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Country singer Daryle Singletary dies at 46

Country musician Daryle Singletary, best known for hits like "I Let Her Lie" and "Amen Kind of Love," died Monday morning, according to multiple reports. He was 46.

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WKRN reported Singletary’s death was sudden and unexpected.

McAlpin Entertainment employees broke the news on the company’s Facebook page Monday morning.

“Completely heartbroken to learn of the passing of our friend Daryle Singletary this morning,” the post said. “He was one of the best men we’ve had the privilege to meet and work with in this business, both professionally and personally. Please keep Daryle’s wife, Holly, and their four young children in your prayers.”

Singer Vic Damone dies at 89

Legendary pop and big band singer Vic Damone, who Frank Sinatra once said had “the best pipes in the business,” died Sunday, family members confirmed Monday to Fox News. He was 89.

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Family members told Fox News that Damone died surrounded by family at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.

French skater takes Beyoncé to the ice at Olympics

Call it Beyoncé On Ice.

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A French figure skater took advantage of a new rule allowing competitors to perform to music with lyrics during the Winter Olympics, as Maé-Bérénice Méité skated to a medley of hits by Beyoncé.

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Méité, decked out in a black-and-gold sequined jumpsuit, skated to a medley of Beyoncé’s hits, including “Run the World (Girls)” and “Halo,” Cosmopolitan reported.

The International Skating Union adopted rules allowing music with lyrics after the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, The New York Times reported. Traditionally, skaters could only perform to instrumental versions of songs, Billboard reported.

Méité, 23, said she picked Beyoncé for her routine because “(Her music) is crazy, wild, and fun," she told the magazine. “You can just dance to it, and that's how I am.”

Méité,  a four-time national champ, had a few rough spots during her performance Sunday, including a tumble during the middle of the program, but her choice of music certainly stood out.

She also performed her Beyoncé ice skating short program in January at the European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow.

Pink slams critic of Super Bowl national anthem performance

Pink is seriously not here for the haters.

The pop singer came down with the flu over the weekend, but despite the setback, she nailed her performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl LII.

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Pink mustered up the same energy later Sunday after someone on Twitter wrote that the singer “sucks” and called her fans “dumb” in a since-deleted tweet.

“Yeah but at least I suck while singing our countries national anthem, and you just suck by yourself on a dirty couch,” she wrote.

“Poor dude couldn’t handle the heat she brought,” said one fan, who noticed that the person who posted the insulting tweet has since switched his or her Twitter account from public to private after sending the message. The account was later made public again.

>> Related: Pink nails national anthem at Super Bowl LII, spits out throat lozenge beforehand

“You were amazing! Coming from NYC when someone sings it with such feeling it takes me back to 9/11. Thank you for such. Beautiful tribute. I felt it in my heart,” said another fan.

Paul Simon announces farewell tour

Legendary musician Paul Simon announced Monday that he plans to retire from touring over the summer.

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Simon, 76, said he will kick off his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” on May 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The tour will wind through the U.S. and Europe before coming to an end July 15 in London. 

“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end,” Simon wrote in a statement posted Monday on Twitter. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.”

He said the decision came after the death of his friend and lead guitarist Vincent N’guini, who died in December.

“His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor,” Simon said. “Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.”

Simon said that despite his retirement from touring, he’ll likely continue to perform occasionally “in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall … to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”

The following tour dates were announced Monday:

DateCityVenueMay 16Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaRogers ArenaMay 18SeattleKey ArenaMay 19Portland, OregonMODA CenterMay 22Los AngelesHollywood BowlMay 23Los AngelesHollywood BowlMay 25Oakland, CaliforniaOracle ArenaMay 27Las VegasMGM Grand Garden ArenaMay 30DenverFiddler’s GreenJune 1DallasAmerican Airlines ArenaJune 2HoustonToyota CenterJune 4Austin, TexasFrank Erwin CenterJune 6ChicagoUnited CenterJune 8St. Paul, MinnesotaXcel Energy CenterJune 10DetroitDTE Energy CenterJune 12Toronto, Ontario, CanadaAir Canada CentreJune 13Montreal, Quebec, CaadaBell CentreJune 15BostonTD GardenJune 16PhiladelphiaWells Fargo CenterJune 19Greensboro, North CarolinaGreensboro ColiseumJune 20Nashville, TennesseeBridgestone ArenaJune 30StockholmEricsson GlobeJuly 1Oslo, NorwaySpektrumJuly 3Copenhagen, DenmarkRoyal ArenaJuly 5Antwerp, BelgiumSportpaleisJuly 7Amsterdam, HollandZiggo DomeJuly 10Manchester, United KingdomManchester ArenaJuly 11Glasgow, United KingdomSSE HydroJuly 13DublinRDS ArenaJuly 15LondonHyde Park, BST Festival

Simon has earned 16 Grammy Awards over a career that has spanned more than six decades. In 2003, he and Art Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for their work as the folk rock duo “Simon & Garfunkel.”

