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Beyoncé releases 5th album unexpectedly on iTunes

Billboard: Beyoncé unexpectedly released her fifth self-titled album exclusively on iTunes early Friday without prior announcement. Billed as an “exclusive visual album,” the release features 14 songs and 17 videos. Collaborators include Jay Z, Drake and Frank Ocean.

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Photo: Beyoncé performs on stage at “Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live.” (Getty Images via NBCNews.com)

Ground Control to Cmdr. Chris Hadfield…

CTV: Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield is leaving the International Space Station with the flourish of a rock star, releasing a polished music video tribute to his months in space in the final hours before his return to Earth.

Sunday’s passing of the torch marks the end of Hadfield’s role as the pilot of the massive orbiting research station since he took over on March 13, becoming the first Canadian to command the ISS.

During his mission, the 53-year-old took part in a number of experiments, installations and repairs while delighting and entertaining fans around the world with his seemingly non-stop updates on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Video: A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station (via YouTube)

Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies

The Age: Former Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett has died in New York after a long battle with cancer.

Amphlett, 53, lived in New York with her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton.

They had four Top 10 albums in Australia and one in the US. Their biggest-selling single, I Touch Myself, in 1991, was a No.1 hit in Australia, and made the Top 10 in the US and Britain.

Photo: Chrissy Amphlett (file photo)

Mindy McCready dead at 37
UPDATE, 10:43 pm ET: Cleburne County, Arkansas, sheriff says Mindy McCready’s cause of death “appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.” (via NBCNews)
Country music singer Mindy McCready has died at age 37, sources confirm to NBC News and E! Online. Read more from E! Online.
Photo via Today Entertainment.

Mindy McCready dead at 37

UPDATE, 10:43 pm ET: Cleburne County, Arkansas, sheriff says Mindy McCready’s cause of death “appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.” (via NBCNews)

Country music singer Mindy McCready has died at age 37, sources confirm to NBC News and E! Online. Read more from E! Online.

Photo via Today Entertainment.

2013 Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West lead the nominees for the 55th annual Grammy Awards, which were handed out Sunday. Read more about the night’s winners from The Hollywood Reporter.

Photo: Adele at the 2013 Grammy Awards. (via Hollywood Reporter)

'Gangnam Style' becomes 1st video to reach 1 billion views

"Gangnam Style" has just become the first video to reach and surpass one billion views.

This morning, Psy’s mega-hit reached this unprecedented milestone just 27 days after surpassing Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the most watched video on YouTube, Billboard reports.

Photo: Psy performs “Gangnam Style” on the “Today Show” on Sept. 14, 2012. (TODAY)

Singer Jenni Rivera missing in suspected plane crash

CNN:

Singer Jenni Rivera is missing after a plane she was flying in lost contact with air traffic controllers in Mexico early Sunday morning, officials said.

Two pilots and and four other passengers are also missing in the suspected crash, Mexico’s transportation ministry said in a statement.

Photo via CNN

Notorious B.I.G. autopsy report released
The long-sealed autopsy report on Notorious B.I.G. shows the rapper was shot four times in a 1997 drive-by shooting in Los Angeles that remains unsolved.The report describes the one fatal shot, which tore through his left lung, heart and colon, AP reports.Photo: Notorious B.I.G. clutches his awards at the podium during the 1995 Billboard Music Awards. (Mark Lennihan / AP file)

Notorious B.I.G. autopsy report released

The long-sealed autopsy report on Notorious B.I.G. shows the rapper was shot four times in a 1997 drive-by shooting in Los Angeles that remains unsolved.

The report describes the one fatal shot, which tore through his left lung, heart and colon, AP reports.

Photo: Notorious B.I.G. clutches his awards at the podium during the 1995 Billboard Music Awards. (Mark Lennihan / AP file)

JUST IN: Jazz musician Dave Brubeck dies at 91
Dave Brubeck, a pioneering jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” died this morning in Norwalk, Connecticut, his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd says. Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure. Read more from the Chicago Tribune.
Photo: Kennedy Center honorees Mel Brooks, left, and Dave Brubeck in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 6, 2009. (Alex Brandon / AP)

JUST IN: Jazz musician Dave Brubeck dies at 91

Dave Brubeck, a pioneering jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” died this morning in Norwalk, Connecticut, his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd says. Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure. Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

Photo: Kennedy Center honorees Mel Brooks, left, and Dave Brubeck in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 6, 2009. (Alex Brandon / AP)

The Beatles’ 1st single ‘Love Me Do’ turns 50

NBC News reports: If any one record could be said to be a harbinger of the musical and social upheavals of the 1960s, “Love Me Do” is it, since it kicked off the career of a rock group that many have called the greatest musical act of all time.

Fiona Apple arrested for hash possession
TODAY: Singer Fiona Apple was arrested Wednesday night for hashish possession and is being held in a county jail in Texas, a jail official tells TODAY. As of Thursday morning, Apple was still jailed, waiting for bond to be set.
TMZ.com reports the drug was reportedly found on her bus, where some marijuana was also said to be found.
Photo: Fiona Apple performs in Austin, Texas, in 2012. (Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images Contributor File)

Fiona Apple arrested for hash possession

TODAY: Singer Fiona Apple was arrested Wednesday night for hashish possession and is being held in a county jail in Texas, a jail official tells TODAY. As of Thursday morning, Apple was still jailed, waiting for bond to be set.

TMZ.com reports the drug was reportedly found on her bus, where some marijuana was also said to be found.

Photo: Fiona Apple performs in Austin, Texas, in 2012. (Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images Contributor File)

Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty found dead in NY apartment

Chris Lighty, longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey, died Thursday morning after he shot himself during an argument with his ex-wife inside his Bronx, NY, apartment, sources tell the Daily News.

Photo: Chris Lighty is seen with Sean “Diddy” Combs. (Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com)

Davy Jones, lead singer for the Monkees, has died of a heart attack at age 66.
[Houston Press]

Davy Jones, lead singer for the Monkees, has died of a heart attack at age 66.

[Houston Press]