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Renee Zellweger to play Judy Garland in new movie

Actress Renee Zellweger will play the lead role in a movie about the final year of Judy Garland’s life that will begin production in February 2018, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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“Judy” will chronicle the true story of Garland as she arrives in swinging London in 1968 to perform in a series of sellout shows, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It has been nearly 30 years since Garland shot to fame as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” and as she prepares to perform, she battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and fans, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Garland died on June 22, 1969, in London at the age of 47 from an overdose of barbiturates.

Zellweger, who was born two months before Garland’s death, won an Academy Award in 2003 for Best Supporting Actress in the war drama film, “Cold Mountain.”

Easybeats songwriter, AC/DC producer George Young dead at 70

George Young, an Australian songwriter who co-wrote the 1965 hit “Friday on My Mind” for the Easybeats and later was a producer for AC/DC, has died, The Guardian reported. He was 70.

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Young’s death was reported on Facebook by the music publishing company Alberts, which has both the Easybeats and AC/DC in its musical catalog.

Young was the brother of AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm Young. 

With the Easybeats, he and fellow band member Harry Vanda produced songs like “Yesterday’s Hero” and “Love Is in the Air” for John Paul Young and “Evie” for Stevie Wright.

George Young played bass with his younger brothers during the early years of AC/DC, and then produced several of the band’s more successful releases, including “High Voltage,” “T.N.T.,” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” “Let There Be Rock,” and “Powerage,” The Guardian reported.

“Without his help and guidance, there would not have been an AC/DC,” the band wrote on its website. “As a musician, songwriter, producer, adviser and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man.”

Young was born in Scotland in 1946 and migrated to Australia with his family as a teenager, The Guardian reported. The Easybeats formed after Young met Vanda in Sydney.

The Easybeats broke up in 1969. Young and Vanda were inducted into the inaugural Aria hall of fame in 1988; the Easybeats were inducted in 2005.

Justin Timberlake will headline Super Bowl LII halftime show

Singer Justin Timberlake will be returning to the Super Bowl stage for the first time since he was part of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004, the NFL confirmed Sunday.

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Timberlake, who will be performing in his third Super Bowl halftime show, will be the featured artist during the intermission of the NFL’s showcase game on Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. He previously appeared at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa in 2001, but it was his appearance with Jackson at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in 2004 that caused controversy.

Related: Justin Timberlake in talks to do 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, report says

An estimated 140 million people were watching the show when at the end, Timberlake popped off part of Jackson’s corset, exposing her breast. The incident, later described as a “wardrobe malfunction,” led to numerous complaints and a large fine by the Federal Communications Commission, The New York Times reported. The fine was eventually vacated by an appeals court, the Times reported. For Jackson, there was more fallout. Rolling Stone reported she was essentially blacklisted, which affected her music career.

During an interview televised during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast, Mike Tirico asked Timberlake if the NFL had addressed the incident with him.

The singer smiled and said, “That won’t happen again.”

Timberlake, the 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, rose to fame with the boy band ’N Sync. He has since had solo hits such as “Sexy Back,” “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body.”

Timberlake also had a hit with “Can’t Stop the Feeling” on the soundtrack for the animated movie, “Trolls.”

While Jackson remains banned from singing at the Super Bowl. Several people on Twitter were angered by the choice of Timberlake. 

“It had better damn well be a 15 minute apology to Janet Jackson for hanging her out to dry in 2004,” one person tweeted. 

Another tweeted that Timberlake was “still ensuring white privilege remains in style in 2017. Meanwhile, Janet Jackson is still left in the cold.”

“ My only request is that you don't perform any of the music inspired by her brother or any Black artist. You love our culture, but disrespect our people.”

A-ha's stripped down version of ‘Take On Me’ is hauntingly beautiful

“Take On Me” by A-ha is one of the 1980s’ most remembered songs, not only for its fast-paced beat but also because of that iconic video, which featured a pencil-sketch animation theme (called rotoscoping) and live action featuring lead singer Morten Harket and his then-girlfriend, actress Bunty Bailey.

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It reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in October 1985 and won six awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.

But take away the fast tempo and the synthesizers and that catchy riff and what do you get? A stripped-down, acoustic version of the hit that the Norwegian-based group played earlier this month on an “MTV Unplugged” show at Giske Harbour Hall in Norway.

On “MTV Unplugged,” the song is slow and performed in a style vaguely reminiscent of the 1960s rock ’n’ roll band Vanilla Fudge, which took fast-paced songs and sang them at an excruciatingly slow tempo. The Ah-ha acoustic version is less psychedelic and is sung quietly -- almost reverently.

