Taylor Swift endorses Democratic candidates, helps boost voter registrations
2018-10-09 18:09:58 UTC
(Reuters) - Pop music luminary Taylor Swift’s decision to wade into electoral politics for the first time on Sunday has driven a spike in online voter registration, particularly among young people, according to the website Vote.org.
The nonprofit site, which helps people register online, reported 240,000 new registrations since Swift posted a message on Instagram endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee and urging people to register.
By comparison, the site recorded 57,000 new registrations in all of August and 190,000 last month. About 102,000 of the registrations since Sunday were among voters between 18 a...
Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dies Suddenly at 46
2018-01-15 21:36:39 UTC
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dolores O‘Riordan, the lead singer of rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a trip to London for a recording session, her publicist said.
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Marlene Dietrich would have been 116 on Wednesday
2017-12-27 09:06:37 UTC
Described as "a wild original", and hailed as the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema, Maria Magdalene Dietrich would have been 116 on Wednesday.
In her honor, Google is changing its logo in 24 countries to a doodle.
During World War II, Dietrich was a high-profile entertainer in the US and was also noted for housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and advocating for their US citizenship.
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Marlene Dietrich was honor...
Harry Belafonte: Hitler is not too far from our door
2017-10-23 20:39:44 UTC
Legendary civil rights activist, singer, and actor Harry Belafonte took the stage over the weekend at what he said would be his last public appearance and issued a stark warning about what he thinks may be in store for America.
Ninety-year-old Belafonte, who recently said he thinks "the nation is at the crossroads of probably our most challenging moment in history," was speaking on "Civil Rights and Black Leadership" at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh.
<h2>Electing Donald Trump was a mistake</h2> Electing Donald Trump was a mistake, Belafonte said, "and I think the next mistake might very well be the gas chamber and what happen...
Political comedy "Veep", "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Saturday Night Live" won the top prizes at the Emmy Awards 2017
2017-09-18 04:43:21 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “The Handmaid’s Tale” and political comedy “Veep” won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on Sunday, where “Saturday Night Live” was also a big winner on a night dominated by jokes about U.S. President Donald Trump.
In the first major awards wins for streaming service Hulu, “Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss was also named best drama actress for playing a woman forced into sexual servitude. The show also won awards for writing, directing and for supporting actress Ann Dowd.
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French-Armenian Singer Charles Aznavour Gets Hollywood Star
2017-08-25 03:58:51 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - French singer Charles Aznavour finally got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, capping a more than 70-year career as one of his country’s most popular entertainers.
Aznavour, 93, who was born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian parents, has sold more than 100 million records in 80 countries. He has been described as France’s equivalent to Frank Sinatra.
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The singer on Thursday described ...
Aretha Franklin announced to return to her hometown of Detroit
2017-08-19 21:21:55 UTC
Aretha Franklin, who has reigned as the Queen of Soul for some 50 years, has announced plans to return to her hometown of Detroit and open a nightclub.
The chart-toping Motown legend will not have to travel far: she currently lives in a suburb near the Motor City that gave birth to her musical career in the 1960s.
The 75-year-old told the Detroit Free Press newspaper she wanted to open a nightclub in downtown Detroit during her retirement where she would occasionally perform.
"From time to time I would sing," said the voice behind such iconic hits as the feminist-tinged "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
Miley Cyrus Dedicates Her Performance To Manchester Bombing Victims
2017-05-24 17:41:16 UTC
Miley Cyrus returned to “The Voice” on Tuesday, singing “Malibu” on the season 12 finale. She dedicated the performance to Ariana Grande and the victims of the Manchester bombing.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Cyrus joined “The Voice” as a coach in season 11, which aired last fall.
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Despite some promising contestants, none of her team members made i...
Portugal's Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest
2017-05-14 03:33:41 UTC
KIEV — Portugal's Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on Saturday performing a jazz-style ballad written by his sister, taking the top spot for the first time in the country's history and celebrating with a call to "put emotion back into music".
Along with singers from Italy and Bulgaria, Sobral was a favorite going into the final of the annual song fest, which was hosted in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, and he led the voting throughout the evening. Portugal finished ahead of Bulgaria and Moldova.
A soft-spoken, 27 year-old with a scraggly beard, Sobral won with "Amar Pelos Dois" ("Love For Both of Us"), sung in his na...
Keith Urban, Academy of Country Music Awards, Carrie Underwood - Highlights and Winners
2017-04-03 03:49:10 UTC
Keith Urban, Academy of Country Music Awards, Carrie Underwood - Highlights and winners - Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban and more couples rock ...
