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Two NYPD Cops 'Assassinated' in Brooklyn Ambush


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two New York City police officers were "assassinated," shot "execution-style" as they sat in their patrol vehicle in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, city officials said.NYPD Commissioner William Bratton sa

Two NYPD Cops Killed in Ambush in Brooklyn


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two New York City police officers were killed Saturday when they were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, city officials said.The suspect in the shooting was als

Two NYPD Cops Dead After They Were Shot in Vehicle


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two New York City police officers were killed Saturday, both shot as they sat in their patrol vehicle in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, city officials said.The suspect in the shooting was also dead, of a

One NYPD Cop Dead, Another Critical After They Were Shot in Vehicle


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One New York City police officer is dead and another was in critical condition Saturday after they were shot as they sat in their patrol vehicle in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, city officials said.The

Two NYPD Officers Shot Sitting in Cruiser in Brooklyn


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two New York City police officers were shot as they sat in their patrol cruiser in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn Saturday, the NYPD said. Two Police Officers have been shot in the 79 pct. please pray f

Two NYPD Officers Shot in Brooklyn


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two New York City police officers were shot in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn Saturday, the NYPD said. Two Police Officers have been shot in the 79 pct. please pray for them— NYPD 121st Precinct (

Woman Thwarts Abduction of Young Girl


iStock/Thinkstock(AUGUSTA, Maine) -- An employee at the Maine State Museum said her instincts kicked in when she saw an alleged attempted abduction.Sharon Wise, 65, was at the museum reception desk on Tuesday when she saw a man run over to a 2-year-old g

Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Propositioning Girl on Flight


iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl onboard a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City was in court Friday and pleaded guilty.During a court hearing, 66-year-old Hans Louderm

Minor Injuries Reported at Megabus Crash in Indiana


iStock/Thinkstock(SEYMOURE, Ind.) -- Some passengers were injured when a Megabus rolled over near Seymoure, Indiana, Saturday morning.The bus was on I-65 en route from Chicago to Atlanta when it rolled over at the 55-mile marker around 5:30 a.m.The Indian

Supreme Court Denies Stay in Florida Same-Sex Marriage Case


Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Same-sex couples in Florida could get married as soon as next month after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to issue a stay.Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi had filed for a stay while awaitin

Patient Exposed to Ebola Released from NIH Facility


Photo by Andrew Councill/MCT/MCT via Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- The patient admitted to the National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland on Dec. 11 was discharged on Friday without having shown evidence of the Ebola virus.The patient, who was no

UVA Holds Board of Visitors Meeting Regarding "Rolling Stone" Article


Alessandro Drago/iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors on Friday held a meeting to discuss the school's reaction to the Rolling Stone article, which has come under criticism, describing a sexual assault

Sony Says Alternate Means of Releasing "The Interview" Under Consideration


dan_alto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sony Pictures said Friday that while it has cancelled the theatrical release of The Interview following the hack that the FBI has attributed to North Korea, the idea of an alternate means of releasing the

Staples Says Over One Million Payment Cards Affected by September Data Breach


SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Staples says that more than one million customers' credit and debit cards may have been affected by a September data breach at a number of its stores.In a press release, the company provided an update on the breach,

Exclusive: Newly Released Ray Rice Video Shows Aftermath of Elevator Incident


Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Turns out there’s even more surveillance video Ray Rice doesn’t want you to see.ABC News on Friday exclusively obtained a copy of the security-camera video that shows the ugly afte

Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor Recall Worst Christmas Gifts Ever


