Broadway Musical ‘Chicago’ Enters History Books

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The musical “Chicago” is about to swagger into the history books again.
Thursday night’s performance of the edgy musical was its 6,681, meaning it becomes the third longest-running show in Broadway history. It snatches that title from “Les Miserables.”
The only shows that have run longer are “Cats,” with almost 7,500 shows, and “The Phantom of the Opera,” which is still going after more than 10,300 performances.
It was only last year that “Chicago” took over third place on the list, beating out “A Chorus Line.”
Set in the 1920s, “Chicago” is a scathing satire of how show business and the media make celebrities out of criminals. It has skimpy outfits, a rotating cast of celebrities and killer songs such as “All That Jazz.”
http://www.chicagothemusical.com (AP)

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PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Reaches 1 Billion Views on YouTube

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Viral star PSY has reached a new milestone on YouTube.
The South Korean rapper’s video for “Gangnam Style” has reached 1 billion views, according to YouTube’s own counter. It’s the first time any clip has surpassed that mark on the streaming service owned by Google Inc.
It shows the enduring popularity of the self-deprecating video that features Park Jae-sang’s giddy up-style dance moves. The video has been available on YouTube since July 15, averaging more than 200 million views per month.
Justin Bieber’s video for “Baby” held the previous YouTube record at more than 800 million views.
PSY wasn’t just popular on YouTube, either. Earlier this month Google announced “Gangnam Style” was the second highest trending search of 2012 behind Whitney Houston, who passed away in February. (AP)

Billboard Names Adele ‘Top Artist’ for 2012

For the second year in a row, Adele has dominated the music charts.
Billboard has named her its top artist of 2012. What’s more, her album “21” is the year’s top album.
The album was released in February, 2011, and its continued popularity may not all be about Adele.
This year saw few artists drop albums that reached the popularity that Adele’s did last year; most of 2012’s biggest hits were singles that did little to boost album sales of the acts that released them.
Billboard says the year’s three top songs are Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and fun.’s “We Are Young.”
In other year-end categories, Billboard lists Adele as top female artist with Drake taking top male honors. One Direction is the top new artist and Maroon 5 is the year’s top group. (AP)

‘Lincoln,’ ‘Les Mis,’ ‘Playbook’ Lead SAG Awards

Steven Spielberg’s Civil War saga “Lincoln,” the Victor Hugo musical adaptation “Les Miserables” and the lost-soul romance “Silver Linings Playbook” lead the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations each.

All three films were nominated Wednesday for overall performance by their casts. Also nominated for best ensemble cast were the Iran hostage-crisis thriller “Argo” and the British retiree adventure “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

“Lincoln” also scored individual acting nominations for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. “Les Miserables” had individual nominations for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, plus a nomination for its stunt ensemble. “Silver Linings Playbook” also had nominations for Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series:
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series:
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Homeland”
“Mad Men”

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series
“30 Rock”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Glee”
“Modern Family”
“Nurse Jackie”
“The Office”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”
Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will air Sun., Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on TNT and TBS.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ on AFI’s Top List

“The Dark Knight Rises” is on the American Film Institute’s list of the top ten movies of the year. “Lincoln” also made the cut, along with “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Les Miserables” and “Life of Pi.” Rounding out the list are “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django Unchained,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Moonrise Kingdom.”

The AFI’s top-ten TV shows of the year are “American Horror Story,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game Change,” “Game of Thrones,” “Girls,” “Homeland,” “Louie,” “Mad Men,” “Modern Family” and “The Walking Dead.”

Creative ensembles for the films and the AFI’s top-10 TV picks will be honored at a luncheon in Los Angeles on Jan. 11.

Online: http://www.afi.com   (AP)

Rolling Stones Rock Brooklyn at Anniversary Gig

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The Rolling Stones — average age 68-plus, if you’re counting — were in rollicking form as they rocked the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for 2 1/2 hours Saturday night, their first U.S. show on a mini-tour marking a mind-boggling 50 years as a rock band.

And although every time the Stones tour, the inevitable questions arise, — whether it’s “The Last Time,” to quote one of their songs — there was no sign that anything is ending anytime soon.

“People say, why do you keep doing this?” mused 69-year-old Mick Jagger, the band’s impossibly energetic frontman, before launching into “Brown Sugar.” “Why do you keep touring, coming back? The answer is, you’re the reason we’re doing this. Thank you for buying our records and coming to our shows for the last 50 years.”

Jagger was in fine form, with strong vocals and his usual swagger — strutting, jogging, skipping and pumping his arms like a man half his age. And though he briefly donned a flamboyant feathered black cape for “Sympathy for the Devil” and later, some red-sequined tails, he was mostly content to prowl the stage in a tight black T-shirt and trousers.

