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Source: Common Domain

Giving thanks for the music that (almost) redeemed 2017

Friday 02:26 GMT

Yet as tough as this year has been for so many, it can’t be described as a total loss, and that’s thanks in part to some happy developments in the music world.

Yet the effect may be short-lived: Billboard says that in 2018 it plans to change the way it compiles the Hot 100, giving more weight to paid streams (on Apple Music, for instance) than to the free, ad-supported streams (on services such as YouTube) favored by many young people.

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Source: New York Times

Showgirls, a Monster and a Drag Queen: Singing Songs of Self

Friday 00:35 GMT

Jamie has always known that he was destined to be a drag queen, a goal in which he has been encouraged by his self-sacrificing, blue-collar mother, Margaret (Josie Walker, who inevitably sings a number of bottomless love called “He’s My Boy”).

I mean the Monster in “Young Frankenstein,” Mel Brooks’s musical adaptation of his 1974 cinematic spoof of vintage horror flicks. A bloated, lumbering production that seemed hamstrung by excess when it opened in New York 10 years ago, it has been reincarnated at the Garrick Theater in a slimmer, more light-footed form.

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Source: The Guradian

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies aged 55

Thursday 08:05 GMT

The news was announced on his Facebook page:. “On behalf of the Hvorostovsky family, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dmitri Hvorostovsky – beloved operatic baritone, husband, father, son, and friend – at age 55.

“Genuine stars are rare in the classical music world; Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky ranks among them,” wrote the Guardian’s Tim Ashley in 2003. The singer was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June 2015 and retired from the opera stage at the end of 2016.

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Source: New York Times

With a Singing SpongeBob, Nickelodeon Aims for a Broadway Splash

Thursday 16:21 GMT

After Chicago, Nickelodeon insisted on one change, even over Ms. Landau’s initial objections: “The SpongeBob Musical” was retitled “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical,” to more closely adhere to the television branding.

”. If nautical nonsense be something you wish, Nickelodeon’s first foray on Broadway hopes to land with a big splash: an extravagant production, based on its most prized possession, with music by stars like John Legend and Cyndi Lauper, that pulls out every bell, whistle and pool noodle.

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Source: Common Domain

Björk's 'Utopia' is a forbidding album about self-care

Thursday 23:40 GMT

On her new album by that optimistic title, the adventurous Icelandic singer envisions a realm of romantic promise and civic cooperation — an untainted land with “bird species never seen or heard before” and with “the first flute carved from the first fauna,” as she vividly describes it in the album’s airy title track. But “Utopia,” due Friday, comes only after the torment and desperation Björk outlined on her last record, 2015’s “Vulnicura,” which examined in brutal detail the end of her lengthy relationship with artist Matthew Barney.

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Source: Global News

With David Cassidy gone, let’s look back at the teen idol era

Thursday 18:11 GMT

Through 96 first-run episodes, which then ran forever in syndication, Cassidy — who was an actor but not a singer when he was cast in the role — was turned into one of those early ’70s teen idols that generated lots of money from screaming adolescent girls.

Originally seen as a rival to David Cassidy (my sister was a fan, and insisted my mom buy her boxes of Sugar Puffs that featured a Bobby Sherman record baked into the packaging that you were supposed to cut out and play), he retired from music in the middle of the ’70s.

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Source: Common Domain

Nick Carter, accused of rape by Dream singer Melissa Schuman, is 'shocked and saddened'

Thursday 18:11 GMT

Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys has been accused of rape by Melissa Schuman, a former member of the girl group Dream, who says the singer had oral sex and intercourse with her against her will at his apartment when he was 22 and she was 18. . Carter, now 37, said in a statement Wednesday that he was “shocked and saddened” by Schuman’s allegation, which he said he was hearing for the first time.

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Source: Common Domain

Pixar's 'Coco' sings a high-spirited but sometimes faltering tune

Wednesday 20:03 GMT

Daniela Vega is a woman on the verge in the captivating transgender drama 'A Fantastic Woman'. Two Southern families bound by war and prejudice in Dee Rees' magnificent ensemble drama 'Mudbound'

That is the question at the heart of “Coco,” a whimsical and high-spirited romp through the underworld from Pixar Animation Studios. The story’s 12-year-old protagonist, Miguel Rivera, is an aspiring guitarist with a song in his heart and stardom on his mind.

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Source: Common Domain

Pressing issues and peachy scenes: Gary Oldman, Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and others talk inside Hollywood

Wednesday 20:58 GMT

Beyond that difficult subject, Times film writers Amy Kaufman and Mark Olsen led Gary Oldman (Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”), Hugh Jackman (“Logan,” “The Greatest Showman”), James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”) Jake Gyllenhaal (as Boston marathon bomb victim Jeff Bauman in “Stronger”), Jeremy Renner (“Wind River”) and relative newcomer Timothée Chalamet (at the center of the tender coming-of-age story “Call Me by Your Name”) through discussions of the best working environment on set, obligations to the real people an actor portrays, giving the wacky an emotional depth and, yes, Chalamet’s peach scene.

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Source: BBC

Seventies pop idol David Cassidy dies

Thursday 09:02 GMT

US actor and singer David Cassidy, who found fame in The Partridge Family before going on to become a 1970s teen pop idol, has died aged 67.

Those sentiments were shared by Allison Pearson, who wrote a book about Cassidy's life called I Think I Love You and called herself a Cassidy superfan. "He was so important to the music industry, the love that people have for him - he was like Donny Osman but better," Sayer said.


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