Sunday night’s BET Awards, featuring Kanye West’s comeback performance and Chris Brown’s emotional Michael Jackson tribute, delivered a strong 7.4 million viewers. The telecast garnered the highest ratings for a cable awards show in the 18-49 demographic, and is the second highest-rated event ever on BET, behind last year’s telecast.
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Perez Hilton is losing advertisers two days after posting a revealing photo of 17-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus on his blog, reports MSNBC. A banner for ABC’s The View has been pulled from the blogger’s site over the scandal, which began when Hilton posted a photo that depicted Cyrus getting out of a car without underwear. (Hilton later said that the picture was a fake.) Cyrus has not yet issued a statement on the matter.
Jimmy Dean, the country music icon and famous sausage entrepreneur, died in his home in Henrico County, Virginia, on Sunday at the age of 81, the Associated Press reports. Dean’s wife, Donna Meade Dean, told the AP that her husband had suffered some health problems, but nothing that indicated he was near death. He was eating in front of the television this evening, and his wife left the room. When she returned, he was unresponsive. She told the AP that he was pronounced dead at 7:54 p.m.
Dean’s biggest country music hit was “Big Bad John,” a 1961 classic about a coal miner who saves his co-workers when the mine collapses, and it earned Dean a Grammy award.
The singer, who was born in 1928 in Plainview, Texas, grew up to have his own television show, first on CBS and then on ABC in the 1960s. In 1969 he founded The Jimmy Dean Meat Co., and for many years served as the folksy voice and friendly face of Jimmy Dean sausage in national television commercials. He sold his company to Sara Lee in 1984. In 2003 he got into a public battle with the company when it fired him as the brand’s spokesman.
Last year, a fire destroyed Dean’s home on his 200-acre estate outside Richmond. He and his wife had only recently moved back into their rebuilt house. His wife told the AP that he liked boating and watching the sun set over the James River.
Dean had just been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this February. He is survived by his wife, three children, and two grandchildren. Dean’s wife said the memorial service would be private.
Joe Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, announced that he will renew efforts to build a $300 million museum and performing arts center in honor of his son in the family’s hometown of Gary, Ind., reports the Associated Press. According to Jackson, the project, dubbed the Jackson Family Museum and Hotel and the Michael Jackson Performing Arts and Cultural Center and Theaters, will be funded by the Jackson Family Foundation and the city of Gary. However, a lack of financial details has made some locals skeptical that the idea will ever get off the ground. Michael Jackson originally announced plans for the center in 2003 but made no real progress toward creating it before his death and left no provisions for it in his will. “The Estate of Michael Jackson was never consulted about, nor is it involved in, the Jackson Family museum being proposed in Gary, Indiana,” Jackson’s lawyer said in a statement to the AP. Neither Joe Jackson nor Gary Mayor Rudy Clay provided specifics on how much money the city of Gary and the Jackson Family Foundation would be able to put into the project.
John Mayer has cancelled shows in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Madrid and Manchester this week due to illness, the singer-songwriter announced on his website yesterday. The short statement goes on to say that Mayer is returning to the U.S., and “a full recovery is expected under a doctor’s supervision.”
The music industry just scored a huge victory against piracy on Tuesday, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood has ruled that peer-to-peer file sharing company LimeWire is guilty of “inducing copyright infringement, committed copyright infringement, and practiced unfair competition.” Wood also said that LimeWire’s move asking users to not infringe copyrights did “not constitute meaningful efforts to mitigate infringement.”
“This definitive ruling is an extraordinary victory for the entire creative community,” Recording Industry Association of America chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol said in a statement. “Unlike other P2P (peer to peer) services that negotiated licenses, imposed filters or otherwise chose to discontinue their illegal conduct following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Grokster case, LimeWire instead thumbed its nose at the law and creators. The court’s decision is an important milestone in the creative community’s fight to reclaim the Internet as a platform for legitimate commerce.”
Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, John Legend and other musical artists will perform this Sunday, May 16, in New Orleans, at a special Gulf Aid benefit concert to raise funds to protect the Gulf’s wetlands from the ongoing oil spill and provide financial assistance to fisherman and their families affected by the environmental disaster. Kravitz tweeted, “I’ve come home to New Orleans to lend my support to fishermen & wildlife.” The 10-hour show begins at noon at the Mardi Gras World’s River City Plaza.
CMT Music Award nominations: Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum lead the pack
Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood led this morning’s CMT Music Award nominations pulling in three nods each. Winners will be announced in a live ceremony, hosted by Kid Rock, on CMT June 9 at 8 p.m. ET. [Read our (delayed) reaction on the Music Mix blog.] READ FULL STORY
Peter Lopez, the husband of Catherine Bach — who played Daisy Duke in the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard — was found dead on the front lawn of his home with Bach in Encino, the L.A. Times reports. Police arrived at the scene to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Lopez was a music attorney who had worked with Michael Jackson.
following a brain hemorrhage, has suffered a setback in his condition, according to his official website. Tests indicate that, as a side effect of the bleeding in his brain, Michaels is suffering from hyponatremia, an abnormally low level of sodium in the body fluids, which can lead to seizures. Michaels remains in critical but stable condition and is continuing to undergo tests. “With further testing and rehabilitation, [doctors] are hopeful that Bret will gradually improve as the blood surrounding the brain dissolves and is reabsorbed into his system, which can be a very painful recovery and take several weeks to months,” says the latest statement posted to Michaels’ website. “Michaels remains under 24-hour observation in the ICU and is in positive spirits. He is responding well to tests and treatments. Even though today was a minor setback, doctors remain hopeful for a full recovery and plan to release more specific information next Monday.”Rocker Bret Michaels, who has been hospitalized since Thursday
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