Derrick SantiniWith the kind of year that Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor have had, they don't need to rely on anyone to get them Christmas gifts -- they can just buy whatever the heck they want.  But there was a time in the past when, just like regular folks, both stars suffered through lousy Christmas gifts courtesy of clueless relatives.Speaking to Billboard magazine, Sam says his worst Christmas present ever came from his dad, but that's just because he wasn't exactly clued in to little Sam's interests.  "My dad got me a build-your-own tank when I was 11," he tells Billboard. "I don't think he knew I was gay at that point. I got really upset."Meghan, meawhile, got her worst Christmas gift from her brother, and ironically, it made her feel bad about her body image -- the very issue that her #1 hit "Alll About that Bass" would go on to tackle."My little brother bought me boxers from [my hometown of] Nantucket, that I already had a pair of," she tells Billboard. "But he bought a smaller size, so that I was just insecure and pissed."Still those gifts pale in comparison to the one that MAGIC! frontman Nasri claims he received.  "My brother's t-shirts," Nasri says, describing his worst-ever gift. "His actual t-shirts."  Why you gotta be so rude?Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Madonna Releases Six Songs from New Album "Rebel Heart," Album Coming in March


Interscope RecordsFollowing the unauthorized leak earlier this week of some of her new but incomplete tracks, Madonna has decided to officially release six songs from her upcoming album, titled Rebel Heart.  The songs are available for pre-order at iTunes and other outlets with the purchase of the album, and individually.  More music is coming February 9, and the entire album will officially arrive during the first week of March.The songs that are available are "Living For Love," "Devil Pray,"  "Ghosttown," "Unapologetic B***h," "Illuminati" and "B***h I’m Madonna," which features Nicki Minaj.  She also appeared on Madonna's last album, MDNA.In a statement, Madonna said, I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the  incomplete tracks that are circulating.   Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift."On Instagram, Madonna wrote, "6 songs for you now.......#rebelheart Happy Early X-Mas! ! 13 more to come for album 13 !!!"The album cover shown on iTunes is a black-and-white photo of Madonna's face, wrapped in some kind of black tape or string.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kelly Clarkson Hosting Star-Studded "Miracle on Broadway" Concert Saturday Night


Peter Kramer/NBCKelly Clarkson's star-studded Miracle on Broadway concert is set for Saturday night at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The lineup includes Grammy nominees Meghan Trainor and Hayley Williams of Paramore, as well as country stars Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Martina McBride.Kelly started the ball rolling for the show less than 90 days ago, and she recruited her mother-in-law, country legend Reba McEntire, as the first special guest on the show. Kelly is married to Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock.Kelly says with a laugh, "I figured if I could tie Reba in, people would say yes. So, she said yes, probably 'cause she's just my mother-in-law. It'd be awkward at Christmas when she was like, 'Oh, I turned you down.'"Kelly hopes to make Miracle on Broadway an annual event, and she's already gotten commitments for next year's show from a few superstars, including country music icon Dolly Parton.  Miracle on Broadway coincides with Kelly's first Christmas with her baby daughter, River Rose. While she's worked with charities in the Nashville area for years now, Kelly says becoming a mother has made her want to give even more back to her community.In addition to River Rose, Kelly is a stepmom to Brandon's two children from a previous marriage. She hopes to instill that spirit of giving into their kids with events like Miracle on Broadway.Says Kelly, "We want to make sure that they are a part of things like this from the get-go. His kids, and our little girl as well -- [to] just see this. Because it's like, you can't grow up in your own little world. There's a whole world out there, and there's people that are in need."Proceeds from Miracle on Broadway benefit several of Kelly's favorite charities in Middle Tennessee, including The Community Foundation, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children's Home, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Thistle Farms organization for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.Fans attending the concert are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. Those not attending the concert can make a one-time $10 donation by texting MIRACLE to 41010.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sting and "The Last Ship" Cast Members Taking Part in NYC Christmas Carol Event,


Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting will participate in a few interesting events this weekend in New York City in conjunction with his Broadway musical, The Last Ship.On Saturday, the ex-Police frontman and other members of the production will team up with cast members from the show Jersey Boys to help out a couple of local charities by taking part in a fundraiser dubbed "Saturday Night Scream Christmas Carols."  The Broadway performers will belt out some yuletide tunes on 52nd Street outside the August Wilson Theatre and Neil Simon Theatre, while at the same time giving fans and friends the chance to donate coats and canned food to the 26th annual New York Cares Coat Drive and City Harvest initiatives.  The performance begins at 7:15 p.m. ET.  Those unable to attend to public song fest can still donate coats to the cause until December 31.Then, on Sunday, Sting and the principal cast members of The Last Ship will take part in a special album-signing event celebrating the release this past Tuesday of the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording CD.  The event will be held at 6 p.m. ET on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre after the matinee performance.To attend the signing, fans must get a wristband, a limited number of which will be handed out to people purchasing copies of the album from 11:30 a.m. to noon that day in the lobby of the theater.Sting and the other actors will autograph only copies of The Last Ship cast recording.  Each person with a wristband can have as many as three CDs autographed.The Last Ship Original Broadway Cast Recording includes a bonus track that Sting recorded titled "What Say You, Meg?"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sam Smith First to Chart on "Billboard" Hot 100 with "Have Yourself a Merry Litt


Capitol RecordsThe song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" has been around for 70 years, but it took Sam Smith to bring it to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.The British singer's melancholy version of the song has just debuted at #90 on that chart.  Of course, various versions of the tune have appeared on the publication's Holiday chart, but never onthe Hot 100, alongside the other current hits of the day. Sam debuted his version of the song on the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas, during which he learned he'd been nominated for Album of the Year. That's one of six Grammy nominations he has this year.On the Holiday 100, Sam's version of the song is top 10, and there are three other versions on there as well, by Frank Sinatra, Christina Aguilera, and Michael Buble."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was first introduced in 1944, in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Christina Aguilera Developing ABC Family Show About Las Vegas Entertainers


ABC/Richard HarbaughChristina Aguilera is getting into the TV business, beyond her appearances on The Voice.Deadline reports that the singer is executive producing and helping to develop a dramedy for ABC Family which is focused on a group of Las Vegas entertainers who fall in and out of love. Tentatively titled Hearts and Clubs, the show is described as being similar to Love, Actually in the way that the characters' lives intertwine.  Another executive producer on the project is her fiance, Matt Rutler, the father of her baby girl Summer Rain.Christina returns to The Voice for season eight early next year.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Katy Perry Breaks Ticket Sales Records on Australian Leg of Prismatic World Tour


Christie GoodwinKaty Perry Prismatic world tour recently wrapped up its Australian leg, and to say it was a success is something of an understatement.Katy's show broke a record at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, selling 89,500 tickets over six shows.  That beats the previous record, set by One Direction, of 81,542 tickets sold across seven shows in 2013.  Katy received a special bronze star plaque, as well as a bicycle, to commemorate her achievement. The plaque will be mounted on the arena's entryway.Katy got the bicycle because she enjoys biking around the various cities where she tours.  This one is a custom-made road bike that incorporates design elements of her tour, and some of her earlier work.The show's promoter told Billboard of Katy, "She’s a star performer. In this market, 350,000 is enormous. She’s a mile ahead of everyone else...We could have added another dozen shows everywhere easily. Without a blink. And probably even more.”Futher underscoring Katy's popularity Down Under, her album PRISM has gone five-times platinum in Australia, which in that country means 350,000 copies.However, Billboard notes that Pink is actually the all-time box office queen in Australia, selling 650,000 tickets in 2009 on her Funhouse tour, and more than 500,000 tickets last year for her Truth About Love Tour.Katy's Prismatic tour wraps up for good Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand, and then it's on to the Super Bowl halftime show in February.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Watch Train, Rixton, Earth Wind & Fire and More on "A Home for the Holidays" Ton


Michael Yarish/Triage Entertainment. Train, Rixton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee and Jennifer Hudson are among the performers on this year's edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays, airing tonight.As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care, as well as a segment on the more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., waiting for a "forever family."Also on the bill for the special are country star Ashley Monroe -- who duets with Train on their single, "Bruises" -- and country duo Dan + Shay.   It airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mariah Carey's Former Assistant Suing for Back Pay


