Michael Jackson channel launching on SiriusXM
LOS ANGELES – The King of Pop is joining The Boss and Old Blue Eyes on SiriusXM satellite radio. The month-long Michael Jackson channel was announced Wednesday by the singer's estate. Jackson joins SiriusXM channels devoted to artists like Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. It will also include music that influenced Jackson from artists including James Brown and Sly & the Family Stone, and artists that Jackson influenced including Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Usher. Journalist and author Steven Ivory, a family friend who interviewed Jackson often, will provide the voice of the channel, telling stories, introducing discussions that chronicle the history and career of Jackson and sharing his own Jackson playlist.
New this week: 'Clemency,' BET Awards, HAIM, 'Doctor Sleep'
(Neon via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, “Clemency” was well-reviewed but got unjustly overshadowed by some of the higher profile awards contenders when it was released in December. “Doctor Sleep: The Director’s Cut”: This Danny Torrance-focused sequel to “The Shining” was a little divisive upon release, which wasn’t all that surprising. — Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSICGrey Daze: Fans of the late Grammy-winning screeching rock singer Chester Bennington will get a chance to hear him one more time. HAIM: It’s been three years since sister trio HAIM have released a new album.
Pop superstar Usher serenades Jacksonville healthcare worker to lift her spirits
A Jacksonville mother of four, Colleen Moore, was feeling down about social distancing when she went on Instagram and saw one of her favorite celebrities, pop superstar Usher, was live online. Just days after social distancing was required in Jacksonville, celebrity singer Usher decided he was going to randomly pick people to sing with him. All they had to do was post their favorite Usher song on his Instagram live. Colleen Moore, a Jacksonville mother of four and a health care worker, with her family. A lot of people are going through a lot right now... Just showing a little love out, alright?” Usher said in the live video.
Diddy calls out Grammys and demands change in fiery speech
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Sean “Diddy” Combs called out the Grammy Awards for dissing rap and R&B stars in its major categories in a blazing speech that earned him a standing ovation from Beyoncé, Jay-Z and several other music industry players. “So I say this with love to the Grammys, because you really need to know this, every year y’all be killing us man. “In the great words of Erykah Badu, ‘We are artists and we are sensitive about our (expletive).’ We are passionate. Last year’s Grammys marked the first time a hip-hop song was awarded song and record of the year when Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” achieved the feat. “You’re in the music industry.
Post Malone to headline Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
NEW YORK, NY – You can ring in the New Year with Post Malone: The rap-pop star will perform at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020” in New York City on Dec. 31. Dick Clark Productions announced Tuesday that K-pop group BTS, country singer Sam Hunt and singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette — joined by the cast of Broadway’s “Jagged Little Pill” — will also perform at the event, which will air live from Times Square on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern. The annual New Year’s Eve affair will include celebrations from multiple cities. Performers from Hollywood include Green Day, Paula Abdul, Dan + Shay, Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion, Salt-N-Pepa and Ciara, who will host the event. Usher, Sheryl Crow and “Pose” star Billy Porter — who will host — will perform in New Orleans.
AP’s top albums of 2019: Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, Anitta
(Republic Records via AP)NEW YORK, NY – The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu:1. A nomination — or eight — isn’t necessary for any real music fan to realize how outstanding, soulful and poignant Lennox’s debut album is. Lennox’s “Shea Butter Baby” is the best album of the year, no matter if awards shows think differently, including you, the Soul Train Music Awards. Summer Walker, “Over It”: Summer Walker’s debut album is perfect, as she spits matter-of-fact lyrics over some beats that borrow from classic ‘90s R&B hits including Usher, Destiny’s Child and 702. But even when she’s not sampling a song, Walker can hold her own, delivering a flawless album that’s easy to obsess over.
'Hustlers' Stripper Consultant Shares the Advice She Gave to Jennifer Lopez (Exclusive)
The ladies in the Hustlers cast were looking to get money authentically. So much so that the film brought in a real-life stripper, Jacq, to help make their moves and mannerisms more genuine to the roles they were playing. The veteran performer noted that her work on the pole was one of the most challenging things shes learned in her career. Ive gotten cuts and bruises and stuff for movies, but Ive never had a bruise like this for anything Ive done.Hustlers hits theaters Sept. 13. RELATED CONTENT:Cardi B Teaches Lap Dance 101 in New 'Hustlers' TrailerConstance Wu Talks 'Fresh Off the Boat' Twitter Fiasco and Diva Claims on 'Hustlers' SetJennifer Lopez Talks 'Beautiful Life' With Alex Rodriguez and Why She Almost Passed on 'Hustlers' for Him