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Matthew Morrison Talks With AOL Music About 'Glee,' Gwyneth Paltrow and His New Single, 'Summer Rain'

by AOL Music Staff, posted May 10th 2011 3:30PM

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Today's a doubly good one for Matthew Morrison. Not only does the Golden Globe– and Emmy-nominated actor's hit TV series, 'Glee,' air tonight, but the musician's first solo album finally hit shelves.

The Broadway vet, who was nominated for a Tony for his role in 'The Light in the Piazza,' stopped by AOL's Beverly Hills studio to chat with AOL Music about his debut album and record a Sessions performance.

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Chris Brown and Rihanna Might Reunite on ABC

by AOL Music Staff, posted Mar 25th 2011 3:30PM
Chris Brown, RihannaFollowing Chris Brown's outburst on 'Good Morning America' three days ago, ABC is reportedly trying to get the singer and ex-girlfriend Rihanna to sit down for an interview together.

A source close to ABC news told E! that the network wants to "milk this event for everything it's worth." On Tuesday, Chris Brown became outraged following an interview with the morning show's Robin Roberts, because she asked him a question about Rihanna. The singer, who kept his composure throughout the interview, broke a window in his dressing room, tore off his shirt and stormed out of the studio following his appearance.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Game of Thrones' Changes Its Tune, Hires New Composer

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 2nd 2011 8:00PM
'Game of Thrones' has parted ways with its Academy Award-winning composer, Stephen Warbeck. The much-anticipated HBO drama has hired a new composer, Ramin Djawadi.

Djawadi's most notable television projects have been 'FlashForward' and 'Prison Break,' and in the film realm, Djawadi wrote the scores for 'Iron Man' and 'Clash of the Titans.' Djawadi, who has worked frequently with composer Hans Zimmer, is also credited with composing "additional music" for movies such as 'Batman Begins,' 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' and 'Something's Gotta Give.'

Djawadi will have to work fast: The fantasy drama premieres in just over 10 weeks, on April 17.

In other 'Game of Thrones' news, a member of the cast passed away recently and the show's executive producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, issued a statement mourning the loss of Margaret John, who played Old Nan.

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MTV Video Music Awards' It-Girl: How Does Chelsea Handler Stack Up?

by Anna Dimond, posted Sep 5th 2010 4:30PM
Between performances by chart-topping pop artists and obligatory reaction shots of famous people in the audience, MTV's Video Music Awards might not seem like it's taking any risks when it airs live on Sept. 12 (9PM ET).

The music won't be making a radical shift: Billboard staples like Kanye West, Eminem and Justin Bieber are all slated to rap, sweat and make teenage girls swoon. The location won't be exceptional, either: The show traditionally opts for venues in either New York or Los Angeles, with this year landing again back in the City of Angels. And the presenters, per the usual, will include a range of well-known stars, such as Ne-Yo and Ashley Greene, alongside some promo-savvy up-and-comers, like Ke$ia and Nicki Minaj.

Instead, the chance for something fresh in this year's awards rests on the shoulders of a blond woman named Chelsea Handler, whom MTV announced last week will host the proceedings.

By all accounts, including MTV's, Handler was an unusual choice to take the reins of the network's 27th annual ode to all things young and corporate-sanctioned music.

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Hugh Laurie Signs Deal to Record Blues Album

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 26th 2010 2:30PM
hugh laurie bluesGregory House has something to sing about.

Hugh Laurie is joining the ranks of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as the next TV star to dive into music with an upcoming album, but don't expect to hear the 'House' star covering 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' or 'Mr. Tambourine Man.'

Laurie has inked a deal with Warner Music Entertainment to record an LP of original Big Easy-inspired blues tracks, reports USA Today.

"I know the history of actors making music is a checkered one, but I promise no one will get hurt," said Laurie, who often plays the guitar and piano on his hit show.

