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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...

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...

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 ...

Get Ready for Beat Bugs! Netflix Announces New Guest Artists, Renews Series for Second Season

September 13, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies

Rod Stewart, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Robbie Williams, Frances, Wesley Schultz (of the Lumineers) and Tori Kelly join other all-star musicians as featured cover artists in the original animated series inspired by the music of The Beatles Beverly Hills, CA - July 27, 2016 - Netflix, G...

The Go-Go’s are bidding farewell to touring

August 23, 2016


Filed under Entertainment

By Chrissie Dickinson Chicago Tribune (TNS) Few bands lit up the early 1980's like the Go-Go’s. The all-female band’s hits have endured as shiny pop-rock nuggets that exemplify the best of the new wave era. After a 38-year career of highs, lows, breakups and reunions, the Go-Go’s are now c...

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...

Um, Alicia Keys Just Released A New Single — And It’s Kind Of Great

Um, Alicia Keys Just Released A New Single — And It’s Kind Of Great

May 5, 2016


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By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) Oh, this is a welcome return. After a few years away from the spotlight, Alicia Keys released a new single, “In Common,” late Tuesday, and so far it’s feeling like a low-key delight — certainly an improvement over the ponderous do-gooder vibe that per...

Beyonce Takes A Fierce Stance On ‘Lemonade’

Beyonce Takes A Fierce Stance On ‘Lemonade’

April 26, 2016


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By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) Leave it to Beyonce to surprise us even when we suspected she was coming. Two and a half years ago, no one outside the singer’s trusted circle knew what she had in store with “Beyonce,” the sprawling self-titled album that appeared without warning one night ...

Living large with the U.K. band the 1975

Living large with the U.K. band the 1975

By Mikael Wood

March 1, 2016


Filed under Music

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...

Britney Spears Cancels Concerts After Foot Injury

Britney Spears Cancels Concerts After Foot Injury

May 5, 2015


Filed under Entertainment

By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) Britney Spears has canceled several dates of her “Piece of Me” concert residency in Las Vegas after slipping and injuring her foot onstage. The 33-year-old singer was performing her set Wednesday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino when, aft...

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