Peter Kramer/NBCRemember when Lady Gaga's former personal assistant sued her for back pay, claiming she'd been overworked and treated unfairly?  Well, now the same thing is happening to Mariah Carey.The New York Post reports that the former staffer, Ylser Oliver, is claiming in a lawsuit that starting in 2007, she worked 16-hour days for Mariah, and never got any overtime, despite doing everything from packing for Mariah, cleaning her house, answering phones, shopping for her, arranging for services and repairs to her house, and "caring for" her family and friends.  Oliver quit this year. Oliver's lawyer tells the Post, "My client put her family’s life on hold while tending to Mariah Carey’s family, and Mariah repaid her by underpaying her. her. My client is a very hardworking woman who treated Mariah and her family like her own, working all hours of the day and night. Even celebrities are required to abide by the law.” He added that Oliver is suing for "a significant amount" of money, because she was entitled to time-and-a-half if she worked more than 40 hours a week.Mariah's rep told the paper, "I can’t comment on anything that I’m not aware of and we haven’t heard anything about this lawsuit."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Christina Perri, Aloe Blacc, Earth, Wind & Fire Perform on "Christmas in Washing


Kevin Mazur/WireImageTNT's annual Christmas in Washington special, airing tonight, features performances by Earth, Wind & Fire, Hootie & The Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, Aloe Blacc, British pop star Rita Ora and Christina Perri.  Christina was extremely excited about the chance to participate, because Christmas music is her favorite thing ever."I mean, I couldn't have really said yes quick enough. It wasn't even an option," she tells ABC News Radio. "It's such an honor and so magical and Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Like, I'm obsessed with Christmas music and when I found out I could sing a Christmas song it just made so much sense. I'm just really really excited to be here." Christina really does love Christmas music, having released a holiday EP a few years ago called A Very Merry Perri Christmas, and the song she's performing tonight is one of the tunes she covered on that project."I'm singing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' It's one of my top five favorite Christmas songs," she tells ABC News Radio. "I wanted to do something very elegant. That's what this night is about. We're here in Washington. I wanted to wear a pretty dress and...my specific thing I love doing is ballads, and so I just wanted to sing a really beautiful, classic, Christmas song."As for why Christina's obsessed with Christmas music in the first place, she says, "Christmas music was the first music I ever sang. So as a child like -- when everyone says, 'When did you know you wanted to be a singer?' I don't really know the moment I decided it, but I know that when I was 3 I dressed up in a matching outfit with my brother and we sang Christmas carols for my whole family. So Christmas is always number one."Christina normally goes home to see her family in Pennsylvania on Christmas, but she says this year will be different. "I'm not making it home for Christmas this year. I'm spending it with my boyfriend because he's working and would've been alone, which is a first for me," she tells ABC News Radio. "So I'm going to have a more of a romantic Christmas than I will a family Christmas. But I've never missed a Christmas before so for 28 Christmases I've been at home. So this will be my first time away, but I've definitely have sent a present for every single Perri in my family."As for Aloe Blacc, he'll be doing "Noel" and "The Christmas Song," telling ABC News Radio, "All of the selections that I'm singing tonight are based around my favorite Christmas caroler, Nat King Cole."  The "Wake Me Up" singer, who just received a Grammy nod for his album Lift Your Spirit, says he'll be spending his holidays in Los Angeles this year; every other year, he goes to Sydney, Australia, where his wife is from.  But he says he's excited to be in D.C. for tonight's show."It's really an honor," he says. "It's great to be here and to get to grace the whole nation in such a beautiful time of year with these songs that we all know from our childhood." The show, hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and you'll see the first family get onstage with all the musical performers at the end and hug them.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Idina Menzel's Alter-Ego Proclaimed "The Name of the Year"


