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(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NJ Gov. Christie appearing Monday with LettermanNEW YORK (AP) _ New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will soon be crossing the Hudson River to appear on "Late Show with David Letterman." CBS says the colorful, outspoken Christie will make his first appearance with Letterman on Monday.
Jennifer Hudson to sing with Sandy Hook chorusNEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Jennifer Hudson will join the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing "America the Beautiful" before Sunday's Super Bowl game. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday that the Grammy and Oscar-winning singer would join the Sandy Hook chorus. It features 26 children from the school in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in a Dec. 14 shooting rampage.
Lohan seeks $1M from company over fashion lineLOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lindsay Lohan sued her former collaborators on a clothing line on Thursday, seeking more than $1.1 million and renewed control of the brand's trademarks. The lawsuit claims a clothing manufacturer who previously worked with Lohan continues to sell items under the actress' 6126 Collection, which started out as a legging brand and had ambitions to expand into other clothing items.
Grohl's 'Sound City' film explores human elementLOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) _ Rock musician Dave Grohl set out to make a recording studio the subject of his first-ever film. He was intrigued not only by the studio but by a specific piece of recording equipment _ a 1970s era sound board _ that captured every note of music made there. Geek city, right It sounds like an idea any sane moviegoer would run from.
Producer behind fun. takes center stage at GrammysNEW YORK (AP) _ When music producer Jeff Bhasker _ the mastermind behind fun.'s breakthrough _ had thoughts of becoming a musician, the high school student in the jazz band figured he would play keyboard for a talented singer looking to carve a space in the musical universe. "In the jazz world you become a side man, say with like Miles Davis. You become Miles Davis' keyboard player and then you learn from Miles, and then you have your own group," he explained.
Underdog 'Argo' continues on charmed Oscar pathLOS ANGELES (AP) _ Some years, Academy Awards voters just want to feel right about themselves, their industry, their country. And maybe honor one of their own who hasn't always shared in the love of his peers. That could explain why Ben Affleck's "Argo" has gone from best-picture longshot to Oscar favorite over such competitors as Steven Spielberg's stately but talky Civil War portrait "Lincoln" or Kathryn Bigelow's brilliant yet contentious CIA thriller "Zero Dark Thirty."
Tommy Mottola apologizes to Mariah in 'Hitmaker'NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Behind Mariah, Michael and the constellation of stars at arguably the most successful record label in history stood a man who didn't often talk to the media or explain his motivations. Now, a decade after leaving Sony Music Entertainment, Tommy Mottola tells his story in a new book, "Hitmaker: The Man and His Music." He apologizes for the fallout from his marriage to Mariah Carey. He explains the label's behind-the-scenes support for Michael Jackson as the singer's life and career took one strange turn after another. And he traces the arc of the music business as it evolved over the course of his lifetime _ from Elvis to the iPod.
Beyonce just 1 of many stars at Super BowlNEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The entertainment leading up to the Super Bowl is so A-list, Beyonce may not even have the most anticipated performance surrounding the big game. Justin Timberlake is due to give his first major musical performance in four years. Stevie Wonder is performing for the masses at an outdoor concert. CeeLo Green is reuniting with his old hip-hop clique, Goodie Mob, and Rascal Flatts is teaming up with Journey for a concert. Those represent only a fraction of the all-star events to celebrate the Super Bowl.
Beyonce admits Inauguration Day pre-recordingNEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Beyonce faced the music at a news conference Thursday before the Super Bowl, admitting that she sang along to a pre-recorded track when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day. The singer said she's a "perfectionist" and wanted her performance for President Barack Obama to be memorable. She called the day "emotional."
Frank Ocean, Maroon 5, Keys to perform at GrammysNEW YORK (AP) _ All five nominees for album of the year at this year's Grammys will perform at the awards show next month. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that R&B singer Frank Ocean will join Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Jack White and fun. at the Grammys, to take place live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.
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