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Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year

U.S. singer-sonwriter Justin Timberlake performs at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de JaneiroBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations

Kelly Clarkson and Will.i.am speak during announcement of 2013 American Music Awards nominations press conference in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...


Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award

Swift poses at the premiere of "Romeo and Juliet" in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...


Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back

File photo of Graham Parker arriving at the premiere of the movie "This is 40" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in HollywoodBy Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...


Pogues' guitarist Phil Chevron dies at 56 from cancer
LONDON (Reuters) - Guitarist Phil Chevron of the Anglo-Irish folk-punk band the Pogues died on Tuesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer, the band said. Chevron joined the Pogues in 1984 and became a core member as the group made its name internationally in the 1980s and early 1990s with albums including "Rum, Sodomy and The Lash" and "If I Should Fall From Grace With God". Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan, wrote the band's popular ballad "Thousands Are Sailing". "He was unique. We'll miss him terribly. ...
OneRepublic victorious in closest UK chart battle of 2013

Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic, performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball concert in Los AngelesLONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...


Miley Cyrus mocks "motherly" advice from Sinead O'Connor

Singer Cyrus arrives at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New YorkLONDON (Reuters) - American pop star Miley Cyrus has snubbed some prim motherly advice about her new bad girl image from Irish singer and sometime rebel Sinead O'Connor. The "We Can't Stop" singer - who has ditched her squeaky clean Hannah Montana Disney image for a solo singing career as a tattooed sex siren - rebuffed an open letter from O'Connor calling on Cyrus to tone down her sexualized persona. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL (U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live) this week," Cyrus tweeted. ...


Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death

Attorneys for Katherine Jackson, Deborah Chang and Kevin Boyle listen as jurors are polled following the verdict in Jackson's civil lawsuit against AEG Live at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...


Carnegie Hall concert goes on, after strike canceled performance
By Luke Swiderski NEW YORK (Reuters) - A performance by the American Symphony Orchestra proceeded as planned at New York's Carnegie Hall on Thursday, a day after the famed concert hall canceled a separate performance for the first time in its 122-year history because of a labor dispute. A strike by stagehands forced the cancellation, but the union temporarily suspended its strike on Thursday, allowing the concert hall to open its doors for now. A union leader told Reuters he was optimistic the two sides could reach a permanent deal by Friday. ...
Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance

Portrait of Michael Jackson is displayed on a slot machine at Gaming Expo Asia in MacauBy Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help stage a concert, insurance underwriters play a large role in making sure a star can get onstage and grab the microphone. Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get canceled. ...


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Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

FILE - This is a Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 file photo of British actress Kristin Scott Thomas as she arrives on the red carpet for the British Premiere of "The Invisible Woman" at a cinema in west London. Producers announced Friday Oct. 31, 2014 that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” (AP Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision, File)LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara.


Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

Honorees Robert Downey Jr., from left, Emma Watson and Judi Dench appear on stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.


Son to Usher: Dad, you're not a great singer

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, Usher performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York. Usher launches his UR Experience World Tour in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 1. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — One of Usher's sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: "You're not a great singer."


Melissa Fumero goes from daytime to prime time

In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, actress Melissa Fumero poses in New York to promote her Fox comedy series "Brooklyn Nine Nine." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Fumero, who plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," can remember the first time she had to ad-lib with co-star Andy Samberg.


Review: 'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout

This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, in a scene from the film, '"Interstellar," from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)Since his breakthrough with the backward-running "Memento," Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In "Interstellar," he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It's an absurd endeavor. And it's one of the most sublime movies of the decade.


Q&A: 'Interstellar' filmmaker Nolan on his robots

FILE--In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, actor Matthew McConaughey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "Interstellar," in central London. In the sci-fi extravaganza out Nov. 5, 2014, a particularly acerbic robot named TARS (portrayed by Bill Irwin) accompanies a team of astronauts led by McConaughey's pilot Cooper to find humankind a new home after an ecological disaster wrecks earth. "If anything, he's the one Cooper gets along with the most out of anyone up there," said McConaughey. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his secrecy-shrouded sci-fi extravaganza "Interstellar," filmmaker Christopher Nolan isn't just taking audiences to outer space. He's also sending a couple of robots along for the ride — and they're just not on board to sweep the floors.


Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

FILE - This is a Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 file photo of British actress Kristin Scott Thomas as she arrives on the red carpet for the British Premiere of "The Invisible Woman" at a cinema in west London. Producers announced Friday Oct. 31, 2014 that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” (AP Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision, File)LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara.


Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers at the Southbank Centre in London. J.K. Rowling the creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700 word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)LONDON (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick.


AP PHOTOS: Haunted houses horrify on Halloween

In this Oct. 27, 2014, photo, people react to a mock execution in the Gates of Hell haunted house in Las Vegas. The haunted house is billed as an "R-rated haunted attraction" and according to JT Mollner, a managing partner of Freakling Bros that runs the attraction, about one in five groups are so terrified they exit the house early. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — JT Mollner likes to compare haunted house visitors to bungee jumpers and skydivers — they want to be safe, but they also want an adrenaline rush.


Crowds, cuteness overwhelm first Hello Kitty Con

Hello Kitty fans pose for photos in a giant tea cup at the Hello Kitty Con, the first-ever Hello Kitty fan convention, held at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. The convention was held to honor the character's 40th birthday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention.


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