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Michael Stipe attends the "Young Ones" premiere at the Landmark Sunshine on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in New York.

Michael Stipe offered up as garage sale bargain

Watch Former R.E.M. star Michael Stipe star in a skit to mark the end of TV host Stephen Colbert's late-night show.

Superstar singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor Usher Raymond performs in concert on The UR Experience Tour at Philips Arena on December 9, 2014, in Atlanta.

Usher will skip cash giveaway during U.K. shows

Usher will abandon his onstage trick of handing out cash to audience members when he takes his latest tour to the U.K. because of safety concerns.

Noel Gallagher and Anais Gallagher at Arthur - UK film premiere held at the O2 Arena - Arrivals.
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Noel Gallagher embarrassed daughter in front of Harry Styles

Noel Gallagher left his teenage daughter mortified by embarrassing her in front of One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles.

Singer Donny Osmond performs in Bryant Park on ABC's "Good Morning America" show on Friday, August 15, 2008, in New York.

Donny Osmond predicts end is near for One Direction

Donny Osmond predicts One Direction will split up in 2016 and Harry Styles will launch a successful solo career.

"Woman of the Year" honoree Taylor Swift attends the 2014 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York.

Taylor Swift and J. Cole rule Billboard charts

Taylor Swift is celebrating her longest reign at the top of the U.S. pop chart after Blank Space racked up a fifth week at number one.

Calvin Harris receives the 'songwriter of the year' Ivor Novello Award at the 58th Ivor Novello awards at the Grosvenor House in London on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Calvin Harris is new Emporio Armani spokesmodel

Calvin Harris has followed in the footsteps of Rihanna as the new face of Emporio Armani.

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Iggy Azalea is the year’s ‘most searched’ musician

The "Fancy" hitmaker topped Sam Smith and Lorde to be the year's most Googled musician.

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Chris Brown’s bodyguard gets probation for punching fan

The R&B singer's bodyguard was sentenced to one year of probation.

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It’s official: Rihanna is a fashion designer

Puma named the pop star its women's creative director.

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BeyoncĂ© sued over ‘Drunk in Love’

A Hungarian folk singer says her vocals were illegally sampled on the Grammy-nominated hit.

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WATCH: Aretha Franklin sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Taylor Swift

The Queen of Soul serenades the "Shake It Off" singer for a birthday she'll never forget.

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Miley Cyrus has surgery, posts gross pics to Instagram

The "Wrecking Ball" hitmaker apparently underwent wrist surgery on Friday.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 15 times Taylor Swift killed it in 2014

Today is the "Shake It Off" hitmaker's 25th birthday.

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Brad Pitt ‘roasts’ Rihanna at her first charity ball

Rihanna's inaugural Diamond Ball fundraising gala included a hilarious "roast" of the pop princess.

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Taylor Swift, Sia top Billboard year-end polls

Swift's "1989" has beaten other competitors to top a list of the best albums of 2014.

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Shakira’s son is learning 7 languages

The "Hips Don't Lie" hitmaker says she goes to great lengths to expose her 22-month-old son to different languages.

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Bieber, Katy Perry top Twitter’s year-end list

Twitter users like to talk about Justin Bieber but read what Katy Perry is saying.

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Taylor Swift is still ‘happily single’

The "Shake It Off" singer insists she isn't dating The 1975 rocker Matt Healy.

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Dr. Dre made bank in 2014

The rapper-turned-mogul is the highest-paid musician of the year, earning a whopping $620 million.

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Taylor Swift retains top spot on Billboard chart

The singer continued her reign at the top, with AC/DC and Mary J. Blige among the top 10 records this week.

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Jobless claims signal firmer labor market

Job seekers adjust their paperwork as they wait in line to attend a job fair in New York February 28, 2013.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.

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Accused Boston bomber appears in court

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect told a judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack.

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Thursday’s Sports Minute

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Here's a look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Thursday, Dec. 18.

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Ray Rice investigation heating up

Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay arrive for a hearing at a New York City office building November 5, 2014.

Hundreds of NFL employees gave records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell handled evidence in the Ray Rice case.

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We’re living 6 years longer

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Fewer people are dying from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and there's a better survival rate in poor countries from tuberculosis and malaria.