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LADY ANTEBELLUM: HILLARY SCOTT EXPECTING
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Hillary Scott is calling it "our Christmas gift." The Lady Antebellum singer is expecting a baby. Scott went public with the news on Twitter — and a spokeswoman confirmed the news. It's the first child for Scott and her husband, Chris Tyrrell. It will also be the first child for any member of the trio, which includes Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. Lady A will attend tonight's American Country Awards. Later Scott tweeted that she was off to bed because "this growing a baby thing makes ya sleepy!"
Lady Antebellum site: http://ladyantebellum.com
JENNIFER NETTLES: SUGARLAND SINGER GIVES BIRTH
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Jennifer Nettles is a new mom. The Sugarland singer gave birth to a son named Magnus Hamilton Miller this past Thursday. It's the first child for the singer and husband Justin Miller. In a statement, Nettles says she's thankful for the prayers and support the family has received — and is "excited to take some time together as a new family." The couple marked their one-year wedding anniversary next month. Sugarland is off the road these days — but you can catch Nettles hosting ABC's pre-recorded CMA Country Christmas on December 20.
Sugarland site: http://www.sugarland.com
PSY: SORRY FOR ANTI-AMERICAN PROTESTS
UNDATED (AP) — Looks like PSY was biting the hand that feeds him — even before it started feeding him. The South Korean rapper who became an Internet sensation with his song "Gangnam Style" now says he's sorry for taking part in anti-U.S. protests several years ago. Park Jae-sang came out with a statement of regret after it was revealed he was involved in concerts protesting the U.S. military presence in South Korea in the early stages of the Iraq war. At a concert in 2004, the rapper performs a song with lyrics about killing "Yankees" including the lyrics: "Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully." PSY now says he's "deeply sorry" and that his language was "inappropriate." PSY attended college in the U.S. and has even performed in front American servicemen and women.
WASHINGTON (AP) — PSY was on the bill last night and performed for President Barack Obama and the first family. The 31st annual "Christmas in Washington" concert also featured Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and Megan Hilty, from NBC's "Smash." Conan O'Brien hosted for the second year. President Obama told the crowd the concert is "a chance to get in the Christmas spirit, spread some joy and sing along with artists who have much better voices than we do." The concert benefits the Children's National Medical Center and will air on December 21 on TNT.
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NOTORIOUS B.I.G.: AUTOPSY REPORT RELEASED, FAMILY UPSET
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been sealed for years. But the autopsy report on Notorious B.I.G. doesn't tell us much more than we already know about the rapper who was gunned down in a Los Angeles drive by shooting in 1997. The report says while Biggie was hit four times — the injuries caused by a single bullet were what killed the rapper. The autopsy says one of the four shots that hit the rapper struck his heart, left lung and colon. An attorney for the family of Notorious B.I.G. says it's ridiculous that Los Angeles police haven't arrested anyone for the rapper's murder. Perry Sanders Junior says he has been told that police had identified those they believe responsible and that they consider the case "solved." A LAPD spokesman says the killing remains an open investigation. Police have also apologized for releasing the autopsy report before alerting the family, calling that "an administrative error."
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The autopsy report on the 1997 shooting death of a major rap star is now out. AP Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel has the details.
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AP Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Notorious B.I.G.'s family is dismayed by the release of the autopsy report on his 1997 death -- for two reasons.
ROLLING STONES PLAY NEW YORK ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY MINI-TOUR
NEW YORK (AP) — Why do the Rolling Stones keep playing shows? Because people keep showing up. The Stones played in New York Saturday night in one of the few concerts they're doing this year to mark 50 years as a band. Mick Jagger told the audience, "You're the reason we're doing this. Thank you for buying our records and coming to our shows for the last 50 years." Mary J. Blige and Gary Clark Junior were guest musicians. The Stones will also play in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday and Saturday.
ROLLING STONES: PLAYING 12-12-12 SHOW
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rolling Stones are the latest big-name act to join what is already a big-name show. The Stones have signed on for next week's Superstorm Sandy benefit show in New York City. They will perform with other Brit acts The Who and Paul McCartney. Among the others to appear include Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel and Chris Martin. The 12-12-12 show at Madison Square Garden will be available on TV or online to some 2 billion people — and producers say it will be the most widely available live concert ever.
