"AMERICAN IDOL": NICKI VS. MARIAH
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cats and dogs seem to get along better than Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey lately. Video leaked from Tuesday's "American Idol" auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, show Minaj and Carey in a heated and sometimes profane argument after a contestant audition. Ryan Seacrest says on his KIIS-FM radio show he wasn't in the room at the time but the argument got "intense." He says it was near the end of the day and the producers stopped the auditions, pushing the remaining contestants into yesterday's auditions. Neither Carey nor Minaj have commented on the incident.
MUMFORD AND SONS HIT NUMBER ONE WITH "BABEL"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mumford and Sons have blown away the competition with record sales this week. Their "Babel" album sold 600,000 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That puts it at number one on the Billboard album chart. Green Day's "Uno" was second with sales of 139,000, and No Doubt's "Push and Shove" was third, selling 115,000 copies.
NO DOUBT SETTLE "BAND HERO" LAWSUIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt has settled its lawsuit against Activision over the way they were portrayed in the video game "Band Hero." The band objected to the game allowing players to use their avatars to sing other musicians' songs. The suit says in the game, Gwen Stefani could sing "Honky Tonk Woman" or bassist Tony Kanal sing "Just A Girl" in Stefani's voice. Activision denied any wrongdoing. A trial was set to begin October 15. Details of the settlement are not known.
TAYLOR HANSON WELCOMES FIFTH BABY
NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Hanson of Hanson is a dad for the fifth time. People magazine reports his wife, Natalie, gave birth to a girl on Tuesday. They've named her Wilhelmina Jane Hanson. They have three other sons and one daughter.
THE REPLACEMENTS RECORD EP
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Replacements have recorded an EP to raise money for guitarist Slim Dunlap's medical bills. Rolling Stone reports Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have recorded four cover songs. Westerberg says drummer Chris Mars didn't want anything to do with the project, so they enlisted drummer Peter Anderson. They also recruited Kevin Bowe from Westerberg's solo band to stand in for Dunlap, who is recovering from a severe stroke. The EP will be released on ten-inch vinyl with only 250 copies made. They will be auctioned online with all the proceeds going to Dunlap. Westerberg says he and Stinson "still rock like murder."
FTC PROPOSES FINE AGAINST MUSIC FAN SITES
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Federal Trade Commission wants to fine a unit of Warner Music Group for violating a child privacy law with fan sites for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Rihanna. Commissioner Edith Ramirez told a meeting of the Children's Advertising Review Unit in New York yesterday the FTC wants to fine website operator Artist Arena $1 million. Ramirez says it collected names, email addresses, street addresses and cellphone numbers from more than 100,000 children aged 12 and under. Ramirez says BieberFever.com, for example, asked for a parent's email address for confirmation but dropped that requirement after a month. A judge would have to confirm the fine.
MYLES KENNEDY SICK
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Last night's show featuring Slash and Myles Kennedy in Los Angeles was called off because Kennedy is sick. The show has been rescheduled for December 2. Kennedy had tweeted earlier this week, "Dear Bronchitis...thanks for visiting. You have been rude and obnoxious. It's always a pleasure."
RESTAURANT THAT INSPIRED R.E.M. IN DIRE FINANCIAL STRAITS
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The owner of a soul food restaurant that inspired the R.E.M. album title "Automatic For The People" says he will probably have to close. Dexter Weaver tells The Banner-Herald of Athens, Georgia, he talked the gas company out of shutting off the gas last week to his Weaver D's Delicious Fine Foods restaurant. The business has taken a financial hit in recent years and has been behind on its bills. One of the restaurant's mottos is "automatic for the people." The restaurant features R.E.M. pictures on its walls and is a draw for R.E.M. fans.
ABBA EXHIBIT WILL BE CENTERPIECE OF NEW SWEDISH MUSIC MUSEUM
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA recalls one costume he wore in their heyday that was particularly awful. He says it was "some kind of Superman leotard with a cape" that he says makes him sick when he sees it. The ABBAWORLD exhibition of costumes and memorabilia that toured Europe in recent years will have a permanent home in a new museum dedicated to Swedish music in Stockholm. It will open in April or May. Ulvaeus says he hopes all four members will attend, but forget the idea of a reunion performance. Ulvaeus says he thinks it's cool that they are the only group of their status who have never reunited.
"THE X FACTOR" GOES TO BOOT CAMP
MIAMI (AP) -- "The X Factor" judges said yes to about 120 acts at the auditions, and last night they had to say no to about half of them. Among those who made it through to the next round include tech support guy Jason Brock, 13-year-old R-and-B powerhouse Diamond White and Gene Simmons' daughter, Sophie. Others who made it include cowboy Tate Stevens, part-time piano teacher Jillian Jensen and Freddie Combs, the minister who weighs 540 pounds. The judges said goodbye to YouTube kid Trevor Moran, 12-year-old Jordyn Foley with the ponytails and Jake Garza, who fell apart at boot camp singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart."
ROCK HALL NOMINEES
UNDATED (AP) -- Rush and Deep Purple are among the group of first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They join returnees Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Kraftwerk. In all, 15 artists are up for entry. A group of 600 artists, music historians and industry insiders will choose 2013's inductees. They will be honored April 18 in Los Angeles.
MOTOWN MUSICIAN FRANK WILSON DIES
DUARTE, Calif. (AP) -- Motown songwriter and producer Frank Wilson has died. His daughter tells the Los Angeles Times Wilson died of a lung infection on September 27 outside Los Angeles. Wilson co-wrote "Love Child," "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and "Chained." He produced several acts including Eddie Kendricks and Stevie Wonder. Wilson had a short career as a Motown singer himself, but became an underground sensation in Britain. A rare Wilson single, "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)," sold in 2009 for nearly $40,000, setting a Guinness World Record for most expensive music single sold at auction.
SUFJAN STEVENS PREPARES HOLIDAY BOXED SET
LANDER, Wyo. (AP) -- Sufjan Stevens is putting out another collection of his Christmas songs. "Silver and Gold: Songs for Christmas Volume 6-10" consists of holiday songs Stevens recorded as gifts for his friends and family between 2006 and 2010. Guest musicians include Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The boxed set includes 5 CDs, Christmas stickers, temporary tattoos, a paper ornament, song lyrics and chord charts, psychedelic artwork by Stevens himself and something described as "an apocalyptic pull-out poster." "Silver and Gold" comes out November 13.
BET WILL HONOR WARWICK, KEYS DURING "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!"
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dionne Warwick and Alicia Keys will get special honors during the BET show "Black Girls Rock!" Warwick will be honored as a living legend, and Keys will get the Rock Star Award. The special honors the accomplishments of black women. It will tape October 13 in New York and air on BET November 4.
RIHANNA, BRUNO MARS, JUSTIN BIEBER SET FOR VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber will perform for the ladies in their underwear. They are the featured entertainment for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show that will run on December 4 on CBS.
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