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  • EP Review: Missy Elliott's 'Iconology'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - To drop all pretense of critical objectivity for a moment, it's probably safe to assume that a fair number of fellow Missy Elliott fans will also have goofy grins on their faces when they first hear the trademark sass and bounce of "Throw It Back," the opening track on her excellent but tantalizingly brief new EP "Iconology."

  • Album Review: Taylor Swift's 'Lover'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sitting in a hot tub on "Saturday Night Live," Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch stole the sobriquet "love-ah" from the lexicon of acceptable terms of endearment -- and, by golly, Taylor Swift is reaching into that oily water and stealing it back. The word doesn't sound unctuous on her lips as she repeats it in the gentle, waltz-time title track of "Lover," her seventh album.

  • Rockin 'n' rollin on Mars: Rolling Stones have space rock named after them

    (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career. But now their influence has gone into space after NASA's Mars InSight Mission named a rock on the planet after the band.

  • Rockin 'n' rollin on Mars: Rolling Stones have space rock named after them

    Aug 23 (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career. But now their influence has gone into space after NASA's Mars InSight Mission named a rock on the planet after the band.

  • Five people killed in stampede at Algiers rap concert

    ALGIERS (Reuters) - At least five people were killed in a stampede at a packed rap concert in the Algerian capital on Thursday night, a hospital source said.

  • Five people killed in stampede at Algiers rap concert

    ALGIERS, Aug 23 (Reuters) - At least five people were killed in a stampede at a packed rap concert in the Algerian capital on Thursday night, a hospital source said.

  • Twerking hillbilly? Yes. Cheater and liar? No, says Miley Cyrus

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Miley Cyrus on Thursday said she was no angel, but angrily denied rumors she had cheated on her estranged husband, actor Liam Hemsworth.

  • Taylor Swift Performs on 'GMA,' Talks Re-Recording Big Machine Songs

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Taylor Swift performed on ABC's "Good Morning America" as part of the run-up to the release of her new album "Lover." The singer played three songs, but she also provided more details about her plan to re-record songs from her past albums.

  • Michael Jackson's ex-publicist touts foundation to 'protect' legacy

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former publicist for Michael Jackson on Thursday announced plans for a charitable foundation not affiliated with the late pop singer's family or estate, intended to defend and promote the legacy of the controversial entertainer.

  • From checkpoint to counterpoint: on tour with the Palestine Youth Orchestra

    JERUSALEM, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Most international musicians would balk at the notion of a two-day journey to final rehearsals past military checkpoints on alert for weapons smugglers - but for 19-year-old viola player Ibrahim Masri it's an occupational hazard.

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