While you were working ...
March 18th, 2013
06:45 PM ET

While you were working ...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • The press who went along on Rihanna's "777" tour last year might want to avoid watching Fox on the night of May 6, lest they experience flashbacks. The network's landed exclusive rights to the singer's "behind-the-scenes" documentary of her infamous seven-day, seven-country tour to promote her seventh album, "Unapologetic." [THR]
  • Have plans for the weekend of March 22? Clear them. MTV's planning a weekend-long marathon of vintage "The Real World" episodes in anticipation of "Real World: Portland" airing on March 27. [MTV]
  • "The Office" may be nearing its end, but Rainn Wilson already has a new job. The actor's been cast as an "irascible cop" in a new CBS pilot. [EW]
  • Further proof Beyoncé is not of this Earth: The pop star/actress says she gained 57 pounds while pregnant with Blue Ivy, and then proceeded to lose the baby weight in three months. [Shape magazine]
  • Justin Timberlake isn't going to quit until we start seeing him in our dreams, apparently. And now, for his 4,567th promotional moment, here he is on "Late Night" doing "History of Rap 4" with Jimmy Fallon (no hate, because we secretly love this):

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Musician Jason Molina dies at 39
March 18th, 2013
06:30 PM ET

Musician Jason Molina dies at 39

Singer/songwriter Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. has died, CNN's confirmed. He was 39.

A statement posted by his record label, Secretly Canadian, on Magnolia Electric's website says that Molina passed away of natural causes on Saturday at his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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'Boy Scout' Madonna gives Anderson Cooper GLAAD award
March 18th, 2013
06:27 PM ET

'Boy Scout' Madonna gives Anderson Cooper GLAAD award

CNN's Anderson Cooper was presented with the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on Saturday by a very special "Boy Scout": Madonna.

The singer dressed up in uniform to deliver Anderson's statue, which is given to an LGBT media professional who's made a difference in promoting equality.

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Questlove hints that JT's next album is arriving sooner than you think
March 18th, 2013
04:30 PM ET

Questlove hints that JT's next album is arriving sooner than you think

It’s been close to seven years since Justin Timberlake brought sexy back, but it looks like the singer has no intentions of waiting that long to give fans a follow-up to his latest album.

The Roots’ Questlove, who spent quality time with JT during “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s” recent “Timberweek,” said via Okayplayer to expect the second volume of “The 20/20 Experience” later this year:

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Morrissey cancels remainder of tour
March 18th, 2013
03:21 PM ET

Morrissey cancels remainder of tour

After a series of reshuffled dates, Morrissey has canceled the remainder of his North American tour for health reasons.

In recent weeks, Morrissey has been plagued with a bleeding ulcer, Barrett's esophagus and double pneumonia, a statement from the musician's rep said.

As a result, those anticipating to see the artist perform his upcoming March shows in Lawrence, Kansas; Lincoln, Nebraska; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Chicago, Illinois; Clear Lake, Iowa; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia will have to wait until his next tour.

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Simon Cowell launches YouTube audition channel
March 18th, 2013
03:11 PM ET

Simon Cowell launches YouTube audition channel

Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen were launched into stardom after getting discovered on YouTube, and now “The X Factor” creator Simon Cowell is setting out to find the world’s next big YouTube stars.

Cowell’s company Syco Entertainment just partnered with YouTube to create the world’s first global audition channel, The You Generation. Aspiring stars can upload audition videos for various categories, ranging from vocals to makeup.

Syco will determine winners every two weeks, and those selected will then become finalists in a global competition for a grand prize.

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