ABC/Adam TaylorEach year, BabyNameWizard.com selects a name that captures what's happened in pop culture over the past 12 months.  But the website's selection for 2014 isn't really a name, it's a mistake...albeit a mistake that made a certain singer a household name.The 2014 Name of the Year, according to the site is "Adele Dazeem."  That, of course, is what John Travolta called Idina Menzel on March 2, the night of the Academy Awards, when he introduced her performance of "Let It Go."  As soon as it happened, Twitter and Facebook exploded with people adopting the name as their handle or their alias.  "Adele Dazeem became the official fake name of the fake name era," says the website.Next, Slate.com created an "Adele Dazeem Name Generator" that allowed visitors to "Travoltify" their own names, and it reportedly became the most popular article in the site's history.  Then, "Adele Dazeem" became a verb that meant "to say a name wrong in a high-profile setting," leading to headlines like "The names most in danger of getting Adele Dazeemed this Oscar season," and "At the Emmys, Gwen Stefani Adele Dazeem'd The Colbert Report."Of course, all this was great for Idina, who suddenly found her unusual name on everybody's lips.  Since then, "Let It Go" has become her first top 10 hit.  She received an award from Billboard, released a hit holiday album and has scheduled a world tour for 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Michael Buble Donates Nearly $200K to British Music Therapy Charity


Warwick Saint/Warner Bros.Michael Buble just wrapped up a tour of the U.K., and he didn't just leave behind a lot of satisfied fans: he left a bunch of cash behind for a good cause.Michael has donated one pound from every ticket sold to his shows in the U.K. -- a total of 125,000 pounds -- to the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. That amounts to $195,700.  Michael is a supporter of the charity, which presented him with its highest honor, the Silver Clef Award, in 2012. The donation will help Nordoff Robbins to provide music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people across the U.K.  Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Michael said of his donation, "I came up with this a year ago after I played the O2 arena [in London]. My manager wanted to book the tour for 2014 and I said I’d only do it if we give back too. The U.K. has been so great to me and I thought it was time to put my money where my mouth was."He added, "I’m lucky I can help a lot of beautiful young people.”In a statement, the charity said, "Thank you so much to Michael, from the bottom of our hearts. What a lovely surprise to receive this donation just before Christmas, which will allow us to help even more people throughout 2015 and beyond."Michael will resume his tour in January, when he travels to the Far East and South Africa.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Bee Gees & George Harrison to Be Honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Aw


Courtesy NARASThe Bee Gees and late Beatle George Harrison are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards in February.  Those artists and the rest of the honorees will be recognized at the Academy's Special Merit Awards ceremony, an invitation-only event that's held annually during Grammy Week.  The 2015 gala will take place on Saturday, February 7, the evening before the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.The Special Merit Awards ceremony also will feature the presentation of Trustee Awards to non-performers who have made significant contributions to the music industry.  The 2015 honorees are the songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and prolific record producer Richard Perry. Mann & Weil wrote hits like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "On Broadway," "Here You Come Again," "Never Gonna Let You Go," "(You're My) Soul & Inspiration," "Running with the Night," and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place."  Perry has worked with artists like Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Ringo Starr and more."This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history," says Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow.  "It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come."All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the upcoming Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 8.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sam Smith the Only Artist to Sell a Million Albums in Both the US & UK This Year


Capitol RecordsChalk up another achievement for Sam Smith.  Britain's Official Charts Company reports that the Grammy-nominated singer is the only artist in the world to sell a million albums in both the U.K. and the U.S. in 2014.Sam's debut In the Lonely Hour passed the one-million mark in the U.K. just this week, and that certification came just about a day after the album was certified platinum in the U.S.In a statement, Sam tells the Official Charts Company, "To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album.”  He also tweeted that he was "completely speechless" over the achievement.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Elton John Fan Club Members to Receive Download of His Set at Bonnaroo Festival