Country music's king and queen, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, sat front and center at the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, and for good reason: Not only is the superstar couple the most beloved pair to come out of Nashville, but they very much looked the part (as always) at the ceremony.
They weren't the only couple to command attention at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, though. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, who conveniently sat next to McGr...
Bob Dylan touched on his admiration for Amy Winehouse
2017-03-24 05:39:53 UTC
Bob Dylan touched on his admiration for Amy Winehouse.
In a wide-ranging interview with the music writer Bill Flanagan, Bob Dylan touched on his admiration for the late Amy Winehouse, calling her "The last real individualist around"; his and George Harrison's abortive bid years ago to record with Elvis Presley, ("He (Elvis) did show up; it was us that didn't"); and the power of early rock and roll music, ("Rock and roll was a dangerous weapon, chrome plated, it exploded like the speed of light, it reflected the times, and especially the presence of the atomic bomb, which had preceded it by several years.")
Dylan's new album "Tripli...
CHUCK BERRY DIES
2017-03-19 08:46:55 UTC
By Bill Trott
CHUCK BERRY DIES — Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock 'n' roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and as the creator of raucous anthems that defined the genre's early sound and heartbeat, died on Saturday, March 19, 2017 at his Missouri home.
Police in St. Charles County, outside St. Louis, said they were called to Berry's home by a caretaker who reported he had fallen ill, and emergency responders found the performer unconscious. Emergency medical technicians tried to revive him with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to no avail, and Berry was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. local ...
Singer Jennifer Holliday pulls out of Trump inauguration event
2017-01-18 04:06:30 UTC
By Dan Whitcomb | LOS ANGELES
Broadway star Jennifer Holliday said on Saturday she was pulling out of a concert celebrating the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, citing an online article that cast the performance as a "betrayal" of her gay and lesbian fans.
The Tony Award-winning singer, best known for her roles in the Broadway musicals "Dreamgirls" and "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God," announced the cancellation in a letter first published by The Wrap, an entertainment industry news website.
"I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgment, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucia...
George Michael dead at 53
2016-12-26 06:36:43 UTC
London (Reuters) - British pop singer George Michael, who shot to fame in the 1980s with Wham! and continued as a solo artist, died on Sunday at his home in England. He was 53.
In the mid-1980s, Wham! was one of the most successful pop duos ever, ahead even of Simon & Garfunkel, with singles like ?"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", "Careless Whisper", "Last Christmas" and "The Edge of Heaven".
"It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period," his publicist said in a statement.
"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this ...
Chicago Police locate singer Sinead O'Connor safe — Erlear: Chicago-area police looking for Sinéad O'Connor, missing since Sunday
2016-05-16 19:30:33 UTC
UPDATE: Police confirmed Monday afternoon that Sinead O’Connor has been safely located and is no longer considered missing.
ORIGINAL STORY: Police in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette said on Monday they are "seeking to check the well-being" of Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who they said has been missing since early Sunday.
Police declined to confirm that they were looking for O'Connor or searching for her whereabouts.
O'Connor, 49, reportedly left the Wilmette area for a bicycle ride at 6 a.m. local time on Sunday and has not returned, the police said in a statement. A caller expressed concern for her well-being. Police ...
The life and times of Animals legend Eric Burdon
2016-05-12 08:35:56 UTC
The singer of "House of the Rising Sun" and founder of the band The Animals is considered one of the greatest white blues performer ever. Following his 75th birthday, Eric Burdon will once again go on tour.
Back in 1964, The Animals were storming the charts in Britain, the US, Canada and Australia with their blues hit "House Of the Rising Sun." Their version of an old American folk song tells the story of a young man who wastes all his dough in a brothel, called "house of the rising sun."
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Rolling Stones asks Trump to stop using their songs at events
2016-05-05 05:17:17 UTC
As Donald Trump sealed up the Republican nomination with a victory speech at the Trump Tower Tuesday night, the music as he exited the stage sent a message about his general election campaign: “Start Me Up.”
The Rolling Stones, who wrote the song, would prefer that he stop.
“The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” a spokesperson for the legendary British band told TIME Wednesday.
Trump has been known to play at least two other songs by the Rolling Stones at his rallies: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Sympathy for the De...
The mystery surrounding Prince's death - No signs of trauma or suicide in his death
2016-04-23 08:02:12 UTC
Police found no signs of suicide or obvious trauma in the death of U.S. music superstar Prince, but it could take weeks before autopsy results reveal how the groundbreaking performer died, authorities said on Friday.
The intensely private musician, whose hits included "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead in an elevator at his home in suburban Minneapolis on Thursday at the age of 57, shocking millions of fans around the world and prompting glowing tributes by fellow musicians.