Many purists will prefer the version that bubbled through the radio and television during the 1980s, but the new arrangement is certainly haunting.

Selena to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Nov. 3

On the heels of a popular Google Doodle this week honoring Selena Quintanilla Pérez, the pop culture icon will now posthumously receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 3.

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“Before there was JLo, Shakira or Beyoncé, there was a transformative female artist called Selena,” said Otto Padron, president of Meruelo Media and sponsor of the tribute, in a statement. “Selena is one of the most influential music icons of the 20th century. Her music, style and smile are timeless, and now her star will grace (Hollywood, California) forever.”

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce last summer selected to honor Selena in its recording category, along with other performers including John Legend, Clarence Avant, Ice Cube, a posthumous honor for Jerry Goldsmith, Hall & Oates, *NSYNC and New Edition.

On Selena’s Facebook fan page, music lovers expressed a similar sentiment that the honor was long overdue.

“A dream come true,” wrote fan Hadeer Sinawe. “She deserved this even before her death.”

Texas native Eva Longoria will join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to proclaim Nov. 3 as official “Selena” Day in Los Angeles.

On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot Selena at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. But for many fans of the Tejano superstar, who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market, Selena’s legacy lives on.

In honor of her Walk of Fame addition, check out our playlist of Selena songs:

Taylor Swift is ‘Gorgeous’ as new song is released online

Taylor Swift is lighting up the web again with the third song from her upcoming “Reputation” album.

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Swift dropped the song “Gorgeous” Friday morning, Billboard reported.

She teased the release Thursday on Instagram.

A lyric video was released at midnight on YouTube of “Gorgeous” and it quickly shot up to number one on iTunes.

Fans took to social media shortly after the song’s release.

“Gorgeous” comes after “...Ready For It” and “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Her album, “Reputation” is scheduled to be released on Nov. 10.

Who was Selena Quintanilla? Google honors famed singer, ‘Queen of Tejano’

If you’ve visited Google’s homepage this morning, you’ve probably noticed the charming, glamorous tribute to late Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla.

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Here’s what you should know about Selena and Tuesday’s Google doodle:

What is the significance of Oct. 17?

Twenty-eight years ago on Oct. 17, 1989, the late Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla debuted her first studio album, “Selena.”

» RELATED: Top 10 celebrities of Mexican heritage

What does the Google doodle include?

On the Google homepage, you’ll see an artistic rendition of one of Selena’s most iconic looks — art from her 1994 album, “Amor Prohibido.”

From there, you can hit the button for a fun, upbeat cartoon video of Selena from childhood to adulthood singing and dancing to one of her biggest hits, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” with the family band.

Google also debuted a beautiful digital exhibit with help from the Quintanilla family, showcasing the life and legacy of the late artist.

Where was Selena Quintanilla from?

The famed Mexican-American singer was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, on April 16, 1971.

» RELATED: What is Hispanic Heritage Month? 5 things to know

How did she rise to fame?

It was Selena’s father who encouraged 9-year-old Selena and her siblings to pick up the guitar, drums and mic. During the 1980s, the family band, “Selena y Los Dinos,” gained popularity across the Texas/Mexico border and eventually across the globe.

Though “Selena y Los Dinos” struggled at first, with Selena often facing gender discrimination in a male-dominated genre, they played at several restaurants, quinceañeras and festivals they could book.

In 1986, Selena won the prestigious Tejano Music Award for “Female Vocalist of the Year” and earned her first mega milestone.

Her first album, “Selena,” remained at the top of the Billboard charts and in 1993, the “Queen of Tejano” won a Grammy for the best Mexican/American album of the year. According to Google, she was the first female and youngest Tejano artist to win.

What is Tejano music?

Selena is often considered the “Queen of Tejano.” Tejano music (or “Tex-Mex”) blends Mexican and American music genres. According to the Google doodle, that combines genres like pop, polka, ranchera and cumbia.

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Selena Quintanilla’s top five biggest hits

  1. “Como La Flor” from “Entre a Mi Mundo” (1992)
  2. “Amor Prohibido” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994
  3. “I Could Fall in Love” from “Dreaming of You” (1995)
  4. “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994)
  5. “No Me Queda Mas” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994)

More hits at Latina.com.

Selena was more than just a celebrity to many, especially to the Latinx community.

Selena’s legacy is due to more than her powerful vocals, iconic dance moves and hypnotic stage energy.

She was a notable fashion icon of the time and played a big part in designing and creating her own performance wardrobe.

