Aretha Franklin’s funeral scheduled for August 31 in Detroit

Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesThe funeral for The Queen of Soul will be held in her hometown of Detroit on August 31. Aretha Franklin‘s publicist announced Friday that the music legend’s homegoing service, which is limited to friends and family, will take place at the Greater Grace Temple in the Motor City. However, there will be public viewings on August 28 and …

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Watch now: Sting and Shaggy release animated video for “Just One Lifetime”

ABC/Paula LoboAn album, a tour, a gig in the Hamptons, and now…a cartoon. That’s the ever-unfolding story of collaborators Sting and Shaggy, who turned their musical bromance into the joint album 44/876, released in April. The animated video is for “Just One Lifetime,” a groovy reggae tune. The clip features cartoon versions of Sting and Shaggy dancing on a beach, …

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Lay Down Santa: Eric Clapton to release Christmas album in October

Gus Stewart/RedfernsJust call him Slowhand Santa: Eric Clapton is set to release Christmas album. Billboard reports Happy Xmas will arrive October 12, and will feature classic holiday songs as reworked by the legendary guitarist. Happy Xmas will also contain an original Clapton Christmas tune called “For Love On Christmas Day.” Clapton tells Billboard, “I had in my head that these …

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Chain of sales: Aretha Franklin music downloads soar following her death

Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesSales of Aretha Franklin‘s back catalog have spiked nearly 1600% following her death Thursday at age 76, Billboard reports. On Thursday alone, sales of Franklin’s albums and digital song downloads rose from 8,000 the previous day to a whopping 134,000. Digital song downloads accounted for 89% of sales, with 115,000 songs. Physical album sales totaled 19,000 units. Here …

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Farm Aid 2018 to be broadcast live on AXS-TV, with “Saturday Stack” extras

Scott StrebleCan’t make it to Connecticut for Farm Aid 2018? No problem. AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the “music with a mission” event, by broadcasting this year’s show live from Hartford on Saturday, September 22. In Farm Aid tradition, this year’s show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm …

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Star Pet Of The Week – August 17, 2018

Here’s this week’s Star Pet Of The Week! This is Biscuit the Pom (https://www.facebook.com/biscuitthepom). Such a clever pup! For your pet’s chance to be selected as Star Pet Of The Week submit your clips at: http://teshvideos.com …read more

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Mysterious smell plaguing California residents and sparking finger-pointing

iStock/Thinkstock(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) — Residents of several Orange County, California cities are complaining about a strange, mysterious odor in the air — and local municipal agencies seem to be pointing fingers at each other as to the cause of the bad smell. The odor is affecting cities like Orange, Anaheim Hills, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, according to …

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Roger Daltrey says honesty, not wanting to become an “a**hole” kept his life together

ABC/Richard CartwrightRoger Daltrey is a rare rock star: He’s been married for almost fifty years and has never had a drug problem. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Who frontman says a couple of simple rules have kept him on the straight-and-narrow. The singer married his wife, Heather Taylor, in 1971. Though he admits “[it’s] not easy,” he thinks …

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“A great person, great cook, great woman:” Aretha Franklin’s childhood friend Smokey Robinson remembers the Queen of Soul

ABC NewsIn his first interview since the death of his childhood friend, Aretha Franklin, Motown legend Smokey Robinson recalled on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday the first time they met in Detroit. “I hear a piano being played and I hear this little voice singing,” Robinson, 78, said. “And I look in, and there’s Aretha sitting there at the piano, …

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Aerosmith to perform on MTV VMAs, says Jimmy Fallon

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCJimmy Fallon may have let “Sweet Emotion” take over last night when Aerosmith rocked The Tonight Show. At the end of their high-energy performance of “Mama Kin,” Fallon outro’ed the band, plugged their upcoming Las Vegas residency, and then blurted, “Catch them performing Monday on the VMAs!” That information hasn’t been reported anywhere else. If that turns out to …

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