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, whose office is investigating the circumstances of his death, said Prince was last seen alive by an acquaintance...
‘The world lost a creative icon’: Prince dies at 57
2016-04-23 08:07:12 UTC
Prince, the innovative pop superstar whose songwriting and eccentric stage presence electrified fans around the world with hits including "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry," died on Thursday in Minnesota. He was 57.
His influential, genre-defying music blended jazz, funk, R&B, disco and rock, winning seven Grammy Awards and an Oscar.
Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound, which included his home, in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, according to the Carver County Sheriff's Office.
In a transcript of a 911 call made from the complex and released by the sheriff's office, an unidentifie...
Beyonce's song "Formation" faces backlash from police - #BlackLivesMatter
2016-02-23 07:10:26 UTC
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After Beyonce's controversial performance at the Super Bowl and her #BlackLivesMatter song "Formation," several police unions are now demanding their members to #BoycottBeyonce and not to work at her upcoming concerts.
Several police unions across the United States are calling for police officers to refuse working paid off-duty security for Beyonce's upcoming concerts in the US as they feel her new song "Formation" has an anti-law enforcement message and is causing "anti-cop" sentiments.
The New York State Fraternal Order of Police had already called for a boycott of Beyonc...
Prince protege Vanity dies at 57
2016-02-16 07:05:58 UTC
Denise Matthews, who as Vanity fronted the group Vanity 6 but was best known for her collaboration with Prince, has died at a hospital in Fremont, California.
Her death was confirmed by Gisela Hernandez, spokeswoman for Washington Hospital Health Care System. Hernandez did not say when Matthews died or under what circumstances.
She was 57 years old, according to her biography on the Internet Movie Database.
Matthews was born in Canada and began her career as a model. She took on film roles, playing mostly sultry characters beginning in 1980, including in the movies "52 Pick-Up" and "Action Jackson."
And in 1982 she headlined th...
Adele doesn't give Trump permission to use her music
2016-02-04 00:05:35 UTC
<h3>Pop star Adele has issued a statement to distance herself from Donald Trump, after he used her music at his rallies.</h3>
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British singer Adele made clear on Monday that she has not given permission for anyone to use her music for political campaigns.
Adele's spokesman issued a statement after Republican U.S. presidential contender Donald Trump played Adele's 2011 hit song "Rolling in the Deep" at rallies in Iowa, and Mike Huckabee released a YouTube parody last week of her 2015 single "Hello."
"Adele has not given permission for her mus...
German rapper who joined ISIS killed in U.S. strike
2015-10-30 20:08:14 UTC
A prominent German ISIS propagandist was killed by a U.S. strike while he was traveling in a vehicle in Syria earlier this month, a U.S. official told CNN.
The ISIS recruit Denis Cuspert, also known as Abu Talha al-Almani, had once gone by the name "Deso Dogg" in the Berlin rap scene.
He traveled to fight Jihad in Syria after converting to Islam and becoming involved with Millatu Ibrahim, a pro-Jihadi group in Germany founded by Mohamed Mahmoud, an Austrian jihadi who has also taken on a prominent propaganda role for ISIS in Syria.
A message posted on the Facebook page of a Raqqa resident on October 17 claimed Cuspert was killed i...
Sinead O'Connor No Longer ''Emotionally Identifies'' With Her Biggest Hit
2015-03-18 03:51:33 UTC
Sinead O'Connor has apparently stopped caring that much about U since she recorded what became her signature hit.
The oft-tempestuous singer announced over the weekend that she is going to stop singing "Nothing Compares 2 U" live, giving her fans a heads-up via Facebook so that no one would get too disappointed if they attended a concert and didn't hear the classic breakup ballad.
And, not surprisingly, it sounds as though O'Connor did plenty of soul-searching before arriving at this decision.
<i><blockquote>"OK, the time has come for me to cease singing Nothing Compares 2U," the Irish artist wrote on Saturday.
"The first principle o...
Kendrick Lamar announces new album [Untitled], due March 23
2015-03-09 17:42:38 UTC
1. The link takes me to iTunes, but I don’t have iTunes on my computer.
2. I go on an Macbook, find the tweet again, click the link, and it says that it’s not available in the US.
3. I make a joke to my friend about it on gchat. He replies with a subordinate clause.
4. I reload the link from the tweet and it suddenly works, without opening iTunes this time. Here’s what I find:
- Kendrick Lamar has a new album coming out on March 23.
- It’s called [Untitled].
- It’s coming out on Aftermath/Interscope Records.
- It features 16 tracks, all of them currently untitled except for “The Blacker the Berry.”
- It will cost you $14.99...