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Aubrey O'Day, Shannon Bex rise from Danity Kane's ashes to form dumblonde

Danity Kane might not have worked out on its second try, but two of its members aren’t ditching the girl group model.

Former members Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex announced they have formed a new duo: dumblonde.

Dumblonde won’t follow the urban-pop that put Danity Kane on the map, O'Day and Bex said Sunday on the red carpet at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Instead, the duo said they are crafting alternative dance/pop.

No word on when new music will be released, but the duo will play their upcoming EP to fans during a listening party in Los Angeles on April 11 – for $100 a pop.

Last fall Danity Kane pulled off a rather strange feat with its latest release, “DK3.” The album, the act's first effort in more than six years, is a comeback and a swan song.

After reuniting in 2013 – without Sean “Diddy” Combs, who assembled them during the third season of the hit reality series “Making the Band” – things quickly went south.

Only four of the five original members —Bex, O'Day, Dawn Richard and...

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iHeartRadio Music Awards: 10 most embarrassing moments

After iHeartRadio’s 2014 debut into a crowded marketplace of award shows, our takeaway was less than enthusiastic. Maybe they'll matter next year, we hoped. 

Walking out of the Shrine on Sunday night -- where the three-hour, fan-voted telecast was taped -- the results were clear: Nope.

It wasn't that the second edition of the awards, presented by the radio conglomerate formerly known as Clear Channel, lacked highlights. Rihanna channeled vintage Lil Kim in her new single “Bitch Better Have My Money,” Snoop Dogg continued his promising comeback and Justin Timberlake was honored. And Katy Perry's "left shark" made a triumphant return to the spotlight after his Super Bowl performance went viral (including this as a highlight shows what we’re dealing with here).

Only two years in, iHeartRadio's attempt to compete with the Grammys has a long way to go. Here are 10 moments that left us red with embarrassment:

1. Where was everybody? Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Calvin Harris and Hozier were...

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Destiny's Child reunites at the Gospel Music Awards

Las Vegas might usually be where pop stars go to die, but last night at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, one act came back to life: While the rest of the world was watching the cringe-worthy iHeartRadio awards or turning their Twitter profiles blue, Michelle Williams was joined for her song "Say Yes" by none other than her Destiny's Child sisters, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé.

Both the track, which appears on Williams' 2014 album "Journey to Freedom," and its corresponding video, which won music video of the year at the awards, already feature guest appearances from Bey and Kelly, but the triforce performance at the Orleans Arena was unscheduled (publicly, at least).

Wearing what essentially are grown-up versions of their '90s/'00s outfits -- white blazers, artfully ripped jeans, gold pumps -- the trio gave the song a subtle but obviously pitch-perfect rendition. It's the first time the women have appeared together onstage like this since Bey's Super Bowl halftime show in 2013.

It's...

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Coachella, Lollapalooza outlaw selfie sticks

Want a selfie at Coachella or Lollapalooza this year? Go for it -- but just make sure to ditch the selfie stick.

Both music festivals have updated their FAQ pages to reflect policies that prohibit the camera-mount stick that extends the selfie range of your smartphone.

Coachella listed "selfie sticks" and "narsisstics" among banned items, which also include flags, hula hoops, laser pointers, drones and Sharpies. The festival is scheduled for April 10 through 12 and April 17 through 19.

Lollapalooza's slightly shorter banned items list also includes the stick and GoPro attachments like sticks and monopods. The Chicago music festival takes place July 31 through Aug. 2 at Grant Park. 

The festivals are following museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens in Washington, D.C., which already have selfie stick rules in place.

On Sunday, concertgoers took to Twitter to express their outrage -- or joy -- over the...

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Little Big Town's 'Girl Crush' rankles puritanical country radio

Before reading the following paragraphs about Little Big Town’s “controversial” country song “Girl Crush," it’d probably be a good idea to read the lyrics while listening to it. It will help to understand the ridiculousness of the news that some commercial country music stations have withdrawn it from playlists after outrage from conservative listeners who interpreted the song as an ode to homosexual passion.

First of all, it’s likely not. It’s about jealousy, about heart-wrenching adoration for a lover who’s having an affair. It’s about obsession, about lying awake at night staring at the ceiling and wondering, playing out every scenario, imagining a lover’s betrayal with a kind of sensual rage. Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild explores the rush of emotion that arrives when an imagined tryst so consumes the brain that nothing else matters:  “I don’t get no sleep / I don't get no peace / Thinking about her / Under your bed sheets.”

“I got a girl crush, hate to admit it,” she sings....

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