Zambia deports racey South African dancer Zodwa Wabantu
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia on Saturday deported a controversial female South African dancer, Zodwa Wabantu, who is popularly known for performing without underwear, on the grounds that her performance would "undermine national values".
Album Review: David Byrne's 'American Utopia'
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The rose is pruned to a perfect shape / Perfect for whom? I wonder."
Eminem, Kehlani, N.E.R.D, G-Eazy Added to iHeartRadio Awards Lineup
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - iHeartMedia announced today that Eminem featuring Kehlani, plus N.E.R.D and G-Eazy will join previously announced performers Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello and Charlie Puth at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Hosted by Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled, the show airs live on Sunday, March 11 on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from the Forum in Los Angeles; they will also air simultaneously on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide.
The force turns out for Mark Hamill's Hollywood Walk of Fame star
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Flanked by two Storm Troopers, "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday with the enthusiasm and humility that has endeared him to fans four decades after his first turn as Luke Skywalker.
Japanese maestro Ozawa in hospital with cardiac issues
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Seiji Ozawa, one of the best known conductors of his generation, is in hospital for treatment of a heart condition and will remain there for about a month, his office said on Thursday.
'American Idol': Four Major Questions Facing the ABC Revival
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - It has been 10 months since ABC, just days before its upfront presentation in New York, closed a deal to bring "American Idol" back to television. The network won a bidding war with Fox to land the not-so-long-dormant franchise's revival, then shelled out heavily to secure judge Katy Perry ($25 million per season) and host Ryan Seacrest ($12 million). Reviving "Idol" became the most intrigue-generating gambit of the 2017-18 broadcast season. How it pays out is about to be seen. The new "American Idol" premieres March 11.
Pioneering UK music paper NME to close print edition
LONDON (Reuters) - NME, the pop music newspaper that created the first British singles chart in 1952, will be printed for the final time this week as it shifts focus to its digital audience, publisher Time Inc said on Wednesday.
U.S. turns to music in bid to woo Cambodians
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - With U.S.-Cambodian relations at a low and Chinese influence growing, Washington is trying a new way to win hearts and minds: sponsoring a well-known Cambodian musician to sing positive songs about America.
TV Review: 'American Idol' on ABC
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Are we caught in a time loop? is a question you might ask yourself, upon turning on ABC's "American Idol" for the debut of the show's 16th season. In 2016, Fox gave the show a grand goodbye tour; a year later, ABC made a multi-million dollar deal for the franchise. It's hard to term something a revival when it was gone for barely a year, but anyway, here we are. "American Idol" is back, and whether you like it or not, it's ready to present to you the fresh-faced young American singers who want a chance to make it in Hollywood.
Milosevic - the musical - plays in Kosovo
GRACANICA, Kosovo (Reuters) - Twelve years after he died during his trial for war crimes, Slobodan Milosevic, the one-time Serbian strongman, divided his audience again, this time as a character in a musical that made its debut on Tuesday.
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