The Dr. Conrad Murray documentary Michael Jackson and the Doctor will air this Friday night on MSNBC, despite the harshly worded pleas of the Jackson estate. And like the physician's defense, Murray is sticking with the "Michael killed himself" theory. "Something happened when I was not in that room," Murray said in a pre-verdict interview with Today, once again implying that Jackson administered the fatal dose of the Propofol to himself when Murray left the room to call his many girlfriends.Read More »from Watch a Clip From Conrad Murray’s Documentary ‘Michael Jackson and the Doctor’
Blog Posts by Daniel Kreps
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Wed, Nov 9, 2011 5:31 PM EST
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Wed, Nov 9, 2011 4:00 PM EST
Madonna's "Give Me All Your Love" hasn't even been officially released yet, but in addition to all the positive buzz the song has been receiving (from The Amp included), it's also drawing some unflattering attention for its similarities to another song. No, not Toni Basil's "Mickey": Above is the video for Nicola Roberts' "Beat of My Drum," a single the Girls Aloud singer released in June, the Metro writes. Wait for the chorus… it's a near replica of the cheerleading intro to "Give Me All Your Love." "Copy-catting has never flattered me...," Roberts tweeted in response to fellow Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole's quip, "Imitation is the biggest form of flattery!"Read More »from Madonna’s ‘Give Me All Your Love’ Already Accused of ‘Copy-Catting’
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Wed, Nov 9, 2011 2:02 PM EST
Under the MistletoeWho's Number One: Justin Bieber, who just had the most trying, drama-filled week of his young career, received some welcome news as his Under the Mistletoe scored the top spot on the Billboard 200. Bieb's Christmas disc cruised to Number One, selling 210,000 copies in its first week on shelves according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard points out that Mistletoe is only the eighth Xmas album in the charts 55-year history to land at Number One. Bieber also became the first solo artist to land three chart-topping albums before the age of 18. Mariah Yeater who?
Who's Bummed: Coldplay's diehard fans helped give Mylo Xyloto the third-best debut numbers of 2011, but after the initial rush subsided, there weren't many people left who wanted to pick up the strangely named disc. After topping the charts last week, Mylo tumbled down to Number Seven thanks to a colossal 76 percent sales drop. Also, for the first time since its release, Adele's 21 dropped out of the Top Four and settled into Number Five, even though its sales improved one percent over last week's totals. If you're keeping track at home, 21 sold more copies in its 37th week on shelves than Mylo Xyloto moved in its second week. The album really is a phenomenon. Also bummed: Lou Reed and Metallica as their reviled Lulu ended the week at Number 36.Read More »from Charts: Justin Bieber Is the Proud Father of Another Number One Album
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Wed, Nov 9, 2011 12:40 PM EST
Dan Steinberg/Associated Press2011 has seen its share of unlikely music-related items put up for auction, from John Lennon's tooth to the Kid A guitar, but this is easily the most morbid of the bunch: Michael Jackson's deathbed. That's right, the very piece of furniture where Dr. Conrad Murray failed to resuscitate the King of Pop the night Jackson died will be sold to the highest bidder. The queen-size bed is just one of hundreds of items from Jackson's Holmby Hills mansion that will be auctioned off on December 17th by Julien's Auctions.Read More »from Anyone Want to Sleep In the Same Bed Where Michael Jackson Died? Here’s Your Chance!
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Wed, Nov 9, 2011 11:00 AM EST
In this 1966 postcard dug up by Letters of Note, young James Marshall Hendrix writes to his dad Al that things are really picking up for his music career: His new band "Jimi Hendrix EXPERIENCE" is playing all throughout Europe, and their first single "Hey Joe" should be out in about two months.Read More »from ‘Things Are Getting a Little Better’: Check Out This 1966 Postcard Jimi Hendrix Sent to His Dad
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Wed, Nov 9, 2011 9:34 AM EST
Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comFreak accidents, serious injuries, a convoluted plot, mediocre U2 tunes, and a chorus line of terrible reviews weren't enough to kill Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but a surprise new villain has emerged that could mean the death of the Broadway show: Julie Taymor. The director, who first conceived the idea of bringing the Marvel hero to Broadway with U2's Bono and the Edge, is now suing the Spider-Man producers for "copyright infringement and breach of contract" after she was fired from the show in March, Reuters reports. Taymor feels producers have held out paying her the $300,000 in royalties she's owed, so she is seeking a permanent injunction that will prevent the show from using her elements -- storylines and dialogue -- without compensation.Read More »from Julie Taymor Sues Her Own Terrible ‘Spider-Man’ Musical
Heavy D, one of the most influential and identifiable rappers from hip-hop's golden age, passed away today at the age of 44. Grandmaster Flash was the first to break the news of Heavy D's death, which TMZ has since confirmed. No cause of death has been reported yet, but the rapper was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital at noon today and was pronounced dead soon after. TMZ writes that Heavy D was seen unconscious outside his Beverly Hills home, but that he was cognizant and speaking in the ambulance. Police are investigating the death, but they don't suspect foul play. Just last night, Heavy D was tweeting tributes to boxer Joe Frazier, who died yesterday.
