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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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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Garcia Marquez-inspired opera comes to Washington

Christine Goerke, in the part of Florencia, sings during a performance of "Florencia in the Amazon," presented by the Washington National Opera in Washington, DC on September 17, 2014Washington (AFP) - Washington's stately Kennedy Center is staging its first opera in Spanish -- a dreamy tale of a jungle boat journey and lost love, all inspired by the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


Polly Bergen, versatile actress, singer dies at 84

FILE - In this July 18, 1963, file photo, actress Polly Bergen works on a scene during the filming of “Move Over, Darling,” in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Bergen, an Emmy-winning actress and singer, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, Conn., publicist Judy Katz said. She was 84. (AP Photo/Don Brinn, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.


U2 guitarist's plan for Malibu development gets OK
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The California Coastal Commission staff has agreed to allow U2's guitarist to build a scaled-down compound in the mountains above Malibu.
Craig Ferguson plays it loose with new game show

This undated photo provided by FremantleMedia North America & Debmar-Mercury shows host Craig Ferguson on "Celebrity Name Game." The game show, produced by Courtney Cox and David Arquette, debuts Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in syndication. (AP Photo/FremantleMedia North America & Debmar-Mercury, Michael Becker)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Craig Ferguson approached his first TV game show host's job with a subversive attitude. Then came the simple matter of his wardrobe for "Celebrity Name Game."


Japan's controversial Miike to get Rome film award

Takashi Miike (left) arrives with Japanese actors Nanako Matsushima (C) and Takao Osawa on May 20, 2013 for the screening of the film "Wara No Tate" (Shield of Straw) at the Cannes Film FestivalJapanese director Takashi Miike, whose violent and often controversial films boast a huge cult following, will be awarded the 2014 Maverick Director Award at the Rome film festival, organisers said Saturday.


Ruby Dee to be memorialized Saturday in NYC

FILE - This Oct. 25, 2010 file photo shows actress Ruby Dee attends a special screening of "For Colored Girls" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. A public memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will be held Sept. 20 at the Riverside Church in New York. Dee died June 11 at 91. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ruby Dee will be remembered in poetry and song this weekend as the actress and civil rights activist is memorialized by admirers including Alicia Keys, Audra McDonald, Harry Belafonte and Angela Bassett.


Lady Gaga: 'It's a very happy time in my life'

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Lady Gaga arrives to attend the Atelier Versace Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris. Gaga says part of her happy state of mind comes from working with Tony Bennett on the album “Cheek to Cheek,” out on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. The 28-year-old is currently on an international tour that wraps Nov. 24 in Paris. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer, file)NEW YORK (AP) — After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up.


'Nearly empty' Picasso museum open in Paris

ADDS RESTRICTION - This Sept. 19, 2014 photo shows an empty room during the press day at the Picasso museum in Paris. Paris’ Picasso museum is finally allowing the public a glimpse into its shuttered rooms after 5 years of closure over a restoration fraught with setbacks, dismissals and back-stabbings worthy of a Dan Brown thriller. Thought it should be good news for art-lovers since the museum boasts the world’s largest Picasso collection one problem remains. It’s empty. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS (AP) — Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after five years of closure over a renovation fraught with setbacks, accusations and sackings. But if the public expects art they'll be disappointed: it's practically empty.


Actress detained by police refuses to apologize

Actress Daniele Watts and Brian Lucas speak during an interview with KABC-TV in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday that officers detained Watts and her companion last week after a complaint that two people were "involved in indecent exposure" in a silver Mercedes. Watts was detained until police determined no crime was committed. (AP Photo/KABC-TV)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actress who was detained by Los Angeles police is refusing to apologize for claiming race played a role in the incident, despite calls from local civil rights leaders.


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