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Tom Cruise Sings Bon Jovi's 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' In New Trailer For 'Rock Of Ages' (Watch It!)

4/3/2012 9:34pm EDT
Rock Of Ages
The new trailer for this summer's sure-to-be-hit musical Rock Of Ages, starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige was released Tuesday, and if you look close enough (near the end) you can catch Cruise, as aging rocker Stacee Jaxx, belting out a few lines of Bon Jovi's classic "Wanted Dead Or Alive".

The film features the music of numerous 80s hair bands, including Def Leppard, Journey, Poison, and Warrant.

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Sophia Bush Talks Music & Activism At Belvedere (RED) Bash (Video)

2/15/2012 3:00pm EST
Sophia Bush
Mary J. Blige kicked off Grammy weekend last Thursday with a performance at the Belvedere(RED) bash—one of the most coveted parties in Hollywood. Heather Graham, Sophia Bush, Paris Hilton, Chelsea Handler and many others came out to celebrate the partnership between Belvedere Vodka and (RED), in hopes of promoting an AIDS free generation by 2015. We caught up with actress/activist, Sophia Bush, to chat about the good cause and what’s on her iPod.

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'The Help' Leads 2012 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

1/19/2012 2:40pm EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama The Help looks set to dominate the 2012 NAACP Image Awards after landing eight nominations.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture against seven-time nominee Pariah, comedy Tower Heist, Jumping The Broom and The First Grader, while stars Viola Davis and Emma Stone will go head-to-head for the title of Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.

The Help co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson are also nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress field, alon...
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Celebrity Birthdays - January 11, 2012

1/11/2012 3:00am EST
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Happy Birthday to:

R & B singer Mary J. Blige (1971)

Australian singer Cody Simpson (1997)

Singer Jamelia (1981)

2012 star Amanda Peet (1972)

The Facts Of Life actress Kim Coles (1962)

Bangles guitarist Vicki Peterson (1958)

Country star Robert Earl Keen (1957)

Jazz musician Lee Ritenour (1952)

The Judds matriarch Naomi Judd (1946)

E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons (1942; d. 2011)

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Lady Gaga Leads 2012 Oscars Song Nominees

12/20/2011 3:47pm EST
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Lady Gaga is in the running for an Oscar after she was named among the nominees for the coveted Best Song prize.

The pop superstar's duet with Elton John, Hello Hello, from the Rocket Man's Gnomeo & Juliet movie, has been included in a long list of 39 songs in competition for gold at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Mary J. Blige's track Living Proof, from The Help, is also on the list, along with will.i.am's Hot Wings, from Rio, and Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley's duet Collision of Worlds, from Cars 2.

Other artists in consideration for the prize include Chris Cornell (The Keeper, from Ma...
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Millions Watch As 'American Idol' Finalists Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina Mess Up On Thanksgiving (Video & Parade Pics)

11/25/2011 5:00pm EST
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The stars were out on the streets of New York City for the 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, including Neil Diamond (who's releasing yet another greatest hits album Dec. 6), Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne, Mary J. Blige and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.

All the real stars were there too - Kermit the Frog, Mickey Mouse, Spider-Man, Spongebob and tons of other, all capped off by the arrival of the one and only Santa Claus.

Unfortunately for Scotty, though, he inadvertently let us all in on a little-known secret about the parade - he flubbed his chance to make peo...
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Denise Richards & Katherine Heigl To Star In Adoption TV Special

11/21/2011 9:27am EST
Denise Richards & Katherine Heigl
Denise Richards and Katherine Heigl will share their experiences of adoption for an upcoming TV special.

Richards has two daughters with ex-husband Charlie Sheen, and she recently added a baby girl called Eloise to her family after a two-year adoption process.

She will now open up about the experience on TV in a show hosted by country star Martina McBride.

"A Home for the Holidays With Martina McBride" will also feature an interview with Hollywood actress Heigl, who adopted a baby girl called Naleigh from South Korea, and her sister Meg, who was also adopted from the Asian country.

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2011 American Music Awards Fashion: Selena Gomez Sizzles, Taylor Swift Sparkles & More!

11/21/2011 8:17am EST
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The ladies dominated the red carpet at the 2011 American Music Awards last night. Selena Gomez looked like a silver seductress alongside her boyfriend Justin Bieber.

Strapless dresses were a popular choice for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott.

Jennifer Lopez wore a tight black and nude gown, while Katherine Heigl showed off a little cleavage and leg.

Check out all the photos on the following pages!

