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Sony Had ‘Top Secret’ Plan to Sell Music Publishing Division Including Beatles Rights

24 December 2014 6:13 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony had secretly planned to sell off its music publishing division made up of Sony/Atv Music Publishing and Emi Music Publishing, according to leaked emails revealed as part of the massive Sony hack.

That side of its business is commonly known for being in a partnership with Michael Jackson’s estate, which famously owns the publishing writes to The Beatles music.

Also Read: Sony Hack Attack Timeline: From First Cyberbreach and Leaks to ‘The Interview’ Release (Photos)

Sony Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Michael Lynton shepherded the “top secret” plan, alongside Sony Corp. of America President Nicole Seligman and U. »

- Tony Maglio

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Jimmy Fallon, One Direction and The Roots Perform "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"

23 December 2014 6:05 AM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

If this doesn't get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will!Jimmy Fallon enlisted One Direction and The Roots for a festive sing-a-long on "The Tonight Show" on Monday night. Decked out in their ugliest Christmas sweaters, the boybanders performed an impressive rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," with each of the guys taking a different classroom instrument for their musical mash-up. Harry Styles and Niall Horan sat front and center with the late night host, as the 1D boys took turns singing parts of the classic song (Zayn Malik on the triangle, Liam Payne playing the coconuts and Louis Tomlinson on a pink tambourine).The best part? Fallon busted out a 12-year-old Michael Jackson impression during the back half of the tune. Watch the festive performance above! Read more »

- tooFab Staff

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30 Pop Culture Hits That Turned 30 This Year

22 December 2014 10:54 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Time for some good, old-fashioned '80s nostalgia! In 1984, a crop of now-classic sitcoms were just starting up, Michael Jackson was recovering from a traumatizing Pepsi commercial, and Eddie Murphy was in the year's highest-grossing film. It's hard to believe it's been three decades since Mr. Miyagi advised, "Wax on, wax off," but it's true. Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? There's a picture of young Alex Trebek along the way, and you will not be disappointed. Source: Universal Pictures »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Holiday Music Playlist: 30-Plus Songs to Listen to While Wrapping Presents

20 December 2014 7:36 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Overwhelmed with the amount of presents to wrap this holiday season? No problem! Grab a cup of coco and ease your worries with this holiday playlist by L.A.-based DJ William Lifestyle. Smith has previously teamed up with Brody Jenner and often entertains at Hollywood's Bootsy Bellows and Hooray Henry's. He's also performed with The Wanted, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, and Soulja Boy. The 30-plus tunes include seasonal classics by the Jackson 5, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra. While snipping away at ribbons and bows, listeners can also [...] »

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Conrad Murray -- Crime and Bunishment

19 December 2014 7:50 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Conrad Murray's locked up and loving it -- he's grown his hair out so long that he's gone next level ... the man bun.Michael Jackson's doc enjoyed a lunch date Thursday in Miami with his gf Nicole Alvarez. It might beat a ponytail -- but still ... you'd have to be heavily sedated to rock that 'do in public. Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Christmas Day's best TV

19 December 2014 7:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Nick Frost guest stars as the Doctor is back to save Christmas, Downton Abbey host a somewhat subdued festive affair and Miranda Hart is caught up between two proposals. Plus: Michael McIntyre’s getting very Christmassy, Jonas Armstrong is all at sea in The Whale and a high-flying tribute to Michael Jackson from Cirque Du Soleil

Henry VIII created the royal gardens by removing commoners from central London and turning it into a private park. If Alan Titchmarsh recognises any parallels with modern London, he’s not saying. This rummage around in Her Majesty’s foliage isn’t that sort of show. The Queen’s garden is huge enough to be host to everything from deer to football pitches and Titchmarsh explores it with the deference of a true courtier. Ten minutes earlier it’s Her Maj’s annual message to her subjects, also shown on BBC1 and Sky1. Phil Harrison

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- Guardian Staff

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The 15 Best Music Videos of 2014