12-12-12 concert site: http://www.121212concert.org
Madison Square Garden site: http://thegarden.com
ROLLING STONES PRESENT LETTERMAN'S TOP TEN LIST TOMORROW
NEW YORK (AP) — Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will present the Top Ten list tomorrow on "Late Show With David Letterman." It will be their first appearance on Letterman's show, but not their first appearance in the Ed Sullivan Theater. They first played that space in 1964 when they performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
TONI BRAXTON: HOSPITALIZED WITH LUPUS ISSUES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — By time you hear about this, Toni Braxton says she hopes to be out of the hospital. The singer was admitted last week to a hospital in Los Angeles because of what she calls "minor health issues" related to lupus. The singer said two years ago she had the potentially deadly autoimmune disease. Braxton also suffers from a narrowing of the blood vessels to her heart. In a Friday tweet, Braxton told her fans "no worries" and that she will be released "any day now." Braxton is 45 — and said in a recent ABC interview that having lupus means she won't be able to perform as much as she used to — and that the disease helped push her into a recent bankruptcy.
Toni Braxton site: http://tonibraxton.com
DRUMMER ED CASSIDY OF SPIRIT DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The drummer for the band Spirit has died. The Los Angeles Times reports Ed Cassidy died Thursday of cancer in San Jose, California. He was 89. Spirit are probably best known for the 1969 hit "I Got A Line On You." Cassidy was an unusual rock star. He shaved his head during a time when nobody did that, earning the nickname "Mr. Skin." He was also significantly older than the rest of the band. He was 46 when "I Got A Line On You" was released. His stepson, Randy California, played guitar in Spirit, and the entire band lived together for a period.
RICK ROSS: TOUR CANCELED
NEW YORK (AP) — Rick Ross has called off the rest of his Maybach Music Tour. It was supposed to run through Sunday but this week's shows have been canceled. Ross' representatives tell AllHipHop.com it's because of "apparent lack of organization and communication by the tour promoter." Promoters in Greensboro and Charlotte, North Carolina, called off the shows. Ross promises he'll make up the dates.
MIGUEL: GETTING SOME GRAMMY LOVE
ATLANTA (AP) — This time last year, people checking out the Grammy nominations were surprised when Miguel was shut out — because he had last year's most popular R&B song with "Sure Thing." But the singer says he wasn't really fazed by that. And it seems the Grammy people are looking his way now — because he ended up with five nods last week — including song of the year for "Adorn." Miguel says last year's experience taught him — or reminded him — that nominations and awards are "icing on the cake." He says the real thrill is that people "are actually listening to the music." He says he's humbled by his nominations — as much as he was by last year's snub.
Miguel site: http://www.officialmiguel.com
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: THE SOUND OF THE LIGHTS
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become the unofficial soundtrack to hundreds of Christmas lights displays. TSO's Paul O'Neill says that all started with Carson Williams of Mason, Ohio, who synched his holiday lights to TSO's "Wizards in Winter" in 2004. Video of the display went viral, and O'Neill called Williams to offer $5,000 in thanks. Williams told O'Neill he was expecting the call, but his wife had said it would be a cease-and-desist order and they'd lose the house. O'Neill says since then, even major cities use TSO music in their holiday displays.
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Paul O'Neill, musician with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, in AP interview
Paul O'Neill of Trans-Siberian Orchestra says he called Carson Williams after video of his Christmas lights synched to TSO music went viral.
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Paul O'Neill of Trans-Siberian Orchestra says when he offered a check to Carson Williams to thank him for promoting their music so well, Williams was surprised. ((note length of cut))
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Paul O'Neill, musician with Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Paul O'Neill of Trans-Siberian Orchestra says since Carson Williams' display, certain homeowners knock themselves out with bigger holiday displays. ((note length of cut))
3 DOORS DOWN EXTEND TOUR WITH DAUGHTRY
CHICAGO (AP) — Singer Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down says when you find a tour that's successful, you just want to keep going. The 3 Doors Down/Daughtry tour has announced more dates in the new year. Arnold says the show works because they have common fans. He says it's also a clean show, so parents don't have to worry about their kids hearing bad language from the stage. Check www.3DoorsDown.com for details on the new dates.
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Brad Arnold, singer for 3 Doors Down
Singer Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down says they're excited about extending the tour with Daughtry.
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Brad Arnold, singer for 3 Doors Down
Singer Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down says they came up with a good combination in touring with Daughtry.
NEW JERSEY CONSIDERS "CLARENCE CLEMONS DAY"
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state Senate committee is considering designating January 11 Clarence Clemons Day in New Jersey. That's Clemons' birthday, and he would have been 70 this year. Governor Chris Christie, a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen, plans to sign the proclamation if approved.
LEE GREENWOOD APPEARS ON "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION"
NASHVILLE (AP) — Lee Greenwood will perform on tonight's edition of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." He sings "God Bless The U.S.A" for a wounded Iraq War veteran and his wife.
by Margie Szaroleta and Oscar Wells Gabriel II