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

November 7, 2017

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

From left, Boss Baby, voiced by Alec Baldwin, tries to convince Tim, voiced by Miles Bakshi, that they must cooperate in DreamWorks Animation's

April 18, 2017

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

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 is photographed at

June 25, 2016

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

Beyonce backstage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Beyonce is up for Album of the Year in this year's Grammy Awards.  (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

May 16, 2016

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...

Living large with the U.K. band the 1975

The 1975 performs at the mtvU Woodie Awards during SXSW in Austin, Texas, in 2014. (Manuel Nauta/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/TNS)

By Mikael Wood

March 1, 2016

Los Angeles Times (TNS) The video is remarkable, a true window into its subject’s soul. Posted last year on TMZ, the two-minute clip shows Matthew Healy, frontman of the popular British band the 1975, on the sidewalk outside a restaurant in West Hollywood, where Healy has emerged to find several...

Rapper G-Eazy’s career a dream come true

Rapper G-Eazy interacts with the crowd while guest performing with Kehlani at the Austin City Limits music festival on Oct. 4, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Daniel DeSlover/Zuma Press/TNS)

January 20, 2016

By Dan Hyman Chicago Tribune (TNS) By all accounts, G-Eazy has had an excellent past couple years: the San Francisco rapper’s 2014 major-label debut album, “These Things Happen,” landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200; his latest work, last month’s “When It’s Dark Out,” sold more than...

David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ is likely to hit No. 1

File photo dated March 20, 1987 of David Bowie, who has died following an 18-month battle with cancer. (PA Wire/Zuma Press/TNS)

January 13, 2016

By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) Will David Bowie’s last album be his first to top the Billboard 200? That’s looking likely, according to the trade magazine, which said that Bowie’s “Blackstar” is headed for a No. 1 debut on its flagship album chart. Released Friday, just two days b...

‘Damn Country Music’ review: Tim McGraw diversifies


January 12, 2016

By Glenn Gamboa Newsday (TNS) Tim McGraw doesn’t follow country trends. Sure, he keeps up-to-date production-wise. But on “Damn Country Music” (McGraw Music/Big Machine), his 14th studio album, McGraw refuses to join his Nashville contemporaries in narrowing their focus to a single, very successfu...

Adele’s ‘25’ hit the stratosphere in 2015, eclipsing news of music streaming gains

January 12, 2016

By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) The story of the year in the music industry should have been music streaming, as consumers almost doubled their use of streaming services in 2015. But then along came Adele. Just six weeks before the curtain fell on a year in which audio and video streaming...

Do We Really Need Another Festival? Nope

May 7, 2015

By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times (TNS) In what’s become a kind of seasonal migration, the country’s most successful musical acts are heading to the highways to take their art to the people. After conferring with their booking agents, they’ll plot courses, rent buses and hotel suites and fan out i...

Rhiannon Giddens: A Folk Star’s Breakout Moment

Rhiannon Giddens: A Folk Star’s Breakout Moment

April 30, 2015

By Jon Bream Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) She is named after a Welsh mythological spirit. She calls a guy named T Bone her “fairy godfather.” And she just led a singalong at the White House with Barack and Michelle. Rhiannon Giddens has been on a roll since hip producer T Bone Burnett ca...

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