Britney Talks….Music


Britney Spears appears on the cover of the lastest Rolling Stone Magazine. She talks about being old, dating and life as a mom. She also manages to say a word or two about Circus, her new CD.

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CIRCUS

Brooke Burke Dancing With The Stars Champion


(Associated Press)

Brooke Burke waltzed away with the mirror ball trophy on the “Dancing with the Stars” finale.

The 37-year-old TV personality and mother of four dominated the seventh season of the popular ABC dancing competition and bested former NFL player Warren Sapp and former ‘NSync member Lance Bass during the Tuesday night finale, in which she reprised an emotional Viennese waltz routine that earned her a perfect score from the show’s panel of judges.

“Unbelievable,” was all Burke could muster after winning amid a flurry a confetti.

From the outset, the slinky former host of E!’s “Wild On” and CBS’ “Rock Star” commanded the ballroom this season, coming in first place eight out of 10 times and receiving a 10 — the judges’ top score — 16 times. Burke was crowned the latest “Dancing with the Stars” champion after the judges’ scores — 88 out of 90 — were combined with viewers’ votes.

“I actually can’t believe it,” said Derek Hough, Burke’s professional partner, who’s never won the competition. “I really can’t. I honestly can’t. The journey’s been so long. It’s been tough. It’s been wonderful. It’s been everything I could ever hope for. Wow. I can’t believe we actually did it, girl.”

Burke maintained an eight point lead over Sapp, the charismatic 35-year-old fan favorite whose technique was consistently criticized by the judges. Sapp still managed to hustle his way into second place with professional partner Kym Johnson, despite receiving one point less from the judges than the third place finisher, 29-year-old singer Bass.

“From the moment you start, you make me smile,” head judge Len Goodman told Sapp.

Bass and his professional partner, Lacey Schwimmer, were upbeat about their loss. The pair danced away after their dismissal. And he’s not hanging up his dancing shoes just yet. The former boybander will join professional dancers and other former contestants for the 38-city “Dancing with the Stars” tour, which is set to kick off Dec. 17 in San Diego.

“You never took the safe road once,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Bass during the finale.

Previously dismissed celebrities — actor Cody Linley; sprinter Maurice Greene; actresses Susan Lucci and Cloris Leachman; chef Rocco DiSpirito; reality TV star Kim Kardashian; actor Ted McGinley; and comedian Jeffrey Ross — also returned for a last dance. Injured volleyball player Misty May-Treanor and singer Toni Braxton remained off their feet.

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Susan Lucci Charity Auction: Lunch and AMC Set Visit

Susan Lucci Photo: ABC
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Includes: a day on the set of All My Children in NYC and lunch with Susan Lucci. Valid for 2 people, for one year, based on availability.

Susan Lucci is certainly worthy of her well-known title as “Queen of Soap Operas”. She has been nominated for countless Emmy Awards and is the recipient of an Emmy as well for her performance of Erica Kane on All My Children. Now, this famed actress is offering a once in a life time opportunity for the Rosie For All Kids Foundation Auction. Enjoy a day on the set of All My Children with this daytime Television Queen, Susan Lucci. In addition to a set visit, you will get the opportunity to have lunch with Susan Lucci as well! This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and any Soap Opera fan would kill for this experience.

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Chris Brown Wins Big At American Music Awards

Justin Timberlake presents Merit Award To Annie Lennox

Alvin and The Chipmunks WINNER – Favorite Album, Soundtrack

Chris Brown WINNER – Artist of the Year
WINNER – Favorite Male Artist, Pop or Rock Music
WINNER – Favorite Male Artist, Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music

Mariah Carey WINNER – Honorary Award

Daughtry WINNER – Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Pop or Rock Music

Enrique Iglesias WINNER – Favorite Artist, Latin Music

Jonas Brothers WINNER – T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award

Alicia Keys – “As I Am” WINNER – Favorite Album, Pop or Rock Music
WINNER – Favorite Album, Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music

