LOS ANGELES (AP) - Under Simon Cowell's "American Idol," not knowing the words meant automatic elimination. With the current judges, an entire group can botch the lyrics and make it through. That's what happened on last night's show, as the guys competed in Hollywood Week. Meanwhile, one contestant suggested his group sing a cappella, a move Keith Urban questioned, and that contestant was the only one eliminated. A Cuban-born singer who stutters, doesn't know American music and flubbed through "Wouldn't It Be Nice" made it through. Tonight, the 43 remaining male contestants will be cut to 20.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Generally, you don't see a man convicted of assaulting his girlfriend going to court with that girlfriend, but that shows you how complicated the relationship is between Chris Brown and Rihanna. She accompanied Brown to his hearing yesterday as he faced allegations he failed to complete his community service sentence for beating up Rihanna in 2009. The judge asked for more information and scheduled another hearing in two months. Prosecutors say Brown should have to redo his service hours because of inconsistencies in the records. They also say Brown has anger management issues. Brown's attorney says Brown did all the hours he said he did.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Wanted is trying to keep it real: The boy band has signed on to do a reality series on E!
The British fivesome announced Wednesday that their show will debut in June. A press release said the behind-the-scene series will be "unvarnished" and "nonglossy."
The Wanted broke onto the U.S. music scene with the Top 5 hit "Glad You Came." They dropped their self-titled U.S. debut EP last year, and have released two successful albums and multiple singles in the United Kingdom.
The group is planning a full-length album and international tour for the fall.
Their U.S. manager is Scooter Braun, who also manages Justin Bieber. The band members include Max George, Nathan Sykes, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Siva Kaneswaran.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The answer to the trivia question will be: "Monkey Drums (Goskel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch." That's the 25-billionth song purchased on iTunes.
Apple announced the sales milestone in a news release Wednesday. The company says Phillip Lupke of Germany purchased and downloaded Buch's song and will receive an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 euros, or about $13, 500.
It took the Cupertino, Calif., company almost 10 years to reach the milestone. Customers download an average of 15,000 songs a minute from the iTunes music store, which was launched in April 2003. The digital retailer's catalog is 26 million songs deep.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown has returned to a Los Angeles court to face a prosecutor who is asking a judge to revoke the singer's probation.
Brown was accompanied Wednesday afternoon by Rihanna, who blew him a kiss as he went into the courtroom.
Prosecutors are seeking the probation revocation because they say they could not find credible evidence he completed his community labor sentence for the 2009 beating of Rihanna.
A motion filed Tuesday raises for the first time in Brown's felony assault case several incidents that prosecutors say demonstrate Brown has ongoing anger management issues.
More Headlines From 41NBC.com:
- Fervent Fans Mark Marley's Birthday In Jamaica
- Freeborn, Makeup Artist Behind Yoda, Dies At 98
- Fox Cuts Ties to Commentator Dick Morris
- Disney Working On Standalone 'Star Wars' Films
- The Top iPhone And iPad Apps On App Store
- Broadway Stars To Help The Performing Arts Project
- Actress Judy Greer Planning 2014 Essay Collection
- Newtown Kids To Be Featured On Grammy Preshow
- Brown's Attorney Calls DA's Report Scurrilous
- Fall Out Boy Plan Album And Tour