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Fox Upping the Music for a Week

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 7th 2010 3:04PM
Homer SimpsonWith the success of 'American Idol,' 'Glee,' and other music-related franchises, it should be no wonder that Fox wants to milk it by having music-themed episodes of several of its shows for the end of April and beginning of May. These shows include 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy,' 'Bones,' 'Fringe,' and 'House.'

Before anybody panics and starts envisioning David Boreanaz or Hugh Laurie breaking out in a rendition of 'Feelings' in the middle of a dramatic moment, the article states that the episodes will be music-themed but not necessarily musicals. 'Family Guy' often has musical numbers in their episodes and it's not even a stretch to have Homer and Marge to break out in song. But the character of Bones? Or House? No way.

House will most likely treat a rock star patient and Bones will have to investigate something involving an opera singer or some such plot device. Yes, it's silly, but it could be worse. Remember when NBC went green for a week and introduced Greenzo? I rest my case.

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'Glee' Cast to Appear on 'Oprah'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 19th 2010 11:09AM
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The first week in April will be tumultuous for the folks from 'Glee.' Sunday, April 4, is Easter, then on Monday, April 5, the gang will be at the White House for the annual Easter Egg festivities. Then on Wednesday, April 7, 'Glee' goes to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'! They should sing 'My Kind of Town' as a tribute to Chicago when they get off the plane, don't you think?

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Barry Manilow Would Love To Hear His Songs on 'Glee'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 18th 2010 1:01PM
barry_manilow_microphone_smilingBelieve it or not, Barry Manilow did not write the songs the whole world sings. He didn't even write that one. 'I Write the Songs' was composed by Bruce Johnston, which Barry readily admits whenever the subject comes up -- it's even in his Las Vegas concert show. However, Barry Manilow does have a huge catalog of songs that he has made famous, whether as a writer or singer. Therefore, why wouldn't he want Fox's 'Glee' to use his music for an episode? If it's good enough for Madonna, why not Barry?

Well, Barry thinks it's a great idea and did something about it. Ryan Seacrest reports that Manilow called him the other day to address rumors that he'll be on 'Glee' -- rumors that were news to me. Barry told Ryan that he hasn't received a phone call from 'Glee' yet, but he's willing. "It would be great."

He's even picked out a song that he would like to hear New Directions, the glee club on the show, sing. "I would love them do to 'One Voice.' That's the only thing I'd love to hear them do, but if they want to do my catalog, oh, I'd be right there." 'One Voice' is a great choice, too. It's basically a chorus piece and very relevant for the show.

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'We Are the World' Remake For Haiti Premieres on NBC Tonight

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 12th 2010 3:03PM
we_are_the_world_25_haiti_logoWhen the original 'We Are the World' was created 25 years ago, the music video of the final performance was put together in record time. Over a month of work went into the production. For the remake of the song, which brought together the likes of Pink, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, the Black Eyed Peas, Tony Bennett, Jeff Bridges, Bono, Justin Beiber... and more, the video, which was filmed in 3-D, was completed in about a week. Tonight, 'We Are the World 25' will have its world premiere at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC during the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

This isn't just an entertainment we'll be seeing, although it's going to be something to watch how 80 stars were crammed together into a cohesive, musical chorus as spectacular as the original 'We Are the World' 25 years ago. No, this is also a call for donations because there is still a lot of work to be done in Haiti.

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If 'Idol' Producers Get Their Way, Howard Stern Could Replace Cowell

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 5th 2010 11:02AM
howard_stern_siriusThe question of who will replace Simon Cowell as an 'American Idol' judge began in earnest today with Page Six claiming that Howard Stern is the 'Idol' producers' top choice to take Simon Cowell's throne. Stunt casting? Attention-grabbing? Total bull? You can take your pick because this smacks of a PR turn if ever there was one.

