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Disco queen Donna Summer to join rock Hall of Fame

Disco queen Donna Summer, who died in May, is to join the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Canadian rockers Rush and hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, it was announced Tuesday. Veteran female rockers Heart, blues legend Albert King and singer-songwriter Randy Newman will also join the music…

Stewart nearly quit The Daily Show in 1999 due to ‘a**holes’

The current incarnation of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show almost never was, its host Jon Stewart revealed late last week during a fundraising event at New Jersey’s Wellmont Theatre. Stewart told his former colleague and friend Stephen Colbert that he nearly quit the show after taking over for Craig Kilborn…

Tearful radio host ‘sorry’ for nurse’s family in UK

One of the Australian radio presenters who made a prank call to a London hospital treating Prince William’s wife Kate on Monday sobbed as she recalled hearing the news that a nurse had been found dead. Mel Greig and fellow presenter Michael Christian from Sydney radio station 2Day FM have…

Mexican-American star singer Jenni Rivera killed in plane crash

A small plane carrying Mexican-American star singer Jenni Rivera crashed in northern Mexico on Sunday, leaving no survivors and sparking an outpouring of grief among fans and fellow celebrities. The wreckage of the Lear Jet, which was carrying six other people, was found by farmers in the state of Nuevo…

Mormon church launches website about ‘same-sex attraction’

The Mormon church has created a website asking followers to have compassion for people with “same-sex attraction,” reported AZCentral. The website features videos of church leaders, Mormons who “are attracted to people of the same sex,” and family members and friends of those individuals. “Family members with same-sex attraction need…

Nurse suicide ‘unforeseeable’ says station after British royal prank call

The owners of an Australian radio station at the centre of the British royal prank call scandal Sunday said the tragic death of a nurse was “unforeseeable” and vowed to review its broadcasting processes. Executives at Southern Cross Austereo, owners of 2Day FM, held an emergency meeting to consider a…

Is Japan losing its cool?

Is Japan losing its cool? It’s been 50 years since Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki Song” became a worldwide smash. The only other Asian artist to replicate the feat? Psy, from rival South Korea, with his viral hit “Gangnam Style.”  Even as Korean tech giant Samsung turns Sony into a has-been, Japan’s…

Julian Assange: the fugitive

Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy for six months. In a rare interview, Decca Aitkenhead asks the WikiLeaks founder about reports of illness, paranoia – and whether he’ll ever come out The Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge looks rather lavish from the street, but inside it’s not much bigger…

Psy apologizes for anti-U.S. rap: ‘Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers. Kill them all slowly and painfully’

South Korean megastar singer Psy, famed for his runaway hit “Gangnam Style”, apologised for anti-American performances a decade ago, ahead of a planned show before US President Barack Obama. In 2002 the singer smashed a model US tank at a protest over the American military presence in South Korea and…

Notorious B.I.G.’s autopsy report released after 15 years

The autopsy report into the death of rapper Notorious B.I.G. was released on Friday, 15 years after he was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles that remains controversially unsolved. The 24-year-old — killed months after the death of rival rapper Tupac Shakur — was hit by four bullets,…

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