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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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'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 million

'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 millionAccording to studio estimates Sunday, Lionsgate's "Mockingjay" opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire." But the decision to split the final ...


AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.
Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

Comedian Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Performances by Cosby in Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington state have been canceled as more women come forward accusing the entertainer of sexually assaulting them years ago. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it.


'Blind Massage' big Golden Horse winner in Taiwan

Best Feature Film director Lou Ye, third from right, Best New Performer Zhang Lei, second from right and fellow production staff hold six awards for the film “Blind Massage” at the 51st Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The Golden Horse awards are one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese-French film about blind masseurs and Chinese actor and director Chen Jianbin scooped the most accolades at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse movie awards, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars.


Monaco to celebrate birth of its royal twins
PARIS (AP) — Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco are expecting twins next month, and the first one born will be the prince's royal heir.
Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations
Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it.
Woman on "My Five Wives" accuses father of abuse
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman featured in a reality TV show about a polygamous family is going public about sex abuse she claims she suffered as a child in hopes of changing a culture of secrecy plaguing plural families in Utah.
Hitler watercolor sold for $162,000 at auction

Esta foto del 19 de noviembre de 2014 muestra el cuadro titulado "El viejo ayuntamiento", que según la casa subastadora fue pintado por Adolf Hitler en Nuremberg, Alemania. Se vendió por 130.000 euros euros a un comprador de Oriente Medio. (AP Foto/Michael Probst)BERLIN (AP) — A watercolor of Munich's old city hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for 130,000 euros ($162,000) at an auction in Germany on Saturday.


As Cosby allegations spiral, fallout mounts
Since renewed allegations of sexual assault erupted in late October, Bill Cosby has seen a career resurgence begin to crumble. Here's what's happened since Oct. 31:
Bill Cosby controversy: A decade in the making

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 file photo, model and television personality Janice Dickinson arrives at the Make Equality Reality Gala at the Montage Beverly Hills, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Dickinson, in a June 6, 2006 radio interview with Howard Stern, describes Bill Cosby as a "bad guy" and says he "preys on women." Dickinson later tells "Entertainment Tonight" on Nov. 18, 2014 that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982. She says Cosby gave her red wine and a pill in a Lake Tahoe, Calif., hotel room. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)The sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005 when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home. Here's how the controversy over the allegations, some dating to the 1960s, has unfolded since then:


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