For a moment, though, let's consider the possibility. Howard's contract with Sirius XM Radio wraps next January. That contract was in the $100 million neighborhood. Could 'American Idol' fork over a pay-out equal to that? Umm, yes. They make enough. Will they? Hard to imagine. The figure mentioned in the report was $50 million a year, which is what Simon will earn this season, but that's based on the fact that Simon has a track record with 'Idol.'

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Top TV Stories of 2009: TV coverage of Michael Jackson's death

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 24th 2009 3:18PM
Michael JacksonAs a fan of music from the 80's and the early 90's, I didn't believe it at first when one of my friends told me that Michael Jackson died. Since TVs were rare where I was at the time, my first instinct was to check CNN.com. As soon as I got confirmation, I found a TV and was glued to one of the news-only channels to get all the latest updates on the death of one of my music idols.

TV coverage of Michael Jackson's death was worldwide and every source of media. The news of his death, the coroner's investigation, the rumors that his death may have been faked (see the video after the jump), the news of where he would be buried, the details of the various tributes, as well as coverage of the special funeral ceremony, etc., made Michael Jackson's death one of the 2009 events that got the most air time around the world. Even as huge an MJ fan I am -- I do have about 30 of his hits on my MP3 -- I can admit that this event got too much air time.

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Review: Glee - Sectionals (winter finale)

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 10th 2009 1:00AM
glee_jane_lynch_michael_morrison(S01E13) I would like to say that Glee saved the best for last, but I can't. You see, this wasn't the end. "Sectionals" wasn't the end of the season at all. What it was, in fact, was a great intermission in the middle of a terrific musical. And since it was just the halfway point, and since Glee has a brilliant way of honoring Broadway and musicals and great entertainment, there were songs in this episode that epitomized that spirit.

Oh, and if you're wondering if the dramatic elements in the show were addressed, they were. But if you think it was all tied up in a pretty bow, think again. There was so much great stuff in this show that my head is spinning. I'll do my best to sort it out. To see if I succeeded, and to share the joy of Glee, read on.

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Susan Boyle is going to Dancing with the Stars

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 8th 2009 1:01PM
susan_boyle_singingEverybody's favorite singing newcomer, England's Susan Boyle, is going to appear on Dancing With the Stars this week. She will not be doing the samba or the quick step. Susan will be singing, promoting her upcoming CD, I Dreamed A Dream, in stores on November 24.

Luckily for Susan, Sharon Osbourne will not be on the show. Or maybe it's lucky for Sharon because after the horrible things she said about SB, Susan would probably deck her if she had the chance. Last week, while on Sirius radio, Sharon was compelled to share her opinion of Susan's sudden success.

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Glee's "Don't Stop Believin'" goes gold

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2009 8:02AM
glee_group_foxIf you have any doubt about the power of television in the selling of music and making stars, this story should convince you that there is a definite correlation. Fox's Glee has produced a solid gold successful single.

The Glee version of "Don't Stop Believin'" has been certified as Gold in digital sales of half-a-million downloads. That's 500,000 people who've heard the song on the TV show and wanted it on their iPod or cell phone or some music playing apparatus.

"Don't Stop Believin'" was the first big song from the pilot, but it's not the only song that has been popular. Seven songs from Glee now occupy spots in the top 200 of iTunes' Top Songs chart. On November 3, there will be a compilation CD of the best numbers from the show, called Glee: The Music, Volume 1.

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Ask TV Squad: Friday Night Lights, FlashForward and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 28th 2009 4:38PM
FlashForwardThe "Ask TV Squad" column, published every Wednesday, answers your questions about current and past TV shows, as well as about the celebrities appearing on TV. Every week, I will pick a question (or more) sent to us and provide answers in the column. If your question is not picked for a column, it may be answered in a subsequent column or in TV Squad's APB Podcast. To submit questions to the "Ask TV Squad" column, you can post them below in comments or email them at asktvsquad@gmail.com.

This week, I answer questions about Jamie Ray Newman, FlashForward, Friday Night Lights and Surviving Disaster.

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