Mary J Blige, ‘Glee’s’ Lea Michelle and Sara Evans to appear at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference

Lea Michelle (center on stairs) will appear at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference. Glee cast pictured (L-R): Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale (seated), Amber Riley, Lea Michele (center), Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith.(Photo: FOX/Matthias Clamer)

Lea Michelle (center on stairs) will appear at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference. Glee cast pictured (L-R): Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale (seated), Amber Riley, Lea Michele (center), Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith.(Photo: FOX/Matthias Clamer)

The 8th annual Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference will be held on October 29-30 in Beverly Hills.  The most highly anticipated panels at the event this year will be for the TV show “Glee”, the movie “Twilight:New Moon”, the Sara Evans and SOAPnet panel and Mary J. Blige’s keynote panel.

The Glee panel will be called BACKBEAT: THE ANATOMY OF A TV SHOW- Fox’s “Glee”
A look behind-the-scenes at how “Glee” uses music — from on screen in synchs to the soundtrack for stores. Adam Anders (Glee music producer) and Grammy winner Lea Michelle who plays Rachel on the show will be just a few who will be on the panel.

The “New Moon” panel will feature a discussion called SOUNDTRACK CASE STUDY:”THE TWILIGHT SAGA:NEW MOON”. The masterminds behind the 2.1 million-selling soundtrack to “Twilight” discuss how they selected the bands and songs to appear on the soundtrack to film’s sequel, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Paul Katz, music consultant of Summit Entertainment will be one of the speakers on the panel.

Day 1 Keynote Speaker will be country singer Sara Evans — Multiple-platinum selling and award-winning country artist Sara Evans talks about her deal with ABC Daytime and SOAPnet for promotion, placement and tour sponsorship.

Day 2 Keynote Speaker will be R&B legend, Mary J. Blige.  –R&B legend Mary J. Blige discusses her career and  contributions to film and TV music, including a preview of the song she wrote  for Lionsgate’s “PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY  SAPPHIRE.” The film, directed by “Monster’s Ball” producer Lee Daniels  and adapted for the screen by Geoffrey Fletcher, stars Mo’Nique, Paula Patton,  Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and introduces Gabourey Sidibe.  PRECIOUS will be in theaters  beginning on November 6, 2009. Blige’s next album will be released this fall.

For more information and tickets: Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Conference

Moments From The Michael Jackson Memorial

Michael Jackson Memorial Program

Michael Jackson Memorial Program

Friends, family and a world on fans came to say goodbye to Michael Jackson in a memorial at The Staples Center on Tuesday.

A host of celebrity friends, including Queen Latifah, Brooke Shields, Mariah Carey, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, Lakers Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, brother Jermaine Jackson and daughter Paris Jackson,  remembered the singer with moving words and songs.

Here’s a look back at some moments from the event. Michael Jackson 1958-2009.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee: “We are the world and we are better because Michael Joseph Jackson lived. On behalf of myself and the people who are here, Michael Jackson, I salute you.”

President Barack Obama, asked about the outpouring of emotion related to Jackson’s death during an interview in Moscow: “There are certain people in our popular culture that just capture people’s imaginations. And in death, they become even larger. Now, I have to admit that it’s also fed by a 24/7 media that is insatiable.”

Brooke Shields, recalling a moment she shared with Jackson at Elizabeth Taylor’s 1991 wedding: “We snuck in and took pictures of ourselves next to her dress. We always seemed to revert to being little kids.”

Jennifer Hudson’s Tribute to Michael:

Paris Jackson’s Speaks About Her Father:

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT: LIVE!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008 6:00 PM SHARP!
Door Time: 4:00 PM

The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night will announce nominations in at least six categories, feature performances by past GRAMMY® winners and nominees including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Foo Fighters, B.B. King, John Mayer, and Taylor Swift, and will set the stage for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Feb. 8, 2009. The special also marks the first time nominations for the annual GRAMMY® Awards will be announced live on primetime television.

Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience a one-hour exclusive concert by John Mayer in celebration of the grand opening of the GRAMMY MuseumSM.