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‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ bringing beloved tale to new heights

‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ bringing beloved tale to new heights

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October 29, 2019

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Imagine a Disney cartoon that melts into a live musical. That’s just what ABC is planning for Nov. 5. And if it sounds a little bit remarkable, it is. The hybrid will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Disney’s evergreen animated movie “The Little Mermaid.” The special will accompli...

Region’s top honor musicians; vocalists perform at Northeast Community College

Region’s top honor musicians; vocalists perform at Northeast Community College

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October 29, 2019

NORFOLK, NE – The Norfolk campus of Northeast Community College was filled with the sound of music earlier this week as a number of the region’s top high school musicians and vocalists had the opportunity to participate in an honors program through the institution’s music department. The 110 s...

Nick Jonas is in, Gwen Stefani is out. This will be ‘The Voice’ in 2020

Nick Jonas is in, Gwen Stefani is out. This will be ‘The Voice’ in 2020

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October 8, 2019

Nick Jonas has landed a new gig as a coach in the forthcoming season of “The Voice,” with No Doubt’s lead singer Gwen Stefani stepping down. Jonas, one-third of the Jonas Brothers, announced Monday that he’d be joining the singing competition for its spring 2020 season. He was on “The Ell...

Review: Avril Lavigne, on her first tour in five years, proves she is still pop’s punk princess

Review: Avril Lavigne, on her first tour in five years, proves she is still pop’s punk princess

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October 1, 2019

CHICAGO — With a toss of her hair and pop of her hip, Avril Lavigne smirked at her audience. “Don’t pretend, I think you know I’m d--- precious,” she sang, delivering her “Hey Mickey”-esque 2007 single “Girlfriend.” “And hell yeah, I’m the (expletive) princess!” She’s still a “prince...

What we learned from Beyoncé’s surprise ‘Making the Gift’ documentary

What we learned from Beyoncé’s surprise ‘Making the Gift’ documentary

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September 17, 2019

Beyoncé’s penchant for surprises spilled onto network television Monday night when the pop superstar aired “Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift” on ABC. The documentary special — a behind-the-scenes look at her musical ode to this summer’s “The Lion King” — dropped Monday with little ad...

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ had a historic run, but now Billie Eilish is No. 1

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August 20, 2019

Step aside, Lil Nas X. There’s a new sheriff in town, and her name is Billie Eilish. Billboard announced on Monday that the rising pop star’s summer smash “Bad Guy” has hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, ending “Old Town Road’s” unprecedented 19-week ride at the top. After lurking consistent...

Why the perfectly reasonable Grammy nominations feel like something of a letdown

Why the perfectly reasonable Grammy nominations feel like something of a letdown

December 11, 2018

One of the most nominated songs at the 61st Grammy Awards first reached many listeners as part of the 60th Grammy Awards. A three-way pileup involving a young country singer, an established EDM star and an up-and-coming dance-pop production team, “The Middle” premiered during January’s annual telec...

Katy Perry unseats Taylor Swift and Beyoncé as Forbes’ highest-paid woman in music

Katy Perry unseats Taylor Swift and Beyoncé as Forbes’ highest-paid woman in music

November 27, 2018

Katy Perry has roared back to the top of Forbes’ highest-paid women in music list. The pop star earned an estimated $83 million before taxes between June 2017 and June 2018, largely due to her 80-date Witness tour and judging duties on ABC’s “American Idol” reboot, the financial magazine sa...

What ‘A Star is Born’ says about love, addiction and the insidious power of music

What ‘A Star is Born’ says about love, addiction and the insidious power of music

October 18, 2018

Twelve days after opening in the U.S., director Bradley Cooper’s remake of “A Star is Born” already has grossed $100 million. The people, collectively, have spoken, and they love it. (I liked it.) They’re crying on the way into the theaters. The soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 alb...

Taylor Swift talked about the importance of voting, and registration spiked

Taylor Swift talked about the importance of voting, and registration spiked

October 9, 2018

It’s been only two days since her impassioned Instagram post encouraged fans to become politically active, but Taylor Swift is already rocking the vote. And rankling President Trump in the process. New voter registrations spiked after the pop star waded into political waters on Sunday, Vote.org dire...

Rihanna, pop star and fashion icon, now has an even fancier title

Rihanna, pop star and fashion icon, now has an even fancier title

September 25, 2018

Rihanna — aka Robyn Fenty — has a fancy new title courtesy of her home island of Barbados: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Announced Thursday, the new distinction means she now has official power to promote education, tourism and investment in the 21-mile-long country. Rihanna has ...

Remembering Mac Miller, a young rapper who never stopped growing up

Remembering Mac Miller, a young rapper who never stopped growing up

September 11, 2018

Mac Miller was undeniably a child of the internet. As a teenager in the early 2000s, he went online to study the hip-hop stars working hundreds or thousands of miles from his home in Pittsburgh. Later, after he started rapping himself, he used YouTube and social media to build a following with little in...

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