16 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

1. Perfume Genius, "Queen" Directed by Cody Critcheloe, the video for Perfume Genius's first single off Too Bright is so strange and wonderful that it requires multiple viewings to fully comprehend. Even after all that, you still might end up with nothing, and maybe that's the point. 2. Fka Twigs, "Video Girl" It was nearly impossible to pick just one Fka Twigs video for this list. "Two Weeks" flirts on the line between sexy and scary, a twisted version of Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time." But "Video Girl" is straight-up scary, with Twigs gyrating atop the body of a recently deceased prisoner minutes after watching his death by lethal injection. If you're anything like me, I'll bet you haven't felt uncomfortable like this in quite some time.  3. Sia, "Chandelier" Maddie Ziegler (previously of Lifetime's Dance Moms fame), the young girl who stars in Sia's "Chandelier," was everywhere in 2014: She danced on Kimmel, »

- Lindsey Weber

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Why Blue Ivy Was the Breakout Star of 2014

15 December 2014 5:17 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Don’t get us wrong, Blue Ivy had a pretty good 2013. Her mom (that’d be Beyoncé) released a surprise album and Blue featured on the song “Blue” and starred in the music video:

But 2014 was the year she went from the back of a head in some of Beyoncé’s Tumblr pictures to Blue Ivy, breakout star of the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards, frequent flier, and premiere Michael Jackson impersonator.

Photos: Check out all of Blue Ivy’s most adorable moments here!

My Super Sweet 2nd Birthday: Blue Ivy may have had an extravagant 1st birthday party — we wouldn’t know, our invite got lost in the mail — but this year she really upped her bday (or B’day) game and had an entire zoo rented for her private party, the Jungle Island wildlife park and botanical garden in Miami.


And one party simply would not be enough for Blue. Maybe in 2013, but »

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The X Factor: See the full Digital Spy reader vote statistics for 2014

15 December 2014 4:26 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

One of the most interesting parts of the annual X Factor jamboree is picking through the voting statistics when it's all done and dusted.

We found out on Sunday night (December 14) that while Andrea Faustini topped the first three weeks of the official vote, Ben Haenow edged him out in week four and stayed there until the end, increasing his tally each week on his way to victory.

While our own on-site vote has been pretty solid for predicting which candidate will be eliminated, what's most striking is how much better Fleur East did with Digital Spy readers than the wider public.

Below, we present the full Digital Spy voting stats for the year gone by, along with a table for you fans of data journalism.

Week 1 - Number #1s

Week 2 - '80s Hits

Week 3 - Songs from the Movies

Week 4 - Fright Night

Week 5 - Queen vs Michael Jackson »

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The X Factor: What did the judges say about the Grand Finale, Night 2?

14 December 2014 1:31 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The long and winding road that is The X Factor came to an end on Sunday (December 14) as Ben Haenow and Fleur East competed for glory.

Digital Spy rounds up what Simon Cowell, Cheryl, Mel B and Louis Walsh had to say about the Grand Finale performances – and if you missed the show, you can catch up with all the songs below, too:

Round One:

1. Ben Haenow: 'Man in the Mirror' by Michael Jackson

Mel B: "I started off in this competition not too sure about you. You grew on me each week. You became the artist and the superstar you are today… That was a job well bloody done!"

Cheryl: "I wouldn't change a thing about you right now. I applaud you for your courage to follow your dream. I hope tonight is a chance for you to achieve it."

2. Fleur East: 'Uptown »

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10 Weirdest Michael Jackson Statues You Won’t Believe

14 December 2014 9:45 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Official Michael Jackson Opus

The King of Pop was born in Gary, Indiana and grew up alongside his nine siblings. Under the tutelage and rough guidance of his father, he would become an international sensation forging a 45-year career. His 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, and the video was rather impressive as well, featuring Michael Jackson as a hip-shaking zombie and fluffy werewolf/werecat.

Jackson’s behaviours, song lyrics and his ever-changing appearance were the cause of many controversies throughout his life. Beginning in the mid-1990s, his life would be overshadowed by allegations of child molestation. He settled out of court on one accusation and was brought up on separate charges in 2005. He was acquitted in that case.

