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  • Cannes 2015: Rita Ora's racy dress, DiCaprio's art donation and more …
    Cannes 2015: Rita Ora's racy dress, DiCaprio's art donation and more … Fri, May 22, 2015

    The stars were out in force at Cannes’ annual amfAR Gala to help raise money in the fight against AIDS. More »

  • Eurovision 2015: Remember these past UK acts?
    Eurovision 2015: Remember these past UK acts? Wed, May 20, 2015

    Take a trip down memory lane as we recall performances from Blue, Bonnie Tyler and Scooch. More »

  • Pianist looks to Syria's musical past to spread peace
    Pianist looks to Syria's musical past to spread peace Wed, May 20, 2015

    Malek Jandali may only have been alive for four decades but the award-winning composer insists he feels ancient, having revived some of the oldest melodies from his war-torn Syrian homeland. More »

  • CANNES WATCH: Aishwarya Rai stuns, DiCaprio spends big
    CANNES WATCH: Aishwarya Rai stuns, DiCaprio spends big Tue, May 19, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — The wait was worth it: Aishwarya Rai's return to Cannes with her first film in five years got a boost when the beauty made a splashy appearance in a ruby red number and smoky eyes. More »

  • CANNES WATCH: Jackson patriarch makes a splash at Cannes
    CANNES WATCH: Jackson patriarch makes a splash at Cannes Tue, May 19, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — Along with film stars and other top actors and directors in the industry, Cannes Film Festival red carpet premieres tend to bring out the random celebrity that makes you wonder why they're there. More »

  • Beatles guitar headlines NY music auction
    Beatles guitar headlines NY music auction Fri, May 15, 2015

    A guitar played by George Harrison in the Beatles' early days, previously on display in a British museum, goes on auction in New York Friday, valued at $400,000 to $600,000. More »

  • Ministers let their hair down at NATO meeting Thu, May 14, 2015

    The Greek and Turkish foreign ministers swayed side-by-side, while NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini danced on stage as NATO ministers joined in a raucous rendition of "We are the World". Putting aside crises over Ukraine and Libya that had occupied them during the day, normally buttoned-up ministers and top military officers let their hair down after dinner at a NATO meeting in the Turkish seaside resort of Antalya on Wednesday. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the host, climbed on stage to thank the band that had played for the guests after their first day of discussions, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet's website. As the group played out with "We are the World", written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie in 1985 for a campaign against famine in Africa, Cavusoglu invited other ministers to join him and the performers on stage. More »

  • All the facts and figures you need to know as Billy Elliot The Musical celebrates …
    All the facts and figures you need to know as Billy Elliot The Musical celebrates … Wed, May 13, 2015

    From the number of boys who have played Billy to the number of performances in the last decade, here’s everything you need to know. More »

  • ABC sets 10 new series for next season; Muppets on board
    ABC sets 10 new series for next season; Muppets on board Wed, May 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC is adding a fourth drama next season from its favorite producer, Shonda Rhimes, and bringing the Muppets to prime time in a series with both adult and kid appeal, the network said Tuesday. More »

  • Picasso painting smashes art auction record in $179.4m sale
    Picasso painting smashes art auction record in $179.4m sale Tue, May 12, 2015

    A Picasso oil painting from 1955 smashed the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction on Monday (11 May) when it soared to $179.4m (£115.2m) at Christie's. The auction house had estimated Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O') would sell for about $140m, but several bidders competing via telephone drove the winning bid to $160m, for a final price of $179,365,000 including Christie's commission of just over 12%. "We always knew that it was going to break the world record price, which was achieved here for a triptych by Bacon only last year, at $142m it comes as no surprise that this picture by the genius of 20th century painting, the Mozart of 20th century painting in my mind, Picasso, should sell for $180m. The most expensive work of art sold at auction had been Francis Bacon's triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which sold for $142.4m at Christie's in November 2013. More »

  • Every single Michael Jackson grunt, screech and scream has been mashed into …
    Every single Michael Jackson grunt, screech and scream has been mashed into … Mon, May 11, 2015

    The bizarre clip celebrates the musical legend in an unorthodox way, but you sure haven’t heard anything like it. More »

