MUSIC NEWSLast Update on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 3:05 AM EST
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Miley Cyrus Named MTV's Top Artist Of The Year
If this was the year you learned what the word "twerk" means — you can probably guess who was named MTV's artist of the year for 2013. Miley Cyrus' risque romp with Robin Thicke on the MTV Video Music Awards made her an easy choice for the network. MTV says the former child star's MTV performance was the most watched video on its site all year — and her artist site got more hits than any other. The duet, complete with Cyrus' frolicking with huge teddy bears, grinding against Thicke — and that unforgettable foam finger — was one of the year's most-talked-about cultural events.
This time, Justin Bieber is making headlines for trying to help, instead of some of the other stuff he's been making the news for this year. The singer has visited the Philippines — and is asking his fans to help the victims of last month's killer typhoon. The Beeb posted a video on a fundraising Web site, asking for his fans to help. He's one of several American artists who have visited the Philippines since the disaster. Alicia Keys visited an air base in Manila two weeks ago to hand out crayons and coloring books to children affected by the storm. The typhoon let nearly 6,000 dead and more than 1,700 missing — and flattened entire towns and villages in the central Philippines.
Arguments Set For Michael Jackson's Doctor's Appeal
A California court has set a date to hear arguments by Michael Jackson's doctor — who's appealing his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the singer's death. The appeals court has scheduled the matter to be taken up on January 9. Former cardiologist Conrad Murray is appealing his 2011 conviction on a number of grounds. For one thing, he says a judge excluded jurors from hearing key evidence — and should have sequestered jurors during the trial. Murray was released in October after serving nearly two years in jail.
Music Groups Avoiding Seaworld
What do Heart, Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson have in common? They are among the music acts that have pulled out of scheduled performances at SeaWorld in Florida. And it wasn't because they were sick, either. They have all mentioned the recent documentary "Blackfish" as their reason for bailing. The film raises questions about the effects of captivity on killer whales, like the giant orcas who perform at SeaWorld. Joan Jett has also taken a stand on the matter, though she wasn't to perform there in person. She has asked the theme park to stop using her song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" as the opening music for its "Shamu Rocks" show. Jett says she's "sickened" that her music is being played at the whale show — when whales are "sound-sensitive marine mammals."
Woman Dies In Shooting During Rap Concert
Police in California say a woman shot to death during a rap concert near San Francisco was probably not the intended target of the fatal bullet. The Times-Herald of Vallejo, California , reports that officers responded to a report of shots fired a park featuring a show by Lil Scrappy. Police found a 34-year-old woman and another woman hit by gunfire. The 34-year-old victim died at a hospital; the other woman was treated and released. Police say there were likely multiple shooters — but no arrests have been made.
Authorities In Delaware Probe Shooting After Meek Mill Show
Delaware State police are investigating a weekend shooting at a nightclub after a show by hip-hop artist Meek Mill. Four people were hit — but none of the injuries are life-threatening. The incident took place at a club in Wilmington early Saturday morning. When officers arrived, they found hundreds of people in the parking lot, trying to escape the shooting by foot or by car. Troopers said they could hear multiple gunshots and multiple shooters as they approached. There are no suspects — and authorities are trying to piece together a motive.
After tonight, "The Voice" could be all Adam. Adam Levine has three singers left, going into tonight's double elimination. The field of five will be cut to three, meaning they could be all from Team Adam. But Jacquie Lee will make that tough. The 16-year-old from Team Xtina was outstanding again last night. So was Tessanne Chin from Team Adam. Blake Shelton is going to have trouble repeating as the winning coach. His one remaining singer, Cole Vosbury, seemed a little outclassed in the semifinals.
Cage The Elephant Working Apart, Then Coming Together
It wasn't that kind of break up. But members of Cage the Elephant says their time away from each other helped produce a better album this time. Matt Shultz says after touring for six years, the alternative rock group decided to go their separate ways. And he says that helped the song-writing process. He says when people are — as he put it — "living on top of each other," members had a group identity and wrote songs to fit that mold. But he says once they got some space between them, each had a fresher perspective on which direction the group should take. He says there were clashes at first, but once they got together, the time apart turned out to be "for the betterment of the band." The album's first single, "Come A Little Closer," has done well, topping the alt-rock charts.
Bob Dylan's Electric Guitar Sells At Auction
It's part of one of the most iconic events in modern music history: the time Bob Dylan went "plugged." It happened at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival — and that electric moment is making history for another reason now. The Fender Stratocaster Dylan used at that event has sold for nearly $1 million. That's the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction. Dylan's performance at the festival in Rhode Island 48 years ago marked his break with the old guard of the folk movement — and a shift away from acoustic music toward amplified rock, such as "Like a Rolling Stone." At the time, folk purists saw Dylan as a traitor and a sellout — though some have chilled in their opinion since then.
American Country Awards Set For Tonight
It's usually all about the music when the American Country Awards are given out. But this year's event may be getting some attention for the woman who will be co-hosting: NASCAR driver Danica Patrick. She says she hesitated when asked to take on the gig, sharing the hosting duties with Trace Adkins. She says the producers helped convince her that she would have fun and enjoy herself. Also expected to enjoy the night are Taylor Swift, who has eight nominations, leading all acts. Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line have seven nods apiece. The event will be telecast live on Fox, at 8 p.m., Eastern.
Backup Singers To Perform Anthem At Rose Bowl Game
For years they lived — and sang — in the shadows. Now four of the singers who were featured in the documentary "20 Feet from Stardom" will get some time in the spotlight. Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love will sing the national anthem before the 100th Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California. The singers have done background vocals for such superstars as Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger.
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