No matter what one believes about Jackson’s personal life, the sheer fact remains that he was one of the most popular performers the world has ever seen. »

- Susan

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Who Won 2014: Blue Ivy Carter or North West?

14 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Their parents spent 2014 running the world, but don’t think that stopped these tiny tots from doing the same. Blue Ivy Carter and North West were obviously the most influential celebrity babies of the last year, but the question remains: Who is the queen?

Beyoncé and Jay-z‘s little woman straight up show-stopped at the 2014 MTV VMAs, while Kim and Kanye’s mini diva hung with models at Paris Fashion Week. We’ve broken down their years by categories to decide which kid truly dominated 2014.

1. Stealing headlines from their parents.

Blue was the VMAs this year. She dropped the “Flawless” dance in the audience and helped present her mommy’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, making us forget about the 16 minutes of Bey perfection that had happened beforehand (which is nearly impossible).

[Photo Credit: MTV]

[Photo Credit: MTV]

Can you remember what the designers showed during Paris Fashion Week? We were too busy obsessing over one-year-old North, »

- Taylor Ferber

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X Factor 2014 finalist: Andrea Faustini

12 December 2014 10:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Name: Andrea Faustini

Age: 20

Job: Student

From: Rome, Italy

Category - Mentor: Boys - Mel B

Fast fact: Andrea is a massive Spice Girls fan. And he likes pugs.

What he said: [If he won] "I would buy a car, maybe. I'm not very good at driving so just a small one, to start with."


Room Audition: 'Who's Lovin' You' by The Miracles/Jackson 5

Cheryl: "I'm lovin' you! Seriously, that was unbelievable. Your little Spice Girls doll, I'm like, 'okay'. Then you sung and I was like, 'Oh my god'. You know what, biggest example why to not judge a book by its cover. That told me."

Arena Audition: 'Try A Little Tenderness' by Otis Redding

Louis: "It's moments like this and somebody like you that makes this job worthwhile. I loved every single note of that, and you've got so much soul."

Cheryl: "You sang with every bit of passion, »

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X Factor 2014 finalist: Fleur East

12 December 2014 10:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Name: Fleur East

Age: 26

Job: Singer

From: East London

Category - Mentor: Overs - Simon

Fast fact: Fleur East was part of Addictive Ladies, who were on the live shows all the way back in 2005. She also features on DJ Fresh's 'Turn It Up'.

What she said: [On makeovers] "I hope they won't touch my hair! I came into the competition with my own style. Maybe they can redo the roots or something, another colour, we'll see. But I'm open to whatever."


Room Audition: Unbroadcast

Arena Audition: 'Fine China' by Chris Brown

Simon: "You were like a different artist. I really, really liked that."

Mel B: "For me, for that audition that's a definite Yes. That's a slam dunk."

Boot Camp: 'Paper Planes' by Mia

Cheryl: "I think you've got something."

Simon: "You've pulled out your best performance right at the end. This is »

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X Factor 2014 finalist: Ben Haenow

12 December 2014 10:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Name: Ben Haenow

Age: 29

Job: Van driver

From: Croydon

Category - Mentor: Overs - Simon

Fast fact: Ben used to be in a band with his brother called The Lost Audio

What she said: "All my heroes are dead, man! Robert Plant, from Led Zep. If I could have a dead one it'd be Otis Redding. The guy has an amazing voice."


Room Audition: 'Ain't No Sunshine' by Bill Withers

Cheryl: "I really like the tone of your voice and that real, genuine grit. It's an authentic sound."

Mel B: "Your voice is absolutely killer. I loved it."

Arena Audition: 'Wild Horses' by The Rolling Stones

Simon: "Ben, what can I say, you picked an amazing song. You've got a brilliant rock voice. I can't believe it hasn't happened to you before this, but this is your moment."

Mel B: "Well that was intense. You've just got it. »

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The X Factor: Find out Andrea, Ben and Fleur's final songs

12 December 2014 6:32 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's confirmed! The X Factor final song list is here - and it's a big one, given that Andrea, Ben and Fleur will all be performing three songs each. And that's on top of their big collaboration with Take That at the beginning of the show!