  • Mariah Carey hits the high notes for Las Vegas residency
    Mariah Carey hits the high notes for Las Vegas residency Thu, May 7, 2015

    It only took Mariah Carey placing her hand to one ear for everyone inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Wednesday night to know what was coming next. One of Carey's characteristically piercing high notes ... More »

  • George Harrison's guitar and Michael Jackson's glove up for auction
    George Harrison's guitar and Michael Jackson's glove up for auction Wed, May 6, 2015

    Property from some of the music industry's biggest stars is set for auction as part of Julien's Auctions 2015 Music Icons sale. The auction house gave a sneak preview of the items about to hit the block, including a guitar used by George Harrison, one of Michael Jackson's gloves, and a tank top worn by Madonna. Harrison's Mastersound electric guitar is one of the highlights of the sale. "It's a guitar that he played in 1963 at various performances throughout the UK, also played it at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, which is really one of their historic performances," said Julien's Auctions CEO and President, Darren Julien. More »

  • Jackson glove, Harrison guitar up for grabs at Music Icons auction Wed, May 6, 2015

    Michael Jackson's glove and George Harrison's guitar star in an auction next week which could fetch up to $4 million (2.62 million pounds). Julien's Auctions will host its Music Icons sale on May 15-16 in New York. Among the music royalty items on sale are an American flag tank top worn by Madonna and a black crown worn by Beyonce in her "Haunted" music video. "It's really an eclectic auction of a lot of items from Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Madonna, so many items to choose from pop culture history," Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions, said at a preview in Beverly Hills. More »

  • DIY wedding playlist? Doable but demanding
    DIY wedding playlist? Doable but demanding Tue, May 5, 2015

    As she prepared to get married in 2009, Meg Keene considered iPods "a small gift from the wedding gods." Rather than hiring a band or professional DJ for thousands of dollars, she and her fiancé made their own playlist of Sir Mix-A-Lot, Frank Sinatra and Dolly Parton songs and cranked them on rented speakers. More »

  • Celebrities: fight-watching, betting and making Vegas money
    Celebrities: fight-watching, betting and making Vegas money Sat, May 2, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Celebrities are taking sides in the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao matchup just like everyone else. Unlike most of us, some of the stars are close friends of the fighters, can scoff at a $100,000 wager or a $10,000 ticket and will get to be center stage on the Las Vegas club scene during a weekend where watchers are willing to pony up $50,000 for a table. More »

  • Telethon that Jerry Lewis memorably ran pulls plug
    Telethon that Jerry Lewis memorably ran pulls plug Fri, May 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon is ending its annual Labor Day telethon, a television tradition for decades that has slowly disappeared from view since the sudden end of Jerry Lewis' role as host following the 2010 show. More »

  • Homeless Jesus statue set to be unveiled in Dublin
    Homeless Jesus statue set to be unveiled in Dublin Fri, May 1, 2015

    Casts of the sculpture already exist in other parts of Europe and North America. More »

  • The Dodger: Floyd Mayweather and the Impunity of Genius
    The Dodger: Floyd Mayweather and the Impunity of Genius Fri, May 1, 2015

    On Saturday, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas—a contest that is being billed, at once melodramatically and uncreatively, as “The Battle for Greatness.” Thousands of fans will watch the fight in person (according to Pacquiao’s promoter, the event's live gate receipts will reach $74 million), and millions more will pay $99.95 apiece to watch it from their homes. The purse for the contest that “has quickly become the biggest, most important event in recent boxing history” could exceed $100 million (Mayweather himself is expected to make “well over” that amount, with a payout that will likely be more than twice what any other boxer has ever received). Mayweather, whatever happens in the ring this weekend, will be guaranteed a paycheck of $50 million simply for showing up. At 38, Mayweather is the highest-paid athlete on the planet. More »

  • AP Interview: Marcus Miller on race, slavery and jazz
    AP Interview: Marcus Miller on race, slavery and jazz Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Jazz musician Marcus Miller's decades-long resume includes multiple Grammy Awards, work with Miles Davis and even an appearance on a Michael Jackson album, but now he's relishing his second calling as a UNESCO Artist For Peace and spokesman for the organization's Slave Route Project. More »