Joseph Guay. T/Capitol RecordsIf you couldn't make it to Tennessee this summer to see Elton John and his band rock the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, you can now watch it from the comfort of your own home...if you're a member of Elton's fan club.Platinum subscribers to Elton's fan club, the Rocket Club, will receive Elton John: Live at Bonnaroo 2014 with the Elton John Band, a 68-minute video download of his set from the festival, recorded on June 15.  The video features 10 songs, including "Bennie and the Jets," "Levon," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Crocodile Rock," "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)" and more.  You can watch a preview on Elton's website now of "Bennie and the Jets."The download also includes a special message from Elton.  If you want access to it, you need to sign up for the fan club at Elton's website by December 31.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Madonna Releases Six Songs from New Album


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Following the unauthorized leak earlier this week of some of her new, but incomplete tracks, Madonna has decided to officially release six songs from her upcoming album Rebel Heart.The songs are available for pre-or

"The Godfather: Part II": Celebrating the Movie's 40th Anniversary With 8 Little


Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It has been 40 years since Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part II was released on Dec. 20, 1974 and the movie has had a lasting impact.Part II was released two years after the The Godfather: P

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Welcome Baby Girl


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Lincoln has a new baby sister.Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard welcomed their second child on Friday.The couple, who married last October, are already parents to daughter Lincoln, born March 2013. Delta Bell Shepard is her

Stephen Collins Denies He's a Pedophile After Confessing to Sexual Misconduct Wi


Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins says he is “absolutely not” a pedophile, claiming that the three underage girls he confessed to having sexual misconduct with were isolated incidents.&l

Stephen Colbert's Portrait to Hang Between Bathrooms at the Smithsonian Once Aga


Photo Credit: Scott Gries/PictureGroup/Comedy Central(WASHINGTON) -- Following the end of his nine-year run on Comedy Central, and in advance of his move to CBS to take over The Late Show, Stephen Colbert will have a portrait hung in the Smithsonian Natio

Why Natalie Portman Says "Star Wars" Actually Hurt Her Career


Merrick Morton/Lucasflim Ltd.(NEW YORK) -- When Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out in 1999, it became one of the highest grossing movies of all-time, but fans of the Star Wars franchise were torn about the series of new prequels.Oscar winner

Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Directing Brad Pitt in Love Scene


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will be back on screen together in By the Sea, which is set to be released next year and features the famous duo as a couple -- much like their debut movie together in 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

George Clooney Speaks Out About Lack of Sony Support


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — In an interview with Deadline published Thursday, George Clooney explained why he feels no one else in the industry stood up for Sony in the wake of the hack attack.Clooney said Hollywood big shots were all scared tha

Craig Ferguson to Host Final "Late Late Show" Friday Night


Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — Craig Ferguson is saying his final farewell to CBS' The Late Late Show Friday night, after 10 years at the helm.The 52-year-old Scotsman took over hosting duties from Craig Kilborn in January 2005 and immediately sho

Jennifer Aniston Among the Winners at the First "People" Magazine Awards


ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — The first-ever People Magazine Awards, which took a look back at the year in pop culture, aired live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC Thursday.The two-hour special was hosted by Nick Cannon, who briefly addressed his

"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," "Annie" Open Friday; "Wild" Expands


"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" - Fox(NEW YORK) — The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opened on Wednesday, earning an estimated $24.5 million in its first day of release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.A few more new films join

Cosby Lawyer Says Comedian's Comments 'Continue to Be Misconstrued'


Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- An attorney for Bill Cosby on Thursday criticized freelance journalist Stacy Brown on a Friday article in the New York Post in which Cosby's comments "continue to be misconstrued in a way that can only call into que

Mistrial Declared in Case Against Man Accused of Stalking R&B Singer Ashanti


ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- A New York criminal court judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case against Devar Hurd, the man accused of stalking R&B singer Ashanti.The mistrial was declared because one of the jurors was too sick to come in for d

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