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Marian McPartland, a renowned jazz pianist and longtime host of the National Public Radio show “Piano Jazz,” has died at the age of 95.


McPartland died of natural causes last night at her Port Washington home on Long Island, said NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher Bross.

In a career spanning more than six decades, McPartland became a fixture in the jazz world as a talented musician and well-loved radio personality.

“Retire? Why retire? I’ve got a job, I’m making money, I like what I do. Why retire?” she asked in 2009. “I think I’ll jump out of a cake, or something.”

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Rumors of an NSYNC reunion at MTV VMAs, which set the Internet ablaze yesterday, were not entirely off base, but it's also far from a done deal.

The New York Post reported that Justin Timberlake, J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick are set to perform this weekend.

If they do, though, it remains to be seen what form it will take.

"They're in Miami trying to put something together, if anything at all," a source tells E! News of the NSYNC reunion, which may just be them joining JT on stage.

"It may not be a performance."

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Taylor Swift took a few moments away from mocking Kanye West last night to welcome a surprise guest on stage with her in Los Angeles:

Sara Bareilles!

The artists teamed up in front of an excited Staples Center crowd for a duet of the latter's single, "Brave," an unexpected performance.

We didn't even know the two singers were friends, but we'd love to see them together more often after this rendition. Watch it now:

In other Sara Bareilles "Brave" news, do you think Katy Perry ripped her off?

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Hip-hop producer Scott Storch was robbed at gunpoint by two armed assailants in New York's Times Square this morning, according to police sources.

Scott Storch Mug Shot

The thieves took $100,000 in jewelry as well as a briefcase with nearly $5,000 in cash from Storch, 39, and a 32-year-old companion at about 7 a.m.

The hip-hop star, who has worked with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce and 50 Cent in the past, is in town for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

He had just left the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Ave., and as he got into an SUV on W. 46th St. near Eighth Ave, the gunmen approached.

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"All Eyes On Me," teases Britney Spears' newly unveiled countdown clock.

But what are we waiting until the morning of September 17 for exactly?

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A countdown timer has appeared on the star's website, ticking off the days, hours and seconds until 9:30 a.m. on that date, when who knows what will happen.

The GIF next to it? That has nothing to do with this story. It's just hot.

The words "All Eyes On Me" caption the timer, provoking speculation that this could be the name of a new song or her eighth studio album.

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Chris Brown is allegedly listening to Alanis Morissette for the purposes of combating depression. Karrueche Tran is said to have gotten him hooked on the artist!

The 24-year-old might need all the help he can get.

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Brown suffered a seizure earlier this month that his rep blamed on non-stop negativity surrounding the star, then just nixed four shows in Canada.

The reason? Personal and health issues.

Moreover, he was just slapped with 1,000 more hours of community service at an upsetting court hearing. No wonder he needs to clear his head.

You live, you learn, Chris?!

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Justin Timberlake and N Sync will reportedly hold a one-night, much-anticipated (?) reunion this Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The New York Post reports that JT and his former bandmates will take the stage together during the show this weekend at the Barclays Center.

The boy band disbanded in 2002.

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A reunited N Sync, while not confirmed, isn’t the wildest stretch of the imagination for an event of this magnitude, and one made for huge PR stunts.

The crew did reunite last week, too, just not on stage.

J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick were in the VIP section for JT's show with Jay-Z Friday. Will they join him again Sunday?

The Post claims they will celebrate Timberlake collecting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, for "pioneering and innovative impact" on music videos.

See one of N Sync's "pioneering" efforts after the jump and tell us whether you think a reunion of the former heart throbs on stage would be a good thing:

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Dave Chappelle stars on Prince's "Breakfast Can Wait" cover art, dressed as Prince from one of his famous Chappelle Show skits. Hilarious stuff.

Prince "Breakfast Can Wait" Cover

Prince joined Twitter recently and despite his lack of awareness regarding what a selfie is, his sense of humor is on display with this classic cover art.

The image in question shows Chappelle in a frilly, layered purple look with curly black hair while staring longingly into the camera, a la Prince in his heyday.

Beside him, and under the song title "Breakfast Can Wait," is a plate of pancakes.

Genius. As for the song, it's real, not a spoof. Listen to a clip after the jump!

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The Lady Gaga "Applause" music video has been viewed 5,604,997 times in its first 22 hours of release ... and surely many more by the time you read this.

The first Lady Gaga music video in two years, "Applause" was the talk of the Internet Monday, even as Katy Perry's "Roar" outsells the track on iTunes.

By more than a 2:1 margin, according to some estimates.

"Applause," the first new track song from her upcoming album, ARTPOP, is likely to be performed live this weekend at the MTV Video Music Awards.

That should only further drive views of the video, which is very artistic, a combination of art noir and ... whatever you'd call a smiling Lady Gaga nude.

What do you think of her latest effort? Tell us below:


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The Calling lead singer Alex Band was abducted, beaten and robbed Sunday, he says, just hours before his group announced a comeback effort.

He suffered "a fractured lower spine, 15 stitches to lower chin, three broken teeth and is bruised on his side and stomach" from the baton beating.

He denied that the attack was related to his drug use or a hoax.

"This just happened to me. I didn't kidnap myself, or beat the crap out of myself. So the whole hoax thing is honestly kind of disgusting to hear," he told CNN.

He told investigators he was walking down a street in downtown Lapeer, Mich., where his group had just performed at a music festival, about 3 a.m. Sunday.

That's when two men grabbed him and dragged him into a van.

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