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ArethaFranklin-110909.jpg Aretha Franklin is reportedly threatening to sue over what she claims is a "trashy" unauthorized biography about her life. David Ritz recently released the somewhat controversial biography on the Queen of Soul titled Respect on October 28. It has been said the book was in the making for 25 years.

Springsteen-093009.jpg Brad Pitt has been outspoken about his wish to play the role of Bruce Springsteen in an upcoming biopic. The 50-year-old actor desperately wants the chance to portray the rocker in a movie, aptly titled The Boss, according to Radar Online. "Bruce has had offers before and has always turned them down, but Brad's interest has caught his attention," a source said.

img1-070214.jpg Beach Boys singer Mike Love is planning to release his memoir in 2016. The book, tentatively called Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, is being released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the band's Good Vibrations album. "I've had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences," the singer said.

kiss-110209.jpg KISS have shot a commercial promoting Google's Android operating system. The band are rendered in animation, playing their hit "Rock and Roll All Nite." In the clip a pedestrian drops his phone in the road and it's smashed by passing cars. When KISS arrive on the scene in a limo, Gene Simmons gets out and steps on it with his platform boots.

RollingStones-110409.jpg Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones says that James Brown was an early inspiration, albeit one whom he didn't emulate very well. Speaking with The Sun, he said that he couldn't pull off the Godfather of Soul's moves. "I tried some of his moves," he began. "I did very bad imitations but they were fun."

paulmccartney-04261.jpg Mary McCartney, the daughter of Paul McCartney, has released a book of photographs called Monochrome & Colour. The pair were seen in London on Thursday celebrating the book's launch at a private party. The book shows off snazzy pics from the personal collection of Mary. Celeb guests at the soirée included Paul's son James, model Kate Moss and Tom Ford.

Cher-080212.jpg Cher has canceled the remaining dates of her Dressed to Kill tour on advice from her docs. Medical advisers told the singer that she has a viral infection and that she needs plenty of rest to make it better. Cher is "totally devastated" by the news she told E! "Nothing like this has ever happened to me. I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets."

BobSeger-032811.jpg Bob Seger launched his North American Ride Out tour on Wednesday in Saginaw, Michigan. Video from the event found its way onto the web, and sees the legendary rocker opening with 1983's "Roll Me Away." Bob and the Silver Bullet Band go on to play a 23 song set lasting over two hours, including two encores.

thewho-103009.jpg The Beatles and the Who are among the artists who have vinyl releases scheduled for Universal's "12 Days of Christmas" promotion. The promo sees 12 artists dripping exclusive records at indie retailers in the U.K. The Fab Four will release a seven-inch version of "Long Tall Sally," while the Who will release a "Be Lucky" seven-inch.

paulmccartney-04261.jpg Paul McCartney has shared 3D footage of his historic concert at San Fran's Candlestick Park, which took place over the summer. Jaunt VR has developed an app that will put viewers in the audience of the August show. The footage sees Macca and his band playing the classic hit "Live and Let Die," and was filmed with 360-degree, stereoscopic 3-D cameras and 3-D sound-field microphone.

jimmy-ruffin-112014.jpg Jimmy Ruffin, the soul singer most well known for his hit "What Becomes Brokenhearted," died in Las Vegas on Monday, November 17. He was 78. His kids, Philicia and Jimmy Lee confirmed his passing but did not give the cause. "Jimmy Ruffin was a phenomenal singer," said Motown founder Berry Gordy in a statement. He called "Brokenhearted" "one of the greatest songs put out."

BillyJoel-10032009.jpg The Library of Congress has honored Billy Joel with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song lifetime achievement honor. The LoC celebrated with a Washington, DC concert attended by Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Performances came from Tony Bennett, Gavin DeGraw, LeAnn Rimes, John Mellencamp, Natalie Maines, Boyz II Men and more.

BobSeger-032811.jpg EMI Australia, the record label of Bob Seger down under, will not release his latest album, Ride Out, according to reports. According to Noise 11, Seger has "seven Top 30 albums in Australia," which include The Bob Seger Collection, Against the Wind, Night Moves, Stranger in Town, Nine Tonight, The Distance and Like a Rock.

steviewonder-040811.jpg  Stevie Wonder was among the artists honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers [ASCAP] with the Centennial Award for "incomparable accomplishments." The honors gala went down Monday in NYC and marked the 100th anny of the organization. Others to get the award were Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim.

ElvisPresley-101909.jpg The first recording by Elvis Presley, preserved on an acetate disc cut at Sun Records studio Memphis Recording Service on July 18, 1953, will hit the auction block on January 8. The disc, which features the songs "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," is the only of its kind. Record Collector magazine has previously listed the item at $500,000.