Music Review: On 5th album, One Direction satisfies
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Music Review: On 5th album, One Direction satisfies

  One Direction, “Made in the A.M.” (Columbia/Syco) “It’s inevitable that everything that’s good comes to an end,” sings One Direction on “Love You Goodbye,” a wistful song from the British band’s fifth studio album, “Made in the A.M.” The tune is about a romance’s demise, but the quartet — this is their first album … Continue reading

Rep: Jason Aldean dressed as Lil Wayne for Halloween
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Rep: Jason Aldean dressed as Lil Wayne for Halloween

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Jason Aldean dressed as rapper Lil Wayne as a Halloween costume, a representative confirmed after a photo surfaced of him wearing blackface makeup and a wig with dreadlocks. The picture, first posted by the website NashvilleGab.com, showed Aldean dressed in sunglasses, long dreadlocks and gold jewelry. Tyne Parrish, … Continue reading

Sorry not sorry: Justin Bieber’s new album is really good
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Sorry not sorry: Justin Bieber’s new album is really good

  Justin Bieber, “Purpose” (Def Jam) Justin Bieber’s new album is peppered with songs full of apologies and redemption. The troubled star claims he’s changed. And maybe he has. Or not. But one thing’s for sure — his music has gotten better. So much better. “Purpose,” Bieber’s first album since 2013’s R&B-influenced “Journals,” finds the … Continue reading

Review: Preston & Child return with ‘Crimson Shore
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Review: Preston & Child return with ‘Crimson Shore

  “Crimson Shore” (Grand Central Publishing), by Preston & Child FBI Special Agent Pendergast returns in a simple theft case that takes a turn and soon becomes more elaborate and terrifying in “Crimson Shore” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Pendergast doesn’t usually take private consultations, and he’s initially reluctant to investigate a missing wine … Continue reading

Parker grants peek into her personal life in ‘Dear Mr. You’
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Parker grants peek into her personal life in ‘Dear Mr. You’

“Dear Mr. You” (Scribner), by Mary-Louise Parker Mary-Louise Parker may be best known for her roles in “Weeds” and “Angels in America,” but she also has a pretty impressive byline. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, and “Dear Mr. You” is her first book. Parker takes readers on a biographical journey through a series … Continue reading

‘Hamilton’ cast album makes history singing about history
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‘Hamilton’ cast album makes history singing about history

  NEW YORK (AP) — The cast album from the Broadway smash “Hamilton” has done something few such recordings have done in quite some time. How long? Since Richard Burton was King Arthur onstage — the first time. Atlantic Records said last week that “Hamilton” has so far sold over 54,000 albums, had more than … Continue reading

Idris Elba to open for Madonna in Berlin
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Idris Elba to open for Madonna in Berlin

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Idris Elba is co-starring with Madonna on stage — not screen. The actor-musician will be the opening act during her “Rebel Heart” tour stop Tuesday at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany. The “Luther” and “The Wire” actor is also a DJ, rapper and producer who has performed at … Continue reading

Review: Truman Capote’s early stories worthwhile for fans
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Review: Truman Capote’s early stories worthwhile for fans

“The Early Stories of Truman Capote” (Random House), by Truman Capote “The Early Stories of Truman Capote” collects 14 short fiction pieces by the writer, including some that were published in his high school newspaper in Greenwich, Connecticut, when he was a teenager. Capote is best known for his novel “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which was … Continue reading

Prince invites fans to party with him at Paisley Park
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Prince invites fans to party with him at Paisley Park

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Prince seems to be shedding his reclusive reputation and becoming a party animal. In recent weeks the superstar has hosted late-night jam sessions where he serenaded Madonna, celebrated the Minnesota Lynx’s WNBA championship and showcased his latest protege, singer Judith Hill. Hundreds of fans descended on suburban Paisley Park Studios on … Continue reading

R&B’s The Weeknd enters plea in Vegas officer punching case
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R&B’s The Weeknd enters plea in Vegas officer punching case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Canadian R&B artist known as The Weeknd has pleaded no contest to punching a Las Vegas police officer in a hotel scuffle in January. Defense attorney Shane Emerick declined comment Monday October 26th about Abel Tesfaye’s plea Wednesday to a misdemeanor battery charge. Court records show a Las Vegas judge … Continue reading

Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri to star in new BET reality series
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Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri to star in new BET reality series

  NEW YORK (AP) — Rappers Snoop Dogg and Birdman, Grammy-winning producer Jermaine Dupri, and entrepreneur Damon Dash are among the stars of a still-untitled BET reality series, the network announced Friday October 9th. The show, which is set to start shooting in Los Angeles in November for release in late 2016, will go inside … Continue reading

President Barack Obama interviews author Marilynne Robinson
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President Barack Obama interviews author Marilynne Robinson

  NEW YORK (AP) — For this interview, President Barack Obama was the one asking the questions. In a discussion held last month in Iowa and posted Monday October 12th by The New York Review of Books, Obama asked Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson about faith, democracy, education and writing. Obama explained that he met … Continue reading

Music Review: Selena Gomez brings her A-game to ‘Revival’
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Music Review: Selena Gomez brings her A-game to ‘Revival’

  Selena Gomez, “Revival” (Interscope Records) Sophomore albums are notoriously tricky propositions, but Selena Gomez’s second solo venture, “Revival,” breezes through to the finish line — the dance floor —with 11 nearly impeccable tracks that skip from the 1960s to the ’80s to right this minute. On “Revival,” Gomez continues her foray into a heady … Continue reading

Nick Jonas, Rick Ross, Meek Mill added to Tidal concert
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Nick Jonas, Rick Ross, Meek Mill added to Tidal concert

  NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Jonas and rappers Rick Ross, Meek Mill and French Montana have been added to the Tidal X concert in October, concert organizers announced Friday October 9th. Previously announced artists include Tidal-owners Beyonce and Jay-Z, as well as Prince, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Lil Wayne, Damian Marley, Thomas Rhett. The concert, … Continue reading

Scarface honored, Diddy performs at taped BET Hip-Hop Awards
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Scarface honored, Diddy performs at taped BET Hip-Hop Awards

  ATLANTA (AP) — Scarface was a man of few words after accepting his “I Am Hip Hop” award, directing the attention away from himself and toward the many that have supported the veteran rapper. Rapper Ludacris introduced Scarface, calling him one of “hip-hop’s best storytellers” at the taped 10th annual BET Hip-Hop Awards on … Continue reading