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British music stars resurrect Rock Against Racism

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More than 700 figures from Britain's music world, including popstar Rita Ora, One Direction singer Niall Horan and producer Nile Rodgers, united to "wipe out racism" declaring "silence is not an option" in response to discrimination and abuse. The pledge made in a letter published in Britain's Sunday Times newspaper… Read

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Kabuki theater resumes, socially distanced, after 5-month coronavirus hiatus

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Japan's stately traditional kabuki theater resumed performances on Saturday after a five-month break due to the coronavirus, with musicians in masks, actors farther apart on stage and only half the usual number of seats. The re-opening of Tokyo's famed Kabukiza Theater, which called off performances from March due to the… Read

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J-pop star Hikaru Utada films her newest video in her lockdown home

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With the coronavirus pandemic forcing us to spend a lot more time at home, many of us are taking on projects and challenges around the house. Maybe you finally cleaned out that junk drawer, or are teaching yourself how to bake your favorite sweets since your favorite dessert cafe is… Read

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Fuji TV says cyberbullying of 'Terrace House' star unforeseen

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Fuji Television says that production staff of the popular reality show "Terrace House" could not have foreseen the cyberbullying of a cast member who apparently killed herself after being subjected to hateful messages online. "Terrace House" came under heavy criticism and scrutiny after 22-year-old female professional wrestler Hana Kimura, a… Read

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Beyonce delights fans with stylized visual album 'Black Is King'

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Pop royalty Beyonce on Friday released her much-hyped visual album "Black Is King," an aesthetically ambitious video billed as a companion to her 2019 album of songs inspired by Disney's live-action remake of "The Lion King." The highly stylized visual narrative released on the Disney Plus streaming platform runs an… Read

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Facebook to get rights to show music videos: report

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Facebook Inc has completed a series of deals for the right to show music videos on its platform, raising the prospect of its competing more with Alphabet Co's video platform YouTube in the area, Bloomberg reports. The social media giant is expected to announce partnerships with three of music world's… Read

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'Midnight Express' and 'The Commitments' director Alan Parker dies aged 76

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British director Alan Parker, whose long list of hits over the decades has included "Midnight Express" and "The Commitments", died Friday at the age of 76, his family said. The multiple awards winner, whose other films include "Bugsy Malone", "Evita" and "Mississippi Burning", died "following a lengthy illness," his family… Read

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Ellen DeGeneres TV show to make workplace changes after probe of culture

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Ellen DeGeneres has sent an emotional message to the staff of her television talk show saying she was taking steps to improve the culture on set following accusations of a hostile working environment. The email followed an internal investigation by Warner Bros. Television, which produces "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," of… Read

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Jagger, Stipe sign letter demanding campaign song consent

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Several top musicians, including Mick Jagger and Sheryl Crow, have signed a letter demanding that politicians get their consent before playing their songs at campaign rallies. The soundtrack to political events was a hot topic during the 2016 election and is again this year, with several stars objecting to President… Read

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Gaga, Grande top MTV VMA noms; quarantine categories added

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It’s raining nominations for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, which will present new categories focused on live performances and music videos created at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Gaga and Grande both scored nine nominations each, including video of the… Read

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