Lovato signs multi-book deal, including memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Demi Lovato’s next stage will be on the page. The singer-actress has agreed to a multi-book deal with Feiwel (FYE’-well) and Friends. The publisher, an imprint of Macmillan, announced the deal Monday. The first…

New season at daytime talk-alikes

NEW YORK (AP) — Balloons and fans chanting her name greeted Jenny McCarthy on her first day on “The View” on Monday, opening a transition season for Barbara Walters’ daytime show at the same time a program modeled…

Review: Jimmy Webb spins another unique album

Jimmy Webb, “Still Within the Sound of My Voice” (E1) Jimmy Webb continues to recast his grand songwriting catalog on “Still Within the Sound of My Voice” through carefully produced duets with special guests, from veterans Kris Kristofferson…

Review: Hymns populate posthumous Jones album

George Jones, “Amazing Grace” (Bandit/Welk) The first release of George Jones music following his death in April features the legendary singer on a collection of traditional hymns. Largely recorded in 2002, “Amazing Grace” finds Jones in full voice…

Review: Arctic Monkeys endure American love affair

Arctic Monkeys, “AM” (Domino) A woozy, psychedelic collection cooked up in the Californian desert, Arctic Monkeys’ latest album, “AM,” is the sound of Sheffield via San Francisco. Fans expecting anything approaching the kinetic, snot-punk blast of the English…

George Strait sets dates for last run on the road

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Strait will finish off his two-year farewell tour in the biggest house in his home state of Texas — the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. The country superstar held a rare news conference Monday…

Review: Keith Urban switches it up, finds success

Keith Urban, “Fuse” (Hit Red/Capitol) Even though Keith Urban scored three No. 1 hits on his last outing, the veteran country star decided to shake up his production team for his new album, “Fuse.” Longtime studio partner Dann…

Elton John to perform Liberace tribute at Emmys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elton John is about to do something he’s never done: Perform live at the Emmy Awards. The television academy announced Monday that the 66-year-old musician will make his Emmy debut with a tribute to…

Novel offers vision of hunting trip gone awry

“Goat Mountain” (Harper), by David Vann Gun owners like to say they teach their children to never point a loaded weapon at another person. But what if a father let his 11-year-old son peer through the scope of…

Bono, designers to raise AIDS funds at NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) — The design and music worlds are coming together to help fight AIDS in Africa. Apple chief designer Sir Jonathan Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson are collaborating with rocker Bono. They’re producing 40 original…

Pop! One Direction star takes hit in soccer game

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Maybe soccer isn’t for One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, after all. The boy band star was playing in a charity match at the stadium of Scottish champion Celtic when he was knocked to the…

Swift property trespassing charge dismissed in RI

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A trespassing charge has been dismissed against a Maine man accused of showing up at singer Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island vacation home. The Westerly Sun (http://bit.ly/18OYq5q ) reports that police decided to drop…

Calif. neuroscientist helps light up Hart’s shows

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has a new piece of equipment accompanying him on his latest tour — a cap fitted with electrodes that capture his brain activity and direct the movements of…

Designers defy matchy-matchy wisdom for the mix

NEW YORK (AP) — Most people are taught from a young age that they want their outfits to match. Isn’t that why there are suits? And belts should complement shoes. And try to match your shades of black,…

Sinatra’s old Tahoe resort to get major makeover

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Lake Tahoe resort once owned by Frank Sinatra and frequented by his Rat Pack buddies is about to undergo a major makeover. The Cal Neva hotel-casino straddling the California-Nevada line will close for…
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Bruno Mars to sing at halftime of Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winner Bruno Mars will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl. The NFL made the announcement ahead of the kickoff of games on Sunday, with Mars joined by FOX co-host Terry Bradshaw and analyst…
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Eminem makes puzzling appearance on ESPN

NEW YORK (AP) — Eminem made an unlikely and puzzling appearance on ESPN’s “Saturday Night Football” halftime show. The rap superstar, who has a new album out in the fall, appeared to promote his new single and video,…
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Charlie Hunnam talks about ’50 Shades’ role

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Hunnam will likely have to bare all and engage in some very graphic sex scenes as the leading man in “50 Shades of Grey,” but he says it’s not a new dimension for…

Beckham’s fashion show allows no distractions

NEW YORK (AP) — The tight ship Victoria Beckham seems to run at New York Fashion Week allowed her newest collection to sail smoothly down the runway Sunday morning. For Beckham, there is no chaos or confusion. That…
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Bruno Mars to sing at halftime of Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winner Bruno Mars will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl. The NFL made the announcement ahead of the kickoff of games on Sunday, with Mars joined by FOX co-host Terry Bradshaw and analyst…