Katy Perry

Taylor Swift

Jennifer Lopez

Nicki Minaj

Jennifer Hudson

Audrina Patridge

Alanis Morisette

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Stars Bid Farewell To Heavy D At His Funeral

11/19/2011 4:30pm EST
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Samuel L. Jackson and Will Smith were among the stars who paid their last respects to late hip-hop icon Heavy D at his funeral in New York on Friday.

The veteran MC, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, died last week after collapsing outside his home in Beverly Hills, California. He was 44.

Thousands of fans mourned Heavy D's passing at a public memorial on Thursday and celebrities from the worlds of hip-hop and Hollywood gathered in Mount Vermont on Friday to bid farewell to the star.

Combs delivered a touching eulogy at the ceremony and remembere...
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Fellow Stars Set To Attend Heavy D's Funeral

11/12/2011 5:03pm EST
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Mary J. Blige and Sean 'Diddy' Combs are expected to be among the mourners when rapper Heavy D is laid to rest in New York next week.

A private funeral has been planned for the 44 year old who died on Tuesday. There will be a public viewing of the rap star's body for fans on November 17, according to reports.

The hip-hop star, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, was found unconscious outside his home in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles an hour later.

There were no obvious signs of foul play.
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Taraji P. Henson & Tatyana Ali Win 'Black Girls Rock' Awards

10/18/2011 8:53am EDT
Taraji P Henson
Taraji P. Henson and singer/actress Tatyana Ali were among the honorees at Saturday night's sixth annual Black Girls Rock Awards.

Henson picked up the "Star Power Award" while Ali was named the "Young, Gifted & Black Award" recipient.

The New York City party, which was hosted by Diana Ross' daughter Tracee and Regina King, featured performances by Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Mary Mary, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.
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Tom Cruise Took Care Of Julianne Hough On 'Rock Of Ages' Set

10/14/2011 5:30pm EDT
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise helped to nurse his "Rock Of Ages" co-star Julianne Hough back to health after she injured herself during a dance scene.

The pair was filming an energetic routine when dancer-turned-actress Hough lost her footing and ended up in a heap on the floor, and she admits she had to pinch herself when she found Cruise helping her back to her feet.

She tells People magazine, "He took care of me on set. He was making sure I was OK, and I was like, 'Somebody cares about me, and it's Tom Cruise!'"

But the Hollywood actor wasn't the only co-star Hough bonded with - she now also cou...
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Mary J. Blige Wants To Collaborate With 'Rock' Star Tom Cruise

9/27/2011 3:46pm EDT
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R&B superstar Mary J. Blige would jump at the chance to hit the recording studio with Tom Cruise after witnessing the actor rock out in their upcoming movie musical Rock Of Ages.

The Mission: Impossible star portrays Stacee Jaxx in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway hit, and Blige admits she was left in awe of his stage presence onset.

She tells Eonline.com, "You guys are going to be blown away. He is insane... he became a rock star. He sang like one, he moved like one, he talked like one. He made us scream when he walked past us."

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Jim Jones Sued Over Ashanti Track

9/23/2011 8:06am EDT
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Rapper Jim Jones is facing a lawsuit from an R&B producer who alleges he sampled a copyrighted track without his permission.

The hip-hop star is accused of using Christopher R. Liggio's song Changing the Locks/Disco Rabbit on his record Changing the Locks, which features vocals from Ashanti.

Liggio filed papers at New York federal court on Wednesday also claiming music companies including Entertainment One, Universal Music Publishing, Songs of Universal Inc. and Pookitoots LLC also used the track without his consent.

Liggio, who has previously worked with Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige, was ...
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Sting To Celebrate His 60th Birthday With Charity Concert

8/31/2011 7:46am EDT
Sting
Sting will celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday in style - he's staging a charity concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder.

The rocker, who turns the milestone on October 2nd, is to mark the date with a charity show, and he's invited his showbiz pals to take to the stage with him in New York.

Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am, Rufus Wainwright and Billy Joel are also among the stars set to play the one-off concert, to raise funds for anti-poverty charity the Robin Hood Foundation.

The gig, which also marks the 25th anniversary of Sting's solo care...
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Mary J. Blige Takes Acting Lessons To Prepare For Film Career

8/8/2011 5:00pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
R&B star Mary J. Blige is taking acting lessons in an effort to ensure she's worthy of future film roles.

The singer made her big screen acting debut in I Can Do Bad All By Myself and she's currently shooting musical Rock of Ages.

