Lifetime renews ‘Devious Maids’ for 2nd season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lifetime channel says it’s renewing “Devious Maids” for a second season. Lifetime says the series about the lives of domestic workers and their wealthy bosses has proved the network’s fastest-growing drama since its…

Michelle Obama in hip-hop healthy eating video

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) — Michelle Obama is making a cameo appearance in a video for a hip-hop song recorded to encourage kids from minority groups to take care of their bodies. The song, “Everybody,” is one of…

The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks

The iBookstore’s Official Book Charts for the week ending Aug. 12, 2013: 1. “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith & J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown & Company) 2. “Burn,” by Maya Banks (Penguin Group US) 3. “Mistress,” by James…

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending Aug. 12, 2013: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Words With Friends (Zynga Inc.) 2. Minecraft-Pocket Edition (Mojang) 3. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.) 4. AfterLight (Simon Filip) 5. Pixlgun 3D –…

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending Aug. 12, 2013: Top Songs: 1. “Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell),” Robin Thicke 2. “Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake),” JAY Z 3. “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus 4. “Radioactive,”…

Tompall Glaser, an original Nashville outlaw, dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tompall Glaser, a country music singer, publisher and studio owner best known for his association with the outlaw movement against record labels, died Tuesday. He was 79. Louis Glaser, Tompall Glaser’s nephew, said the…

Actresses urge support for Calif. paparazzi bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner are urging California lawmakers to support legislation that would impose tougher penalties on paparazzi who harass celebrities and their children. The stars testified Tuesday before the Assembly Judiciary…

Sandberg’s Lean In circles: 7,000 plus and growing

In Mexico, says marketing executive Ana Falcon, employers often assume that women like her, in their childbearing years, aren’t going to last too long in the job — that they’re going to quickly Lean Back, rather than Lean…

Usher’s son released from hospital after accident

ATLANTA (AP) — The son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher has been released from the hospital after nearly drowning in an Atlanta pool. A lawyer for the boy’s mother said Tuesday that 5-year-old Usher Raymond V was released…

Indiana Fair faces new lawsuit over gear losses

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The company that insured equipment used by performers Sugarland and Sara Bareilles is suing the state and other parties to recover its losses from the Indiana State Fair’s deadly stage rigging two years ago. The…

Luke Bryan releases album amid high expectations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Luke Bryan has taken an unusual approach to the business side of his career since winning the Academy of Country Music’s entertainer of the year in April: He’s turning down almost everything. Rather than…

Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke to perform at MTV VMAs

NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke will perform their summer anthems at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month. MTV also announced a new award Tuesday called best song of the summer. Both Cyrus…

5 members of ‘Texas’ musical killed in auto wreck

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Alcohol is suspected as a factor in the deaths of five members of a popular summer musical production who were killed in an auto accident in the Texas Panhandle, an official said Tuesday. Texas…

5 members of ‘Texas’ musical killed in auto wreck

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say alcohol is suspected as a factor in the deaths of five members of a popular summer musical production who have been killed in a Texas Panhandle auto accident. Texas Department of Public…

Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 5, to Sunday, August 11, via Facebook, Tumblr,…

Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, August 5, to Sunday, August 11: UNITED STATES 1. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” (Star Trak LLC/Interscope) 2. Jay-Z, “Holy Grail” (Roc Nation) 3. Miley Cyrus, “We…

Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes dies at 44

LONDON (AP) — Jon Brookes, drummer with British indie rock band The Charlatans, has died. He was 44 and had been treated for brain cancer. The band said on its website that Brooks died in a hospital Tuesday.…

Wagnerian tenor Spas Wenkoff dies at age 84

VIENNA (AP) — The Vienna State Opera says Wagnerian tenor Spas Wenkoff has died at age 84. A statement from the opera says Wenkoff died Monday in his Upper Austrian home town of Bad Ischl. No cause of…

NM apartment seen in ‘Breaking Bad’ for rent

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque apartment used in scenes of “Breaking Bad” is for rent. The University of New Mexico-area apartment is available for new tenants and was used by the character of Jesse Pinkman, played by…

IUPUI students, faculty to show off high-tech game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A sprawling multiplayer “alternate reality” game featuring costumed performers, computer animation and a smartphone application will be a centerpiece of the annual Gen Con gaming convention that starts later this week in Indianapolis. The game…