The band’s guitarists, the brilliant Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, alternated searing solos and occasionally ventured onto a stage extension that brought them closer to the crowd. The now-gray Richards, wearing a red bandana, exuded the easy familiarity of a favorite uncle: “While we wait for Ronnie,” he said at one point, “I’ll wish you happy holidays.” Watts, the dapper drummer in a simple black T-shirt, smiled frequently at his band mates.

The grizzled quartet was joined on “Gimme Shelter” by Mary J. Blige, who traded vocals with Jagger and earned a huge cheer at the end. Also visiting: the Texas blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.

The sense of nostalgia was heightened by projections on a huge screen of footage of the early days, when the Stones looked like teenagers. At one point, Jagger reminisced about the first time the band played New York — in 1964.

A carton of milk cost only a quarter then, he said. And a ticket to the Rolling Stones? “I don’t want to go there,” he quipped. It was a reference to the sky-high prices at the current “50 and Counting” shows, where even the “cheap” seats cost a few hundred dollars and a prime seat cost in the $700 range or higher.

From the opening number, “Get Off Of My Cloud,” the band played a generous 23 songs, including two new ones — “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot” — but mostly old favorites.  The rousing encore included “Jumping Jack Flash,” of course, but the final song was “Satisfaction.” And though the song speaks of not getting any, the consensus of the packed 18,000-seat arena was that it was a satisfying evening indeed.

“If you like the Stones, this was as good a show as you could have had,” said one fan, Robert Nehring, 58, of Westfield, N.J., who’d paid $500 for his seat. “It was worth it,” he said simply.

The Brooklyn show was a coup for the new Barclays Center — there are no Manhattan shows. It followed two rapturously received Stones shows in London late last month. The band also will play two shows in Newark, N.J., on Dec. 13 and 15.

And just before that, the Stones will join a veritable who’s who of British rock royalty and U.S. superstars at the blockbuster 12-12-12 Superstorm Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. Also scheduled to perform: Paul McCartney, the Who, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Billy Joel, Roger Waters and Chris Martin.

In a flurry of anniversary activity, the band also released a hits compilation last month with two new songs, “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot,” and HBO premiered a new documentary on their formative years, “Crossfire Hurricane.”

The Stones formed in London in 1962 to play Chicago blues, led at the time by the late Brian Jones and pianist Ian Stewart, along with Jagger and Richards, who’d met on a train platform a year earlier. Bassist Bill Wyman and Watts were quick additions.

Wyman, who left the band in 1992, was a guest at the London shows last month, as was Mick Taylor, the celebrated former Stones guitarist who left in 1974 and replaced by Wood, the newest Stone and the youngster at 65.

The inevitable questions have been swirling about the next step for the Stones: another huge global tour, on the scale of their last one, “A Bigger Bang,” which earned more than $550 million between 2005 and 2007? Something a bit smaller? Or is this mini-tour, in the words of their new song, really “One Last Shot?”

The Stones won’t say. But in an interview last month, they made clear they felt the 50th anniversary was something to be marked.

“I thought it would be kind of churlish not to do something,” Jagger told The Associated Press. “Otherwise, the BBC would have done a rather dull film about the Rolling Stones.”

There certainly was nothing dull about the band’s performance on Saturday, a show that brought together many middle-aged fans, to be sure, but also some of their children, who seemed to be enjoying the classic Stones brand of blues-tinged rock as much as their parents.

Yes, a Stone’s average age might be a bit higher than that of the average Supreme Court justice.  (To be fair, the newest justices bring the average down). But to watch these musicians play with vitality and vigor a half-century on is to believe that maybe they were right when they sang, “Time Is On My Side.” At least for a few more years.  (AP)

55th Annual Grammy Nominations Announced

This year’s Grammy nominations reflect the state of the music industry this year — lots of big single hits — few big hit albums. Unlike last year, when Adele’s “21” was the big album of the year and she got a lot of nods, this year, the wealth was spread among 6 acts, who ended up with 6 nominations each.

The half-dozen artists with the half dozen nods are .fun, Frank Ocean, Dan Aurebach of The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, as well as rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z. Song of the year nominees were Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team,” Miguel’s “Adorn,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and fun.’s “We Are Young.” Miguel, The Black Keys and Chick Corea all have five nominations. Nas is among three artists with our nods. And 16 artists have three nods — among them Gotye, Drake, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson and Jack White.

Winners will be announced on February 10 at a live ceremony set for the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Following is a sampling of nominations in 81 categories from the GRAMMY Awards® ’30 Fields:

GENERAL FIELD

Album Of The Year:

El Camino — The Black Keys

Some Nights — FUN.

Babel — Mumford & Sons

Channel Orange — Frank Ocean

Blunderbuss — Jack White

Record Of The Year:

“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson

“We Are Young” — FUN. featuring Janelle Monáe

“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra

“Thinkin Bout You” — Frank Ocean

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — Taylor Swift

Best New Artist:

Alabama Shakes

FUN.

Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

Song Of The Year:

“The A Team” — Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)

“Adorn” — Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

“Call Me Maybe” — Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)

“We Are Young” — Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (FUN. featuring Janelle Monáe)

POP FIELD

Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Set Fire To The Rain (Live)” — Adele

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson

“Call Me Maybe” — Carly Rae Jepsen

“Wide Awake” — Katy Perry

“Where Have You Been” — Rihanna

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Shake It Out” — Florence & The Machine

“We Are Young” — FUN. featuring Janelle Monáe

“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra

“Sexy And I Know It” — LMFAO

“Payphone” — Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

DANCE FIELD

Best Dance/Electronica Album:

Wonderland — Steve Aoki

Don’t Think — The Chemical Brothers

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Fire & Ice — Kaskade

Bangarang — Skrillex

ROCK FIELD

Best Rock Performance:

“Hold On” — Alabama Shakes

“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys

“Charlie Brown” — Coldplay

“I Will Wait” — Mumford & Sons

“We Take Care Of Our Own” — Bruce Springsteen

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:

“I’m Alive” — Anthrax

“Love Bites (So Do I)” — Halestorm

“Blood Brothers” — Iron Maiden

“Ghost Walking” — Lamb Of God

“No Reflection” — Marilyn Manson

“Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)” — Megadeth

Best Rock Album:

El Camino — The Black Keys

Mylo Xyloto — Coldplay

The 2nd Law — Muse

Wrecking Ball — Bruce Springsteen

Blunderbuss — Jack White

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album:

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do — Fiona Apple

Biophilia — Björk

Making Mirrors — Gotye

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming — M83

Bad As Me — Tom Waits

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance:

“Thank You” — Estelle

“Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)” — Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi

“I Want You” — Luke James

“Adorn” — Miguel

“Climax” — Usher

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Fortune — Chris Brown

Kaleidoscope Dream — Miguel

Channel Orange — Frank Ocean

Best R&B Album:

Black Radio — Robert Glasper Experiment

Back To Love — Anthony Hamilton

Write Me Back — R. Kelly

Beautiful Surprise — Tamia

Open Invitation — Tyrese

RAP FIELD

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“Wild Ones” — Flo Rida Featuring Sia

“No Church In The Wild” — Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream

“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” — John Legend Featuring Ludacris

“Cherry Wine” — Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse

“Talk That Talk” — Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Best Rap Performance:

“HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)” — Drake Featuring Lil Wayne

“N****s In Paris” — Jay-Z & Kanye West

“Daughters” — Nas

“Mercy” — Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz

“I Do” — Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000

Best Rap Album:

Take Care — Drake

Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 — Lupe Fiasco

Life Is Good — Nas

Undun — The Roots

God Forgives, I Don’t — Rick Ross

Based On A T.R.U. Story — 2 Chainz

COUNTRY FIELD

Best Country Solo Performance:

“Home” — Dierks Bentley

“Springsteen” — Eric Church

“Cost Of Livin'” — Ronnie Dunn

“Wanted” — Hunter Hayes

“Over” — Blake Shelton

“Blown Away” — Carrie Underwood

Best Country Album:

Uncaged — Zac Brown Band

Hunter Hayes — Hunter Hayes

Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran — Jamey Johnson

Four The Record — Miranda Lambert

The Time Jumpers — The Time Jumpers

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD

Best Americana Album:

The Carpenter — The Avett Brothers

From The Ground Up — John Fullbright

The Lumineers — The Lumineers

Babel — Mumford & Sons

Slipstream — Bonnie Raitt

Best Blues Album:

33 1/3 — Shemekia Copeland

Locked Down — Dr. John

Let It Burn — Ruthie Foster

And Still I Rise — Heritage Blues Orchestra

Bring It On Home — Joan Osborne

SPOKEN WORD FIELD

Best Spoken Word Album:

American Grown (Michelle Obama) — Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers (Various Artists)

Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy — Bill Clinton

Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power — Rachel Maddow

Seriously…I’m Kidding — Ellen DeGeneres

Society’s Child: My Autobiography — Janis Ian

COMEDY FIELD

Best Comedy Album:

Blow Your Pants Off — Jimmy Fallon

Cho Dependent (Live In Concert) — Margaret Cho

In God We Rust — Lewis Black

Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class — Kathy Griffin

Mr. Universe — Jim Gaffigan

Rize Of The Fenix — Tenacious D

This year’s Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Dan Auerbach, Jeff Bhasker, Diplo, Markus Dravs and Salaam Remi.

This year’s GRAMMY Awards® process registered more than 17,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period, Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012. GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Wednesday, Jan. 16, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 55th GRAMMY broadcast.

THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer and Louis J. Horvitz is director.  (CBS, AP)