Simon has sold more than 100 million records across the globe. He is a member of the Songwriters and the Rock ‘n’ Roll halls of fame.

Tickets for Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” will go on sale in the U.S. at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9.

Pink battles flu as she prepares to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

Pop singer Pink is battling the flu, and she said it will make her blue if she is unable to sing the national anthem Sunday at Super Bowl LII.

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But for now, she has every intention of stepping to the microphone before the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles play in Minneapolis.

The singer, an Eagles fan from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, said Friday on her Instagram account that she is “trying to practice the flu away.”

“I’ve been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song,” Pink wrote.

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She said the flu is changing what was one of her dreams into “a sort of nightmare,” adding that singing the national anthem is one of “the biggest honors of my life.”

Pink ended her post with the hashtags #pleasegivememyvoiceback and #ificansingimgonnakillit.

Super Bowl halftime show had humble beginnings

The Super Bowl halftime show has become an event in itself, with big-name acts commanding center stage before packed stadiums and millions of television viewers.

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It has come a long way from trumpeter Al Hirt, who played in the first Super Bowl halftime show before a stadium that was only filled to two-thirds of its capacity.

The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyonce and Katy Perry have given memorable performances, but here are some halftime shows you may have forgotten about. 

The first Super Bowl, on Jan. 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, featured Hirt, the University of Arizona Symphonic Marching Band, the Grambling State Marching Band and the Anaheim High School Drill Team and Flag Girls.

Up With People performed in Super Bowl V, and Hirt returned for Super Bowl VI in 1972 to share the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale and the U.S. Marine Corps Drill team.

Ever seen a beauty queen perform at halftime? Judy Mallett, who was Miss Texas in 1973, played the fiddle with the University of Texas Longhorn Band when Super Bowl VIII came to Houston’s Rice Stadium in 1974.

Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, Florida, is remembered for Whitney Houston’s rousing rendition of the national anthem, but New Kids on the Block was part of the halftime show.

The Super Bowl in 1992 could be called the last of the modest halftime shows, with Gloria Estefan and members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team the highlights. But when Fox siphoned off halftime viewers with a live episode of “In Living Color,” the NFL switched to big-name concerts, starting with Michael Jackson in 1993 for Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl.

Other big names that followed included Diana Ross (1996), Aerosmith (2001), U2 (2002), Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake in a sequence that became known as for its “wardrobe malfunction” (2004), McCartney (2005), the Rolling Stones (2006), Prince (2007), Springsteen (2009), The Who (2011), Perry (2015) and Beyonce (2017).

Spice Girls confirm reunion is in the works

The Spice Girls have teased a reunion before, but this week band members confirmed they are once again working together, Variety reported.

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In a statement, the band said that “The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together.”

Band members Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), Geri Halliwell Horner (Ginger Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) and Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) posted messages and photographs on social media to hint they were working together.

“Lovely seeing the girls #girlpower is alive and well,” Horner tweeted.

The group met at Horner’s house in England with former manager Simon Fuller, the BBC reported. They have reunited before, for a greatest hits tour and a performance at the 2012 London Olympics.

Chisholm told BBC radio Saturday that nothing is “set in stone,” but was encouraged by the positive reactions on social media, Variety reported.

The group has reunited before, conducting a greatest hits tour and performing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Variety reported.

'Severe pain' prompts Lady Gaga to cancel final four tour dates

Citing “severe pain,” Lady Gaga canceled the remaining dates of her Joanne World Tour, Live Nation announced Saturday.

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Gaga went on Twitter to apologize to her fans, issuing a statement that she was so devastated, she “didn’t know how to describe it.”

“All I know is that if I don't do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music,” she said.

Live Nation noted on its website that the final 10 dates of her tour were canceled because of the pain she was experiencing. She was “suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live,” the statement read.

Gaga has spoken about her problems with fibromyalgia, a chronic musculoskeletal disease, CNN reported.

“I promise I will be back in your city, but for now, I need to put myself and my well-being first. I love you, forever,” Gaga said on Twitter.

Justin Timberlake goes on Target run in Twin Cities 

Justin Timberlake decided to go on a Target run this week in Minnesota, and the singer tweeted out a surprise to his fans, KARE reported.

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The singer, who will headline the halftime show for Super Bowl LII on Sunday in Minneapolis, filmed himself at a Target store in St. Paul filling his shopping cart with gifts and necessary items.

“I'm doing my Target run. Got socks, got PJ Masks -- my kid loves them, got Fruity Pebbles -- because I love them, got Reese's Pieces -- shout out to ‘E.T.’ the movie,” Timberlake said on the video.

Timberlake, whose latest album is called “Man of the Woods,” signed five copies of a limited vinyl edition of the record, saying he was going to leave it with the store manager. Fans who wanted the disc had to give a special code to the manager, Timberlake said in the video.

“The code word is aardvark, I don't know why, just sounds like a great word,” he said.

The video was posted Friday afternoon, but it could have been filmed earlier in the week, KARE reported.

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