Born Dwight Arrington Myers, Heavy D, along with his group the Boyz, became mainstream stars in the late 1980's on the strength of 1987's Living Large and 1989's Big Tyme, both of which are now considered hip-hop classics and pioneers in the New Jack Swing genre. 1991's "Now That We Found Love" became the biggest hit for the Overweight Lover -- a self-deprecating moniker that Heavy often called himself -- and the group's most lasting track. Thanks to his smooth delivery and innocuous but clever rhymes, Heavy became a favorite of everyone from Will Smith to Michael Jackson, who recruited D to guest on his single "Jam."Read More »from Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Tue, Nov 8, 2011 5:22 PM EST
Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comMadonna fans won't have to wait until the Super Bowl to hear the Material Girl's big surprise after all. "Give Me All Your Love," the promised first single off her upcoming dance-heavy new album, leaked in full after a pair of snippets emerged earlier today, a full two months before it was expected. Madonna's Super Bowl halftime performance was rumored to include "cheerleading tumbles, dances, and jumps," and one listen to "Give Me All Your Love" reveals why: The song is like a 21st century version of Toni Basil's pom-pom anthem "Mickey," right down to the sing-along chorus and handclaps:
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Tue, Nov 8, 2011 3:53 PM EST
Tom Waits' "Satisfied" is the rock troubadour's homage to the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," and Keith Richards himself provides some guitar to the Bad as Me track. However, in this new video, despite having an opportunity to dance like a Maroon 5 hit, Waits moves like anyone else but Jagger. In this Jesse Dylan-directed clip -- yes, Bob's son -- Tom carouses, scratches, itches, and shakes his way through this rollicking number, like a belligerent hobo dancing to a subway musician. He might not move like Mick, but the 61-year-old Waits can definitely shake it better than his fellow sexagenarians. Some are comparing Waits' chaotic dancing to that of Thom Yorke's choreography in Radiohead's "Lotus Flower" video, but it feels more like a more inebriated rendition of this performance:Read More »from Tom Waits Moves Like Anyone But Jagger in Stones-Inspired ‘Satisfied’ Video
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Tue, Nov 8, 2011 2:15 PM EST
David BowieEMI: The major label no one wants to buy and no artist wants to be on. The epically mismanaged record company has seen many of its top talent -- Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Queen, Radiohead, and most recently, Robbie Williams -- jump ship in recent years after the label was bought, and then run into the ground, by equity firm Terra Firma. And now David Bowie appears to be on the verge of leaving EMI after 15 years with the company: with the Thin White Duke's contract with EMI set to expire in January 2012, Bowie will look to bring his legendary catalog to another, more competent label, the Financial Times reports (via NME). At least they still have the Beatles!Read More »from David Bowie Might Leave the Label He Accidentally Helped Destroy
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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A woman says she and her 5-year-old developmentally disabled daughter were thrown out of a theater during a "Beauty and the Beast" performance because the girl was making giggling and humming noises she makes when she's happy.
- James Gandolfini: He let his characters star
NEW YORK (AP) — James Gandolfini would have hated all this fuss.
- Deen says she used slur but doesn't tolerate hate
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.
- 'The Voice' Winner: Who Did the Experts Choose?
By Jethro Nededog LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - NBC's "The Voice" will crown another winner on Tuesday night's finale. Season 4's three finalists - Daniellle Bradbury, Michelle Shamuel and The Swon Brothers - battled it out for the title on Monday's performance finale episode. Before the performances, coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher performed The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends." The Top 16 then got together for the second group performance of the night on Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' "Home. ...
- Cher credits luck for her lengthy career
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Cher is no stranger to tabloid fodder.
- AP PHOTOS: The career of James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini, who won three Emmy Awards for his indelible role as mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos," died while on vacation in Italy at age 51. While Tony Soprano was a larger-than-life figure, Gandolfini was exceptionally modest and obsessive — he described himself as "a 260-pound Woody Allen." HBO called the actor a "special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone, no matter their title or position, with equal respect."