But in her free time, Selena was also a major advocate for education and often participated in community service.

“Most importantly,” Google Doodles Global Marketing Lead Perla Camps wrote, “Selena became a beacon of inspiration and hope for the Latinx, immigrant, and bicultural communities around the globe. Her story of embracing and celebrating all parts of her cultural heritage and persevering in the face of adversity forged an emotional connection with millions.”

» RELATED: Photos: Celebrities with Hispanic heritage

Camps, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant single mom living in a small and primarily white town in rural Texas, wrote she was “profoundly influenced” by Selena and her music.

“One of my dearest childhood memories is of my mom and I belting “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Techno Cumbia” in the family van during our annual road trips to Mexico. I even sang Selena classics in talent shows across northeast Texas,” Camps wrote. “Watching her showed me that this hybrid cultural identity of mine was a valuable gift I should embrace. Watching her made me proud of being Mexicana.”

» RELATED: 'Queen of Tejano' Selena to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

How did Selena die?

Selena Quintanilla’s life came to a tragic end when Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of the Selena fan club, shot her on March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Selena was 23.

Saldivar, who had been managing the singer’s San Antonio, Texas boutique, was caught embezzling money and was about to be fired.

Selena’s murder shocked the Latinx community, but her legacy would live on for decades.

10 interesting facts about Selena

1. In the beginning of their family band career, her father, Abraham, made stage lights out of empty peach cans.

2. She dropped out of school to get her GED so that she could perform full time and support her family.

3. She had five dogs and a python.

4. Her siblings A.B. and Suzette weren’t huge fans of performing.

5. Two weeks after her unexpected death, George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, declared April 16 “Selena Day” in Texas. April 16 was her birthday

6. Her last words were “Yolanda Saldivar, in room 158.”

7. An estimated 100,000 people showed up to Selena’s public viewing, which was held at the convention center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

8. She married the band’s lead guitarist, Chris Perez, in 1992.

9. Her life story is the subject of the 1997 film, “Selena” starring Jennifer Lopez as the “Queen of Tejano.”

10. She called her tour bus “Big Bertha.”

 

Sources: Latin TimesSelena Quintanilla Perez (Weebly) and Biography.com.

Explore more about Selena Quintanilla on Google’s Arts & Culture hub.

Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei turns on-stage fall into effortless split

Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei took a tumble during the group’s recent Brazil concert, but she handled it like a professional.

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In video from the concert, the singer belts out the lyrics to “Make You Mad” along with the rest of the band when she takes the spill. Trying to turn to walk to the front of the stage, Kordei lost her footing and did a half-split in high heels.

Without missing a beat, the performer fiercely flips her hair up and strikes a pose as if her fall was part of the plan all along. Noticing her mistake but loving her recovery, the audience went wild.

The nearly mortifying moment wasn’t the only time the singer has improvised when a routine took a turn for the worse. Back in August, when her In-Ear pack ripped off, Kordei performed another unplanned split.

“I couldn’t hear anything the whole entire performance, which is crazy,” she said afterward. “I was freaking out so I was like, ‘You know what? The least that I could was slay and do a split, girl!’”

Pussycat Dolls founder responds to former member's 'prostitution ring' allegations

Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin is denying allegations that the girl band was part of a “prostitution ring” and that members slept with older men to be in the group.

>> Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges

Antin opened up to The Blast and said the allegations were “disgusting, ridiculous lies” that one-time member Kaya Jones reported on Twitter. Antin also said Jones was “clearly looking for her 15 minutes” and was never an official member of the group. She was simply there on a trial basis, according to Antin.

On Friday, Jones tweeted that she actually left the group because it was a “prostitution ring.”

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“My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring. Oh & we happened to sing & be famous. While everyone who owned us made the $,” Jones wrote to fans on Twitter. “How bad was it? People ask — bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, my bandmates & a 13 million dollar record deal. We knew we were going to be #1.”

Jones also called out the group’s “den mother” but did not name names. Antin founded the group, which started as a burlesque troupe in 1995, according to E! News.

A representative for the Pussycat Dolls has not yet responded to the allegations.

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Ed Sheeran hit by car while riding bike, breaks arm

Singer Ed Sheeran broke his arm when he was hit by a car while riding his bike through London, The Mirror reported

The injury could put a halt to his tour.

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The musician confirmed his medical treatment via Instagram saying, I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows. Please stay tuned for further News. Ed x.”

He was scheduled to start his latest tour in Asia on Oct. 22, The Sun reported

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