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<p>&quot;X Factor&quot;&nbsp;Season 2 winner Tate Stevens performs during the show's December finale.</p>

"X Factor" Season 2 winner Tate Stevens performs during the show's December finale.

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'The X Factor's' Tate Stevens signs with Syco/RCA Records Nashville

When will the country crooner's album come out?

Tate Stevens, the winner of “The X Factor’s” second season, has signed with Syco Music/RCA Records Nashville.

The country singer, whose musical heroes are George Strait and Garth Brooks, is writing and recording material for his debut album, which will come out this spring. He began working on the album earlier this month.

Stevens was a member of L.A. Reid’s Over 25s team.

Melanie Amaro, the winner of the first season of “The X Factor,” is also expected to release her debut album, “Truly,” this  spring.  The is signed to Reid’s label, Epic Records.

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Watch: Bono and Rolling Stones herald Muscle Shoals' studios in new doc

Watch: Bono and Rolling Stones herald Muscle Shoals' studios in new doc

Film about two top Alabama recording studios premieres at Sundance

“You’re in rock and roll heaven, man.”  That’s how The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards describes recording at Alabama’s  legendary FAME Studios.

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Is 'Stay' a good choice for Rihanna's next single from 'Unapogetic?'

Can it shine as brightly as 'Diamonds?'


With “Diamonds” still shining brightly on the Billboard Hot 100, Rihanna’s label has chosen “Stay” as the second pop single from “Unapologetic.”

The quiet, plaintive ballad caused a ripple when she debuted the tune on “Saturday Night Live” in November, bolstered by her stark performance.

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Watch: Paramore takes you in the studio for new single, 'Now'

Watch: Paramore takes you in the studio for new single, 'Now'

Five things we learned from the clip

There’s a lot of information to parse from the 58-second clip Paramore released to tease the arrival of “Now,” the group’s new single out Jan. 22. The track comes from “Paramore,” the rock band’s next album —and first to feature them as a trio— out April 9. Justin Meldal-Johnson produced the album, the group's first since 2009's "Brand New Eyes" and the 2010 departure of founding members/brothers Josh and Zac Farro. The band is now singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York.

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<p>Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos will be back in a new season of &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos will be back in a new season of "The Killing."

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AMC resurrects 'The Killing' for season 3

Murder mystery series will return with stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman and producer Veena Sud

Because someone, somewhere, demanded it, "The Killing" lives.

Back in July, AMC declined to order a third season of the mystery series, and though Fox Television Studios insisted they would seek another buyer for the series, instead it's returned to its original home, with original showrunner Veena Sud still in charge, and stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman reprising their roles as Seattle cops Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder. Production will begin in Vancouver in late February.

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<p>Ingrid Michaelson accompanied by children from Newtown, Conn. and Sandy Hook Elementary school perform &quot;Somewhere Over the Rainbow&quot; on ABC's &quot;Good Morning America&quot; </p>

Ingrid Michaelson accompanied by children from Newtown, Conn. and Sandy Hook Elementary school perform "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on ABC's "Good Morning America"

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Watch: Sandy Hook students sing 'Over the Rainbow' with Ingrid Michaelson

Train releases 'Imagine' single to benefit Sandy-devastated Sea Bright

Grab your tissues. There’s no way you can get  watch students from Newtown, Conn’s Sandy Hook Elementary performing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” without tearing up.

One month after the shooting that claimed 26 lives at the school, 21 current and former students from the school sang the “Wizard Of Oz” classic on “Good Morning America.” Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson accompanied the children ukulele on an arrangement of the song made famous by Hawaiian artist Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

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<p>&quot;War Witch&quot;</p>

"War Witch"

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Oscar nominee 'War Witch' leads Canadian Screen Award nods

Plus, the only nominations you'll see this season for 'Resident Evil: Retribution'

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee "War Witch" could, I think, have been a real contender for the win in another year; the African-set child soldier drama delivers an emotional punch that's hard to argue with. As it is, it'll likely remain nobly content with the nomination, but it stands to dominate at its local answer to the Oscars, the Canadian Screen Awards. With 12 nominations, the film leads the field for the inaugural awards, which have assimilated the formerly separate Genie and Gemini Awards.

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<p>Jessica Biel in &quot;Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.&quot;</p>

Jessica Biel in "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes."

Exclusive Sundance Clip: Jessica Biel in 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes' clip

First look at the new dramatic competition entry

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is only days away and, as usual, it will be a welcome breath of fresh air for the industry after weeks of award season campaigning and holiday blockbusters.  On the outset, this year's slate of U.S. dramatic competition films and premieres appear friendlier than usual to mainstream audiences.  A number of the dramatic competition films have more recognizable than previous years stars such as "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck), "Afternoon Delight" (Kathryn Hahn, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch), "Austenland" (Keri Russell), "Kill Your Darlings" (Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall), "Fruitvale" (Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray), "The Lifeguard" (Kristen Bell) and "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes."  

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;Inception.&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio in "Inception."

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Roundup: On Leonardo DiCaprio's odd Oscar history

Also: The genius of Jodie Foster's speech, and the oldest living Oscar nominees

The word "snub" is one we all abuse on occasion -- I prefer "not nominated," since it doesn't imply active antagonism -- and I've seen it used a lot lately about Leonardo DiCaprio. It doesn't seem justified in his case either, given that the Academy evidently has a lot of respect for someone they've nominated three times, but it's true that he does boast more near-misses than most working actors today. Daniel Montgomery, meanwhile, notices an interesting anomaly: he's starred as a lead in six Best Picture nominees -- usually a decent route to Oscar attention -- but has only been nominated for one of them. Of course, "Django Unchained," in which he came up against unfortunate internal competition, is the latest example of this odd phenomenon. [Gold Derby

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders and Ray Wise in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders and Ray Wise in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Band or DJ?'

Barney seeks the approval of Robin's dad, while Lily and Ted clash over wedding plans

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I give the rabbit a backstory...

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: 'Moroccan Madness'

Brandi gets a threatening letter and Kyle's husband loses his cool

Aww, darn. This episode started out on such a pleasant, only mildly crazy note. But we know that mildly crazy is never as much fun as sobbing and fighting, so everything melts down pretty quickly. Plus with Taylor in the house (yes, she's still on the show; isn't that weird?), it only takes a moment for her to try to make an argument all about her, even when it's not and no one seems to have noticed she was there.

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<p>&quot;Lincoln&quot;&nbsp;screenwriter Tony&nbsp;Kushner and &quot;Team of Rivals&quot;&nbsp;author Doris Kearns Goodwin at the New York&nbsp;Film&nbsp;Critics Circle Awards</p>

"Lincoln" screenwriter Tony Kushner and "Team of Rivals" author Doris Kearns Goodwin at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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'Perks of Being a Wallflower' joins Oscar nominees on list of 25th USC Scripter finalists

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Tony Mendez and Yann Martel get their own awards notice

The USC Scripter Awards is celebrating its silver anniversary this year. And in this 25th year, the USC Libraries' set of nominees is reflective of a very competitive year as, for the first time ever, a tie resulted in six nominees as opposed to the usual five.

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