Author: Mikael Wood

Pink on her new album, Billy Joel and why she's over pop-star feuds

‘It surprises me how snarky it’s gotten,’ Pink says of the pop world in a wide-ranging talk at her home. Her new album, ‘Beautiful Trauma,’ puts her powerful voice first. Source: Entertainment

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Can a music-industry insider make real documentaries? This Live Nation exec says yes

To a person standing on the street, little distinguishes the pair of sleek, green-gray structures that make up Live Nation’s headquarters in Beverly Hills. But Heather Parry says that there’s definitely a difference between the two buildings — and that her office is in the good one. As head of… Source: Entertainment

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MTV is bringing back 'Unplugged.' First artist: Shawn Mendes. Will his young fans tune in?

The once-famous acoustic showcase ‘Unplugged’ is returning at a moment when teens and twentysomethings are abandoning old-fashioned television. First up: Shawn Mendes. Source: Entertainment

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MC Hammer is headlining Staples Center — in 2017. How did this happen?

Turns out you can touch this. As he strode through the Hollywood & Highland complex on Wednesday afternoon, MC Hammer was approached by a group of young men who looked surprised to have crossed paths with the flamboyant rapper famous for his 1990 smash “U Can’t Touch This.” Could they shake Hammer’s… Source: Entertainment

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LCD Soundsystem's 'American Dream' isn't a victory lap — it's better than that

Well, of course he got the band back together. Going out on top — and then just staying that way? It would’ve seemed counter to the animating spirit of the thing. When James Murphy started LCD Soundsystem in 2002, the singer, producer and vintage-synth connoisseur introduced the group with “Losing… Source: Entertainment

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What Donald Trump had to do with the smash-hit remix of 'Despacito'

The artists and executives behind the year’s biggest song talk about its artistic triumph – and its political motivation. Source: Entertainment

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Willie Nelson felt like an infinitely renewable resource at the Shrine

At some point there will come a day — and lately it’s felt uncomfortably close — when Willie Nelson is no longer available to shuffle onstage with his five-piece band, pick up the battered acoustic guitar he calls Trigger and rip into “Whiskey River” with his proprietary blend of wisdom and intensity. … Source: Entertainment

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What Sam Hunt had to say about cultural integration at the Greek Theatre

Sam Hunt started out in one place Tuesday night but ended up in quite another. The singer of the year’s biggest country hit, “Body Like a Back Road,” was about halfway through the first of two concerts at the Greek Theatre when he sat down on a stool for a “little chat,” as he put […]

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Ed Sheeran aimed to please fans at Staples Center — but what about himself?

Ed Sheeran was about halfway through his briskly paced concert Thursday night at Staples Center — the first of three this week for the British singer and songwriter behind the biggest album of 2017 — when he took a moment to let the capacity crowd in on his creative process. The next song he wanted… […]

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Don't sleep on Benjamin Gibbard's song-by-song re-creation of Teenage Fanclub's 'Bandwagonesque'

Did the universe need this? Probably not. But fans of Death Cab for Cutie and Teenage Fanclub — and jangly, guitar-based indie pop in general — will be pleased to have it. Willed into being by the proudly fussy music-and-food website Turntable Kitchen, “Bandwagonesque” is Death Cab frontman Benjamin… Source: Entertainment

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