison, with whom he has two children, said in a statement, “The comments which appeared on my site did not come from me. They are completely and utterly without foundation.” Noting that this is the second time in the past three months that his site has been hacked, Morrison has asked his management to investigate the matter.
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