Blige will also play jazz and blues legend Nina Simone in a new biopic - and she's determined to master her new craft.

She says, "I'm trying to do everything - I have a dialect coach, acting coach, piano coach... everything. I'm just doing what I'm doing. The film thing is going to start happening more often because I'm trying to nail it, not just get an act...
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Mary J. Blige Studying Nina Simone For New Movie Role

7/12/2011 12:20am EDT
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige is spending the summer researching the life of jazz and blues legend Nina Simone ready for an upcoming biopic.

The schedule of Blige's current film Rock of Ages has forced film bosses to delay the start of the Simone story until October - and that gives the R&B star plenty of time to study up on one of her heroines - and get her sound just right for the project.

The "I'm Going Down" singer says, "I have a lot of YouTube (footage) of her to study her and I read about her and talked to different people about her. I need to become whoever she was and dig in.

"I got to get a pi...
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Chris Brown Dominates The 2011 BET Awards - See All Winners & Photos

6/27/2011 8:19am EDT
Chris Brown
R&B star Chris Brown sealed his career comeback by picking up four trophies at the BET Awards on Sunday.

The Kiss Kiss hit-maker's career was in ruins after he was convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna during a heated fight in 2009, but Brown proved the controversy is firmly behind him at the 2011 BET Awards prize giving in Los Angeles.

He won best Male R&B Artist, Viewers' choice, Collaboration for Look At Me Now with Lil Wayne, which also won him the Video of the Year. Brown's former lover was also a winner at the ceremony - Rihanna was named best Female R&B artist.

Kany...
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Justin Bieber Hires MC Hammer To Perform At Manager's Birthday Party

6/20/2011 11:35am EDT
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber made sure his manager Scooter Braun had a birthday to remember by hiring MC Hammer to perform as his gift.

Braun, who helped make Bieber a global superstar, turned 30 on Saturday and a host of celebrities turned up at the party in Los Angeles to help him celebrate the milestone.

Usher, Mary J. Blige, Adam Levine, Kim Kardashian, Nicky and Paris Hilton, Wilmer Valderrama and Rita Wilson were among the guests, but it was Bieber who ensured the bash went with a bang.

After performing his own hits Baby and Never Say Never, Bieber introduced MC Hammer on to the stage, with th...
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Prince And Mary J. Blige Rock L.A.

5/30/2011 5:00pm EDT
Prince
Pop superstar Prince thrilled fans in Los Angeles on Saturday night by performing with Mary J. Blige during his show.

The Purple Rain hitmaker sang his hits at The Forum venue and midway through his set he invited Blige, his warm-up act, to team up with him for a rendition of Nothing Compares 2 U, a track he wrote in the 1980s and which was later made famous by Sinead O'Connor.

And the duet went down well with the crowd, which included actor Russell Crowe.

In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page on Sunday, he writes, "Went to see Prince at The Forum in LA last night... I did go c...
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Behind The Scenes: Sexy Shots Of Julianne Hough In 'Rock Of Ages'

5/24/2011 12:00pm EDT
Rock Of Ages
Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta shot a scene on the beach for the new movie "Rock of Ages" in Hollywood, Florida, yesterday.

The film is an adaptation of the hit off-Broadway musical. It centers on two love-struck dreamers who fall in love during the height of the hair-metal scene as they navigate the seedy world of drugs, mullets, and stripping while at a club on the Sunset Strip.

Tom Cruise thrilled his "Rock Of Ages" castmates when he showed up for a script reading in full character. The actor donned rocker gear to give co-stars like Mary J. Blige a taste of what Stacee Jaxx, his outra...
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Selena Gomez Sizzles At Billboard Music Awards; See Tons Of Celebrity Red Carpet Photos

5/23/2011 8:38am EDT
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez attended Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in a sexy side cut-out dress in support of her boyfriend Justin Bieber, who took home eight trophies.

The stars wore a variety of ensembles at the music event. Rihanna embraced the plunging neckline trend in a white pant suit, while Nicki Minaj wore a signature pink wig with a skintight blue bodysuit.

Several stars opted for the traditional black dress, including Selena, Beyonce, Nicole Kidman and Fergie. Check out the celebrities below, and tell us who looked the best and worst!

CHECK OUT ALL THE WINNERS HERE!

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Hot Music Celebrity Hair Trends

5/18/2011 3:00pm EDT
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Now that Spring is here, and Summer is just around the corner, it's that traditional time of the year where many look to update Winter hairstyles in search of something new. And, where better to look for new inspiration from other than music celebrities for hair trends? Many never shy away from throwing out dated looks in search of something new. Here out our picks for some of the biggest and popular hair trends made popular by music celebrities. Let know your favorite music hair trend!

