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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


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Music

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


Filed under Entertainment, Music

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


Filed under Entertainment, Music

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


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

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...

Review: Ariana Grande exudes an ecstatic calm on new album ‘Sweetener’

Review: Ariana Grande exudes an ecstatic calm on new album ‘Sweetener’

August 28, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

You can imagine how Ariana Grande’s new album might’ve turned out. The pop singer’s first record since the terrorist bombing that killed 22 people last year as they left a concert of hers at England’s Manchester Arena, “Sweetener” would likely have surprised few if it had arrived Friday as...

Grammys get in tune with hip-hop and diversity for 2018 nominations

Grammys get in tune with hip-hop and diversity for 2018 nominations

November 28, 2017


Filed under Music

By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) After treading cautiously through the realm of hip-hop for nearly four decades, the Recording Academy belatedly has embraced the genre wholeheartedly in its most prestigious categories for the 60th Grammy Awards, nominations for which were announced Tuesday. C...

Taylor Swift sets ‘Reputation’ tour dates

Taylor Swift sets ‘Reputation’ tour dates

November 14, 2017


Filed under Music

By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) Taylor Swift’s long-awaited “Reputation” is already assured to be one of the best-selling album launches in recent history. Now the singer has a stadium tour to go with it. Swift announced the first round of U.S. dates for her “Reputation” tour o...

Diddy was just ‘joking’ about changing his name to ‘Brother Love’

November 7, 2017


Filed under Music

By Nicole Bitette New York Daily News (TNS) Diddy almost did it again. Sean Combs — who currently goes by Diddy and previously went by Puff Daddy, Puffy and P. Diddy — clarified that he was “only joking” when he announced over the weekend that he would be changing his name once again. “...

‘Smurfs’ and ‘Going in Style’ are no match for ‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty’ at box office

‘Smurfs’ and ‘Going in Style’ are no match for ‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty’ at box office

April 18, 2017


Filed under Music

LOS ANGELES — Luckily, the box-office beating “The Boss Baby” and “Beauty and the Beast” put on Sony’s new release “Smurfs: The Lost Village” couldn’t make the animated gnomes any more blue. The Alec Baldwin-voiced baby with a briefcase took the No. 1 spot for the second week in a r...

Netflix Acquires Global Rights to Jonathan Demme’s Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids

September 13, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Music

Beverly Hills, Calif, September 9, 2016 - Starting on October 12, 2016, Netflix will offer its members the chance to spend a night with Justin Timberlake. The entertainment streaming company has acquired global rights to the performance film, Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, which will ...

Keith Urban takes a leap with new album ‘Ripcord’ while keeping a strong grip on his fan base

Keith Urban takes a leap with new album ‘Ripcord’ while keeping a strong grip on his fan base

June 25, 2016


Filed under Music

Recording last year in New York, Keith Urban pulled out his trusty ganjo — a six-string version of a banjo that’s a hybrid with a guitar — and began to pick. He was at a recording studio collaborating with veteran R&B disco musician, producer and songwriter Nile Rodgers, who had a typical response ...

With ‘Lemonade,’ Beyonce shows she doesn’t need Hollywood one bit

With ‘Lemonade,’ Beyonce shows she doesn’t need Hollywood one bit

May 16, 2016


Filed under Music

There was a time when Beyonce wanted to be a movie star. That was, after all, the traditional trajectory for pop singers who were bursting at the seams of music stardom — especially “divas.” Break out, break big, dominate the charts, star in a bunch of movies, become a household name. Basically, f...

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