There's a song to win, a 'song of the series' and a winner's single performance from every act, so read on to find out what you can expect to hear live from Wembley's Sse Arena tomorrow night...

Andrea Faustini

Song to win: 'Feeling Good' (originally by Nina Simone)

Song of the series: 'Earth Song' (originally by Michael Jackson)

Winner's single: 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength' (originally by Whitney Houston)

Ben Haenow

Song to win: 'Demons' (originally by Imagine Dragons)

Song of the series: 'Man in the Mirror' (originally by Michael Jackson)

Winner's single: 'Something I Need' (originally by OneRepublic)

Fleur East »

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15 Silly Things That Have Won Golden Globes

11 December 2014 3:50 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

No one would accuse the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of being a refined institution, but when you think about the kinds of movies, TV shows, actors, and actresses who've ended up with Golden Globes, it's actually staggering how the HFPA has gotten away with maintaining its image as a must-see event. Drunk people at the dais is, I guess, still a sufficient enough reason to tune in. Let's celebrate today's nominations with a fond look back at some silly things that have won Golden Globes. 1. "Green Card" (Best Motion Picture -- Comedy) What a classic. Nothing says "comedic wonderful good times" like Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell mixing it up in an immigration romcom. Fun fact: My aunt saw this movie in Germany, noticed the reaction of the crowd, and was embarrassed on America's behalf. 2. Twiggy (Best Newcomer of the Year, Actress) I love Twiggy! She was great as a »

- Louis Virtel

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Don Mischer Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

11 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s probably just as well that Don Mischer’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be planted in concrete on Dec. 11, since he has run out of space on his mantle for yet another award. The highly decorated producer-director already has 15 Emmys, a record 10 DGA awards, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody and a raft of others.

“My wife doesn’t want any more around the house,” he admits, “so they’re mostly at the office.”

The 74-year-old industry veteran spends as much time at Don Mischer Prods. as ever, and has little interest in either retiring or resting on his laurels, which include some 200 producing and directing credits ranging from the 2009 Obama Inaugural Celebration to the Oscars, the Emmys, the Olympics, the Kennedy Center Honors and the Super Bowl halftime shows starring the likes of Prince, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

Instead, he’s focused on his latest project, »

- Iain Blair

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Justin Timberlake Honors Idol Garth Brooks With Impromptu Singalong

10 December 2014 9:56 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Justin Timberlake paid homage to one of his "idols" during the final leg of his 20/20 Experience World Tour -- and it wasn't Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley.

The 33-year-old singer went off-script at a concert earlier this month in Oklahoma City, honoring his "idol" and country star Garth Brooks with an impressive cover of Brooks' 1990 hit song "Friends in Low Places" one day after meeting the man himself in St. Louis.

Pic: Justin Timberlake Shares First-Ever Photo With Jessica Biel!

Timberlake even posted an Instagram pic on Dec. 4 after attending Brooks' concert, looking as elated as ever! 

Timberlake didn't need much help revving the crowd up for the impromptu singalong.

Watch: Jessica Biel Shows Off Her Dance Moves at a Justin Timberlake Concert

Just watch the video, posted to YouTube by a concertgoer, below to see what we mean.

As his 20/20 Experience World Tour nears its end, wrapping up with back-to-back Las Vegas dates on Jan. 1 and »

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Im Global moves into music

10 December 2014 10:07 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stuart Ford’s company has launched Im Global Music in partnership with music industry executive and former Miramax colleague David Schulhof.

The latter will serve as president and as a partner of the New York and Los Angeles headquartered new business.

Schulhof (pictured at left with Ford) will oversee the creative and business direction of Im Global Music and administration and collection of the music publishing catalogue as well as marketing the catalogue for ancillary revenue opportunities in film, television, advertising and gaming.

The new division will also acquire songwriter catalogues, production libraries and other music-related assets; partner with major record companies to release soundtrack albums; work with established recording artists and songwriters to write and record original film and television songs and scores; and develop music-driven film and television projects.

Prior to launching Im Global Music, Schulhof was managing director at private equity firm G2 Investment Group, overseeing the firm’s media investments such as the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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