Nothing makes a statement more than bold hair. Extreme side cut hair styles are not for the faint of ...
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Stars Come Together To Support Mary J Blige's Charity

5/2/2011 4:32pm EDT
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Last night, some of the hottest women in music came together at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom to support Mary J. Blige and her charity, FFAWN, supporting women to reach their full potential. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Corrine Bailey Rae, Jill Scott and Anita J joined forces with Mary J on stage to deliver some jaw-dropping performances.

Other celebrities in attendance included Evan Rachel Wood, Dianna Agron, Russel Simmons, Queen Latifah and a whole lot more. In true Manhattan fashion, the event was decorated by one of the fashion industry’s finest, Donna Karan, with cocktails flo...
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Catherine Zeta-Jones Added To 'Rock Of Ages' Cast

4/20/2011 8:50pm EDT
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones has bounced back from a spell in rehab to land a role in movie musical Rock Of Ages.

The Welsh actress, who won an Oscar for her role in Chicago, will play the villainous, ultra-conservative Mayor's wife in the film adaptation of the Broadway show, which includes Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin and Julianne Hough among its cast.

Zeta-Jones' role was created specifically for the film, according to EW.com.

Her casting comes a week after revelations she is struggling from Bipolar II disorder, which recently prompted her to check into a treatment c...
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Russell Brand Joins 'Rock Of Ages' Cast

4/13/2011 9:21pm EDT
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Russell Brand has joined the cast of movie musical Rock Of Ages following months of speculation.

The British funnyman was trying to schedule the role of Lonny around his summer plans with wife Katy Perry and now it appears he's sorted out the logistics.

He'll join Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige among the supporting cast of the film.

Little-known Mexican actor Diego Boneta was announced as the star of the project last week.

The film will be adapted from the hit Broadway musical of the same name.

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Tom Cruise Hires Axl Rose's Singing Coach

4/12/2011 8:14am EDT
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Tom Cruise has reportedly hired Axl Rose's voice coach to help him hit the high notes in movie musical Rock Of Ages.

The star is preparing for his role as bad boy rocker Stacee Jaxx, and he's very serious about coming across as a bona-fide rock god on the big screen, according to director Adam Shankman.

The moviemaker tells TheWrap.com, "He's been studying with Axl Rose's voice teacher, like, five hours a day. The prognosis is more than excellent. The voice lesson where he opened up and suddenly let loose... was really great.

Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige will join Cr...
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Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ciara & More Were all out for Clive Davis' Annual Pre-Grammy Awards Bash (Pics!)

2/13/2011 3:37pm EST
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The stars were out in full-force Saturday night at music mogul Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons. This year's event honored Davis' fellow music mogul David Geffen and was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

Several guests even performed during the party - Jennifer Hudson and Barry Manilow performed a duet together; and R. Kelly played a short set. And Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Cee Lo Green and Rod Stewart also joined the festivities and sang some of their hits.

But Whitney Houston's performance was the big highlight of the evening as she took th...
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Look Back: The Most Memorable & Outrageous Grammy Fashion (Video)

2/9/2011 2:30pm EST
Paula Abdul
It's not just the music that gets us pumped for the Grammy Awards, it's also the fashion. Take a look back at some of the most memorable and outrageous fashions from Grammy's past:

2010 brought us a new planet in the solar system in the form of Lady Gaga. And Britney Spears may have cleaned up her act, but she didn't recover her fashion sense.

Paula Abdul's gold geisha look with the mile-high hairdo was definitely a disaster.

In 2008, Cher must have gone curtain shopping on Grammy day. And we hope Mary J. Blige's collision with Big Bird wasn't too painful.

Check them out and more in t...
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Happy 40th Birthday, Mary J. Blige!

1/11/2011 8:38am EST
Mary J Blige
R&B superstar Mary J. Blige celebrates a milestone age on Tuesday as she turns 40 years old.

The Yonkers, New York native has been a permanent fixture in the spotlight since landing her first record deal at the tender age of 17.

She has since achieved worldwide success with her blend of hip-hop and soul and has sold over 50 million albums to date.

To wish Mary a very Happy Birthday, WENN has bowed down and compiled 10 fascinating facts about the "The Queen of Hip-hop Soul":

- Her father, Thomas, a jazz musician, taught her how to hit the high notes

- Blige and rap entrepreneur Sean 'Di...
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