Pop Music

REPORT: Russian Hackers Are Posting Comments On Britney Spears’ Instagram Account To Share Strategy

Vox reports: In order to hack foreign governments, military officials, and embassies, Russian hackers are now using Britney Spears in their operations by posting cryptic comments on her Instagram photos. Hackers at Turla, a group believed to be linked to Moscow, are using Instagram comments on Britney Spears’s photos to control their hacking operation, said researchers at Slovakian security firm ...

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Coming In 2018: Cher, The Broadway Musical

Billboard reports: The musical version of Cher’s life is coming to Broadway in 2018, the singer herself announced Tuesday. Jason Moore, who previously directed the stage musical Avenue Q as well as the popular a cappella film Pitch Perfect, is directing the show, which is based on the singer’s life and career, according to reports from the New York Post. ...

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LIVE VIDEO: One Love Manchester Benefit Concert

US Weekly reports: Ariana Grande will headline a star-studded benefit concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday, June 4, to raise money for the victims of the May 22 terror attack at her concert. The One Love Manchester event will be broadcast live from the sold-out Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, which is located just a few miles away from the ...

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Manchester Benefit Concert To Air Worldwide

Variety reports: ABC will air Ariana Grande’s One Love benefit concert Sunday, one of a host of international broadcasters that have signed up to air the live event dedicated to helping victims of the Manchester attack. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is coordinating the international effort and has placed the concert with broadcasters in 38 countries so ...

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Babs Wishes You Happy LGBT Pride Month

“The first time I ever sang for a paying audience was at a gay club, The Lion, in Greenwich Village. I was 18 years old and had never been in a nightclub before. The gay community supported me from the start, and I will always be grateful. Decades later, I remember sitting in a theater and watching Larry Kramer’s play, ...

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MANCHESTER: Galaxy Of Top Pop Acts Reportedly To Perform At Ariana Grande’s Benefit Concert For Victims

TMZ reports: Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert this Sunday will feature huge acts, including Coldplay and Miley Cyrus … TMZ has learned. Sources connected with the event tell us the charity concert will be held at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester … the same place Beyonce performed last July. In addition to Coldplay and Miley, Pharrell and Take That ...

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Rocker Gregg Allman Dies At Age 69

From the Hollywood Reporter: Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock ‘n’ blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane, and composed such classics as “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and the epic concert jam “Whipping Post,” has died at age 69. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010. ...

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BRITAIN: Ariana Grande To Return To Manchester For Concert To Benefit Victims, “We Won’t Let Hate Win”

CNN reports: Singer Ariana Grande has announced she will return to Manchester, England, for a benefit concert following a terror attack at her concert earlier this week. The event, she said, will honor and raise money for the victims and their families. “I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression ...

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ROCKET MAN: Refugee Iranian Animator Tells His Story In Stunning Contest-Winning Elton John Video

The Upcoming reports: Elton John and long time co-writer Bernie Taupin have made some of the most famous pop songs of the 20th century. Many of the pair’s biggest hits came during a highly productive period in the early 70s, with songs including Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man and Bennie and the Jets. This period of work formed the basis of ...

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Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Dies At Age 52

The Associated Press reports: Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press. Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said ...

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Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest [VIDEO]

I really thought Italy and the dancing gorilla had this, especially since the video for their entry has over 114 million views on YouTube. Sky News reports: Portugal has won its first-ever Eurovision Song Contest for Salvador Sobral’s performance of Amar Pelos Dois. Sobral, who has fought ill health to take part in the competition, was crowned winner during a ...

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Donna Summer: The Musical Set For Fall Opening

Broadway World reports: Donna Summer’s husband Bruce Sudano has big Broadway plans as he prepares to launch his new stage show SUMMER at La Jolla Playhouse in November. The show, based on the life of his late wife, will feature all of the disco queen’s greatest hits, with hopes taking the show the Broadway in 2018. According to WENN, the ...

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Joe Goddard – Home [VIDEO]

Out today is Electric Lines, the new album by 2 Bears and Hot Chip member Joe Goddard, which gives me an excuse to post last month’s single, which serves as an old school disco homage to legendary Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan. Sampled in the single is the 1978 Paradise Garage staple, Brainstorm’s On Our Way Home, and as you’ll ...

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Ukraine Bans Russia’s Eurovision Entry From 2017 Contest Because She’s Performed In Crimea [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Few rules have been bent, manipulated and outright broken quite like the Eurovision song contest’s ban on “lyrics, speeches [or] gestures of a political or similar nature”. Over the six decades of the competition there have been peace, war and the fall of the Berlin Wall – but this year politics has gripped Eurovision in a more ...

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Rocker J. Geils Dies At Age 71 [VIDEO]

Billboard Magazine reports: Guitarist J. Geils, born John Warren Geils Jr., has died at age 71. Geils was found dead in his Groton, Massachusetts, home. He had lived in the town for 35 years. Groton police said officers responded to Geils’ home around 4 p.m. ET Tuesday for a well-being check and found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at ...

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Pentatonix – Bohemian Rhapsody [VIDEO]

Robert Philpot reviews: Although there were music videos before 1975, Queen’s clip that year for its now-classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is seen as groundbreaking. That was before MTV, way before YouTube, and certainly before any of the five members of Pentatonix was born. But the Arlington-founded a cappella group — which released its latest EP, “PTX Vol. 4 — Classics” — ...

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Barry Manilow Comes Out At Age 73

People Magazine reports: For decades Barry Manilow gave the world timeless hits, while keeping his own world a total secret. Now at 73 years old, the music legend is opening up about his life, struggles and, for the first time, his sexuality. Fiercely private, the pop icon recently welcomed PEOPLE into his Palm Springs home for an exclusive interview and ...

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Library Of Congress Unveils Latest Preservation Titles: Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Sister Sledge, More

Broadway World reports: Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” Barbra Streisand’s “People” and the original cast album of Broadway’s THE WIZ are among the 25 titles which will be preserved by the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry for 2016. Each year, the Librarian of Congress selects 25 songs that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years ...

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SO YOU’RE BACK FROM OUTER SPACE: Gloria Gaynor To Perform At Library Of Congress Tribute To Disco

The Washington Post reports: Last year, Gloria Gaynor’s disco anthem “I Will Survive” became one of 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry, a collection of sound recordings considered “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States” and kept at the Library of Congress. The wide-ranging registry includes Thomas Edison’s early cylinders, Martin ...

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Rock Pioneer Chuck Berry Dies At Age 90

Billboard Magazine reports: Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with his impeccably twangy hits “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Memphis,” “My Ding-a-Ling” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” has died. He was 90. The singer/songwriter, whose classic “Johnny B. Goode” was chosen by Carl Sagan to be included on the golden record of Earth Sounds and ...

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