Azalea & Smith lead iHeartRadio Music Award nominees

Azalea & Smith lead iHeartRadio Music Award nominees

NEW YORK (AP) — Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith led the finalists for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards with five nominations apiece, with Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande each receiving four nominations.
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Almanac: Thorstein Veblen on beauty and money

“By habitually identifying beauty with reputability, it comes about that a beautiful article which is not expensive is accounted not beautiful.” Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class
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Snapshot: Edward R. Murrow interviews Maria Callas

Snapshot: Edward R. Murrow interviews Maria Callas

Maria Callas is interviewed by Edward R. Murrow on Person to Person, originally telecast by CBS on January 24, 1958: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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Almanac: Maria Callas on her enemies

“I would not kill my enemies, but I will make them get down on their knees. I will, I can, I must.” Maria Callas (quoted in John Ardoin, Callas: The Art and the Life)
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WASP without a sting

WASP without a sting

The February issue of Commentary, which is now available on line, contains an essay by me on Bob Hope, occasioned by Richard Zoglin’s recently published biography of the comedian, who died in 2003 at the age of 100 and is now largely forgotten: Reading Hope: Entertainer of the Century, one comes away with the suspicion […]
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Katy Perry, Britney Spears Star in 'Music Mean Tweets' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Some people on Twitter are mean and others are down right on the money.Someone posted that “Drake looks like voldemort with hair.”
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Almanac: H.L. Mencken on misogyny

Almanac: H.L. Mencken on misogyny

“On one issue, at least, men and women agree: they both distrust women.” H.L. Mencken, A Little Book in C Major
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Lookback: stage vs. screen

From 2005: I recently saw a stage actress I know in an episode of a popular TV series. This was a new experience for me. I’ve watched any number of writer friends hold forth on talk shows, and I’ve even tuned into David Letterman to see a band whose members I know quite well. But […]
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Music Monday (2/2): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Music Monday (2/2): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Kanye West, Run the Jewels, Deerhoof, Zola Jesus, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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Iggy Azalea rise tests music industry on race, gender

Iggy Azalea has soared to stardom as a rare white woman in hip-hop, but her meteoric rise has triggered a backlash that reveals much about the music business's fault-lines on race and gender. Her most vociferous critic has been fellow rapper Azealia Banks, a black woman who has accused Azalea of mocking African Americans.
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Just because: the Sons of the Pioneers sing “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”

Just because: the Sons of the Pioneers sing “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”

A rare, undated film clip of the Sons of the Pioneers performing “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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MTV to Carry Tomorrowland Electronic Music Festival Worldwide

Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell and Carl Cox are among the EDM acts confirmed to play at the Belgium fest, held over two weekends in July.
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On the air with Pops

On the air with Pops

I wrote a “Sightings” column last November about Desert Island Discs, the long-running BBC radio series whose guests are invited to choose and talk about the records that they’d take with them were they to be marooned on an imaginary island. In the course of researching my column, I found out that the BBC didn’t […]
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'Uptown Funk' holds onto British music chart top spot

(This Feb 1 story corrects spelling of Rihanna in third paragraph) LONDON (Reuters) – “Uptown Funk” by English DJ and producer Mark Ronson secured a seventh week at the top of the British singles chart on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said. The single, which features Hawaii-born singer Bruno Mars, outsold Irish artist Hozier's song about love and religion “Take me to Church”, which came in second place, and “L.A. Love” by Fergie in third. The top five was completed by “Lips are Movin” by Meghan Trainor in fourth and new entry “Four Five Seconds” by Barbadian star Rihanna, which also features Kanye West and Paul McCartney.
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(Not) just the facts, ma’am

(Not) just the facts, ma’am

I haven’t seen Ava DuVernay’s Selma and so have no opinion of it, but I’ve been taking a personal interest in the ongoing debate over its alleged deviations from the historical record, and whether such deviations are a legitimate object of critical concern. Mark Harris, the author of Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood […]
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Almanac: Nero Wolfe on misogyny

“A woman who is not a fool is dangerous.” Rex Stout, The Silent Speaker
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Kanye West Goes Into Full Dad Mode, Smiles in New Music Video with North West

Kanye West Goes Into Full Dad Mode, Smiles in New Music Video with North West

There are a lot of things off-putting about the new footage from Kanye West's “Only One” video. The first and foremost being the fact that the Spike Jonze-directed clip begins with rare footage of the rapper smiling. It's like staring at an eclipse: You know this is something you shouldn't be seeing, … Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Kanye West
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'Flight of the Conchords': Revisiting Their Best Music Videos

The guys are plotting a U.S. tour for later this year.
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Make it new (or don’t bother)

Make it new (or don’t bother)

In today’s Wall Street Journal I look at the parallel phenomena of the “commodity musical” and film versions of classic novels. Is it possible to adapt familiar source material in a faithful way that is also fresh? Here’s an excerpt. * * * Broadway’s latest arrival is “Honeymoon in Vegas,” a new musical that is, […]
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Rap music mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion “Suge” Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.
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