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Gregg Allman, EP & Open Road Dropped From 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuit

October 31st, 2014 8:33am EDT
Gregg Allman, EP & Open Road Dropped From 'Midnight Rider' Lawsu
The family of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant killed by a train during the filming of "Midnight Rider," has dropped Gregg Allman, executive producer Michael Lehman and Open Road Films from its civil lawsuit.

Jones, 27, died in Wayne County, Georgia, on Feb. 20 during a scene being filmed on live train tracks. The crew of the film was shooting a scene on a train trestle when the incident occurred, and Jones couldn't escape the oncoming train.

The Hollywood Reporter obtained a statement from the family's attorney, Jeff Harris, who said: "This firm [Harris Penn Lowry LLP] was hired by Rich...
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Taylor Swift To Donate 'Welcome To New York' Profits To Public Schools

October 30th, 2014 12:31pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is helping public schools by donating all the profits from her song "Welcome To New York" to the city's educational institutions.

Swift moved to the Big Apple earlier this year, and the song reflects her experiences since she relocated to the city.

"I love it here. I love it so much and I actually ended up writing a song called 'Welcome to New York' about what it felt like to move here and about how it just felt very, very much like endless possibilities and it feels like being unique is celebrated here," she explained during an interview on "The View" on Wednesday.

"The son...
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Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music

October 30th, 2014 10:31am EDT
Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music
As prognosticated, popular masked metal band Slipknot debut ‘at the penthouse’ on the Billboard 200 selling 132,000 copies of their latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The Gray Chapter is Slipknot’s first new album since 2008, where All Hope Is Gone also landed at the top spot. Of course, like everyone else, Slipknot’s numbers were down – over 100,000 copies down to be exact. Still 132,000 copies is sound in an age where few albums are selling particularly well.

ATL rapper T.I. had a respectable week, selling 80,000 copies of Paperwork. The reason it’s respectable isn’t because of hi...
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Suge Knight & Katt Williams Are In Trouble With The Law Again

October 30th, 2014 9:15am EDT
Suge Knight & Katt Williams Arrested For Stealing A Camera
Hip hop star Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams have been arrested for allegedly stealing a paparazzo's camera back in September. On Wednesday, Knight was taken into custody in Las Vegas, Nevada, while Williams was arrested while appearing in court on a separate case. Both have been charged with one count of robbery.

The pair reportedly took a camera belonging to a female photographer after they chased her down in alley in Beverly Hills, Calif. She had taken photos of them after leaving a recording studio, Sgt. Max Subin told the Los Angeles Times.

It took officials a few weeks to bui...
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The Allman Brothers Band Play Career Ending Concert To Fans At Beacon Theater

October 29th, 2014 2:59pm EDT
The Allman Brothers Band
A music era has ended as The Allman Brothers Band played their last concert ever at New York City's Beacon Theater on Tuesday.

The finale to the group's 45-year career as a band was confirmed by the group’s leader Gregg Allman. Allman confirmed the news last week before the first of their six Beacon shows.

The group has played a series of concerts every years at the Beacon Theater since 1989, totaling 230 concerts in all.

Last night was also the 43rd anniversary of the death of Duane Allman. Several of his guitars were played for the occasion.

The band played three sets in their show, t...
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Taylor Swift Talks About Her BFF Lena Dunham, Writing 'Snarky' Songs

October 29th, 2014 9:11am EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift sat down with David Letterman on Tuesday night and talked about her best friend Lena Dunham and no longer writing "snarky" songs about her ex-boyfriends.

Before they met, the singer initially thought "Girls" star Dunham was making fun of her. "I Googled her and I saw her quoting my lyrics and I thought, she has to be doing that ironically, she has to be making fun of me...I have this big loser complex from school," she told the late night talk show host. "Then we met in person...and we've been best friends ever since."

Dunham had previously told Swift, "I feel like you’ve bee...
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Review: Taylor Swift Delivers Fun, If Flawed Album On ‘1989’

October 28th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Taylor Swift 1989
With a big pop album composed of ‘records,’ there are almost always unavoidable pitfalls. That said contemporary pop is all about having big-time singles that can dominate radio. For pop convert Taylor Swift, 1989 benefits from big records as well as suffers from the aforementioned pitfalls. 1989 is a pop album through and through, and while Swift shows she can hold her own, the effort lacks the character and distinctiveness of her country albums.

“Welcome To New York” definitely doesn’t sound like a typical Taylor Swift album opener – let alone a typical Taylor Swift record for tha...
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Prince To Play 8-Minute Jam Session On 'Saturday Night Live'

October 28th, 2014 11:41am EDT
Prince
Chris Rock had one request when he was signed to hosting duties at "Saturday Night Live" for the Nov.1 show, Prince had to be the musical guest.

Instead of the usual two song sets other musicians play, Prince will play one 8-minute jam in the middle of the show, accompanied by his band 3rdeyegirl. Just because he is Prince, there will be no commercial interruption.3rdeyegirl consists of guitarist Donna Grantis, bassist Ida Neilsen and drummer Hannah Ford Welton.

After 18 years, former "SNL" cast member Chris Rock will return to Studio 8H and will usher Season 40 into the critical November...
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Taylor Swift Named New York City's Global Welcome Ambassador

October 28th, 2014 11:26am EDT
Taylor Swift Global Welcome Ambassador
Taylor Swift is teaming up with NYC & Company to promote the Big Apple. The singer was named a Global Welcome Ambassador and will play a major role in the "Welcome To New York" tourism campaign, which is named after one of the songs from her new album, "1989."

Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, explained, “New York City is a truly welcoming city, and 'Welcome To New York' perfectly exemplifies the unrivaled hospitality, energy and excitement that can be felt throughout all five boroughs.

"We are pleased to work with Taylor Swift to welcome visitors from around the world, as s...
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An Overjoyed Carrie Underwood Reveals Her Baby Due Date

October 28th, 2014 10:37am EDT
An Overjoyed Carrie Underwood Reveals Her Baby Due Date
After months of speculation about when Carrie Underwood would be presenting her impending offspring to the world, the singer revealed on "The View" that she is due in the spring.

The 31-year-old Grammy winner revealed on the talk show that she is overjoyed at the prospect of being a mother.

She stated she can't wait to be "responsible for a tiny human."

While Underwood was seen sporting the tiniest of baby bumps, she seemed in good spririts about the prospect of pregnancy.

She revealed on "Today," "It's still kind of weird, to be honest. Sometimes I'll be with my husband (Mike Fisher) ...
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