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  • 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.

  • (Following Advance for Use Wednesday, December 31)

    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…

  • (Following Advance for Use Tuesday, December 30)

    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…

  • (Following Advance for Use Monday, December 29)

    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…

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment came when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the…