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  • Donny and Marie Osmond extend Las Vegas show dates

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sibling singers Donny and Marie Osmond will be singing at the Flamingo Las Vegas at least through the end of 2015. Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced Monday that the duo has signed…

  • British singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of “With a Little Help From My Friends,” the teary ballad “You Are So Beautiful” and a contorted performing style…

  • Renee Fleming to make Broadway debut in ‘Living on Love’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Opera star Renee Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring, playing — what else? — an opera star. The four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano will star in the comedy “Living on…

  • Celeb birthdays for the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3

    Dec. 28: Comic book creator Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” ”The Incredible Hulk”) is 92. Actor Martin Milner (“Adam 12,” ”Route 66″) is 83. Actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) is 82. Actress Maggie Smith is 80. Saxophonist…

  • Biggest pop culture moments of 2014

    A look back at the biggest pop culture moments of 2014.

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    MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP ———————————— ! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY ! ———————————— On December 31st, 1943, a near-riot of bobby-soxers in Times Square in New York greeted Frank Sinatra’s singing…

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    MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP ———————————— ! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY ! ———————————— On December 30th, 1944, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys made their first appearance on the Grand Ole…

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    MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP ———————————— ! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY ! ———————————— On December 29th, 1955, 13-year-old Barbra Streisand made her first recording, “You’ll Never Know.” In 1957, singers Steve…

  • (Following Advance for Use Sunday, December 28)

    MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP – MORNING PREP ———————————— ! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY ! ———————————— On December 28th, 1968, the first big East Coast rock festival opened in Miami. Performers at the Miami…

  • German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies

    BERLIN (AP) — Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80…

  • Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

    LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. The couple converted their civil bond under new…

  • Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh

    NEW YORK (AP) — Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top? On runways, Marc Jacobs sent up-and-comer Kendall Jenner out during February’s New…

  • Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

    Just for fun, let’s try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image. We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.” Suddenly a…

  • Year’s top song is Beyonce, Sia’s ‘Pretty Hurts’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press’ top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again. 1. “Pretty Hurts,” Beyonce: Contemporary music’s top singer and songwriter…

  • Year’s top album is Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press’ top albums of 2014 list: 1. “In the Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith: Sam Smith’s album was an emotional roller coaster…