NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift will premiere her new video for “Out of the Woods” during tonight’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC. The musical lineup is packed: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Andy Grammer, Fall Out Boy, Elle King, Ellie Goulding, Nick Jonas, Tove Lo, OMI, Pentatonix, Rachel Platten, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Jimmy Buffett. On Fox, Pitbull will host New Year’s Eve celebrations from Miami. Musical guests include Shawn Mendes, Austin Mahone and Prince Royce.
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The father of a film worker killed by a train on the set of a movie about Gregg Allman is asking a Georgia judge to keep the film’s director in jail. Richard Jones, the father of camera assistant Sarah Jones, is asking the judge to deny a request from “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller for early release from his two-year jail sentence. Miller entered a plea deal last March for involuntary manslaughter. Sarah Jones was killed in February 2014 while the crew was filming without permission on a railroad bridge and a freight train came through. Miller’s lawyers are asking for early release because they say Miller’s weight gain, shortness of breath and elevated blood pressure may be signs of congestive heart failure. They say he’s also been a model prisoner. Richard Jones says if Miller gets early release, it sends the message that “Hollywood gets a break.”
MIAMI (AP) — John Fogerty will perform the halftime show for the Orange Bowl tomorrow afternoon. Yolanda Adams will sing the national anthem before the game as Oklahoma takes on Clemson. The game will be shown live on ESPN.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took more than 50 years for Nat “King” Cole to have a top-40 hit with “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You).” Cole recorded four versions of the songs from 1946 to 1961, and it hit number 65 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1962. It never hit the top 40 until this week, when it checks in at number 38. The highest it ever got before this year was number 45 two years ago. Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” is also a top-40 hit this year, for the first time since 1961.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chicago keyboardist Robert Lamm acknowledges he jumped the gun when he said Peter Cetera would sing at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in April. Lamm tells Billboard magazine he misinterpreted his email exchanges with Cetera and he spoke out of turn when he told Radio.com that Cetera would sing but not necessarily play bass at their induction. Lamm has apologized to Cetera and the music press. Cetera himself has not said whether he’ll even attend the induction, nor has drummer Danny Seraphine, who quit Chicago in 1994.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gladys Knight and her brother Bubba Knight are mourning the loss of one of the men who performed alongside the singer as one of the Pips. William Guest died last week of congestive heart failure. He was 74. Guest was a cousin of Gladys and Bubba Knight. But Bubba says Guest was “more like a big brother … than a distant cousin.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Guest was one of men who as The Pips, did the background vocals for Gladys Knight and the Pips. He performed through the lifespan of the group, which was together from 1953 through 1989. You can hear his work harmonizing behind Knight on songs like “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Gladys Knight and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Apollo Hall of Fame in 2006. Another group member, Edward Patten — also a cousin of Gladys Knight — died in 2005.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You’d figure it would take an intergalactic star to bump off Adele. And that’s’ just what happened as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. Adele was among the celebrities in the running for the annual honor. The British-born singer has won the title before. Taylor Swift was also among those in the running for the 2015 title, along with people like Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence, Taraji P. Henson and Jon Stewart.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Beatles can provide the soundtrack for your Christmas Eve — if you let them. Throughout the day, the music of the Fab Four will be available for streaming from a number of online outlets. You name the streaming service — and chances are they will be rolling Beatles music today. Among the ones involved in the mass streaming are Apple Music, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody and Amazon Prime Music, as well as Slacker Radio, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer. There will be 17 Beatles albums in today’s stream, plus some of the group’s greatest hits collections.
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s one battle for popularity that Adele didn’t win. After posting monster sales for her new album “25,” you might think there is nothing she can’t do. But her TV special came up short in a bid to be the top-rated show of the week. “Adele Live in New York” finished 11th in the Nielsen ratings for the week. Number one was the Republican debate held in Las Vegas last week. Number two was the Sunday night football game between Arizona and Philadelphia.