Annie Lennox WINNER – Award of Merit

Linkin Park WINNER – Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock Music

Brad Paisley WINNER – Favorite Male Artist, Country Music

Rascal Flatts WINNER – Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Country Music

Rihanna WINNER – Favorite Female Artist, Pop or Rock Music
WINNER – Favorite Female Artist, Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music

Jordin Sparks WINNER – Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary Music

Taylor Swift WINNER – Favorite Female Artist, Country Music

Third Day WINNER – Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational

Three 6 Mafia WINNER – Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Rap / Hip-Hop Music

Carrie Underwood WINNER – Favorite Album, Country Music

Kanye West WINNER – Favorite Male Artist, Rap / Hip-Hop Music
WINNER – Favorite Album, Rap / Hip-Hop Music

Chinese Democracy Is Finally Done, Really It Is

Guns N’ Rose’s ‘Chinese Democracy’: The saga of the long-delayed album
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

When the last new Guns N’ Roses album came out, there were no iPods or digital downloads. There was no “American Idol.” No music blogs. No MySpace.

“Use Your Illusion” volumes 1 and 2 instantly topped the charts as simultaneous releases in 1991. Guns N’ Roses was one of the hottest bands in rock ‘n’ roll — a sure hitmaker and stadium filler. Fans couldn’t wait for the new material. Now, 17 years later, that new material arrives.

With an entirely new lineup — save for founding frontman Axl Rose — and after myriad stumbles and delays, Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” was released Sunday (and can be heard free at myspace.com/gunsnroses).

“Is this going to be ‘Snakes on a Plane,’ where the buildup is more exciting than the thing itself?” wondered Rob Brunner, senior editor for music at Entertainment Weekly.

Here’s a look at the long evolution of the album that time almost forgot:

1994: Rose begins work on “Chinese Democracy.”

1996: Guitarist Slash quits the band. Drummer Matt Sorum and bassist Duff McKagan follow. “That sort of seemed like the beginning of this album,” Brunner said.

1998: Rose assembles a new band. They begin making music at Rumbo Recorders, where GNR’s original lineup recorded parts of its multi-platinum 1987 debut, “Appetite for Destruction.”

“That’s when people started to think, ‘What’s he doing?’ It seemed pretty bizarre to people who were fans of ‘Paradise City,’ ” Brunner said.

1999: Rose invites Rolling Stone to preview tracks from “Chinese Democracy.” The magazine anticipated the album could be released the next year.

2000: Rose hires two new musicians, including guitarist Buckethead. The singer appears onstage for the first time in years during a surprise performance at a small Sunset Strip nightclub.

2001: Rose and the new GNR band perform new material at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.

2002: A cornrowed Rose and his band unveil a new track during a three-song medley at the MTV Video Music Awards. “What was striking about this is how little anyone was talking about the music,” Brunner said. “It was all about his appearance and the fact that he showed up. It had nothing to do with the song itself. … That’s when it started seeming like things were not going in the right direction.”

2004: Geffen declares that it has spent enough money on “Chinese Democracy” and that it’s Rose’s “obligation to fund and complete the album.” The label releases a Guns N’ Roses greatest-hits record.

2006: Rose announces that “Chinese Democracy” won’t be released in 2006 as planned and sets March 6, 2007, as the new release date. Four tracks from the album leak online.

2007: “Chinese Democracy” does not materialize. More tracks leak online.

2008: In March, Dr Pepper announces it will give a free soda to everyone in America if “Chinese Democracy” is released before the end of the year. (The company says it is making good on its promise.) Two tracks are officially released in the fall: one in the “Rock Band 2” video game and another in the film “Body of Lies.” In October, Geffen announces that “Chinese Democracy” will hit stores on Nov. 23. On Nov. 20, the album’s 14 tracks stream on MySpace.com.

“This is his shot,” Brunner said. “If this doesn’t connect now, I don’t think anyone, another 15 years from now, will be panting over the long-awaited follow-up to ‘Chinese Democracy.’ “

American Music Awards Fashions

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