  • Sony plays to strengths in games, sensors as it vows revival
    Sony plays to strengths in games, sensors as it vows revival Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Once at the leading edge of consumer electronics, Sony Corp. is now more lumbering giant than trend-setter after falling behind competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. Sony watchers ... More »

  • ‘Homeless Jesus’ is coming to Dublin
    ‘Homeless Jesus’ is coming to Dublin Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A cast of the well-known statue is being presented to the people of Dublin by an anonymous benefactor. More »

  • Iraqi boy's dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders
    Iraqi boy's dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD. More »

  • ABC News keeps tight lid on Bruce Jenner interview
    ABC News keeps tight lid on Bruce Jenner interview Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The first on-air promo for Friday's broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn't even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it. More »

  • 28 classic albums every twentysomething should know
  • Documentary filmmakers' memoir gives backstage peek at stars
    Documentary filmmakers' memoir gives backstage peek at stars Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    "In the Company of Legends" (Beaufort), by Joan Kramer and David Heeley More »

  • Artists' after-death sales 'up 50%'
    Artists' after-death sales 'up 50%' Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Many musicians shift a large number of records after they have died. More »

  • The Miracle of CGI Selena
    The Miracle of CGI Selena Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    People shouldn't use the word “hologram” to describe the effort to create a walking, talking, singing, and touring CGI version of the dead pop star Selena Quintanilla. The Digitized Human Essence has a name, Selena the One, and fans can soon make IndieGogo donations to help bring it—her? “By no means is this something that’s creepy or weird,” Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister, told Billboard. More »

  • Eddie Murphy 'deeply honoured' to receive comedy accolade
    Eddie Murphy 'deeply honoured' to receive comedy accolade Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    The Shrek funnyman joins former winners Will Ferrell and Tina Fey to receive the prestigious comedy prize. More »

  • 'American Pie': The Paradox of Boomer Nostalgia, in One Song
    'American Pie': The Paradox of Boomer Nostalgia, in One Song Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Shortly after reading the news that Don McLean had sold the original lyrics sheet for “American Pie” at auction for $1.2 million, I found myself on a website I don’t visit often: GlennBeck.com. The song chronicled the death of old American ideals, Beck argued—and offered a dark prophecy about the years to come. “Our culture has erased the meaning of anybody who tried to issue a warning,” Beck told listeners. Setting aside the culture-warrior rhetoric (who’s “they”?), Beck was actually just taking part in a grand American tradition: treating the 800+ words of McLean’s 1971 single like a Talmudic scroll. More »

  • A new album _ and lawsuit _ puts Prince protege in spotlight
    A new album _ and lawsuit _ puts Prince protege in spotlight Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Judith Hill is used to false starts in her career. More »

  • NBC, Cirque du Soleil bringing 'The Wiz' to TV, Broadway
    NBC, Cirque du Soleil bringing 'The Wiz' to TV, Broadway Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    NBC said Monday it will air a Dec. 3 live production of the hit 1970s stage reinvention of "The Wizard of Oz." Its partner on the TV version will be Cirque du Soleil's new stage theatrical division, ... More »

  • The Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap Operas
    The Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap Operas Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    In her later years, my great-grandmother kept two TVs and two VCRs in her apartment—one to tape the ABC soaps, and the other for the CBS soaps, of which her all-time favorite was The Young and the Restless. Irna Phillips, who created soaps including Guiding Light, As The World Turns, and Another World, told a talk show host shortly before her death in 1973 that “as a writer, there isn’t a black or a white, or a square or a bad joke … We’re all brave. More »

  • Justin Bieber’s moustache is an effing joke… It’s The Dredge
  • NBC and Cirque du Soleil team up for 'The Wiz' live musical event Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    NBC will be going down the yellow brick road for its next live musical event "The Wiz," collaborating with theatrical performance troupe Cirque du Soleil, the network said on Monday, part of a strategy to entice viewers to watch live television. The TV event, which will air on Dec. 3, will usher in a new theatrical revival of the musical on Broadway in 2016 by Cirque du Soleil, both overseen by Broadway stalwarts, director Kenny Leon and writer Harvey Fierstein. "The Wiz," based on the Broadway hit musical of the same name, follows author L. Frank Baum's classic tale "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" but with an African-American and multicultural spin, the network said. More »