Author: Mikael Wood

Kendrick Lamar owes himself more than lifeless corporate gigs

On tour last year behind his hit album “Damn,” Kendrick Lamar performed every night on a stage largely swept free of distractions. The bare-bones production was designed to focus attention on the Compton rapper’s densely worded songs about race, identity and the alienating effect of success, and… Source: Entertainment

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Stevie Nicks says heart will 'never get over' the death of Tom Petty

Stevie Nicks was at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Friday night to be honored as a member of her band, Fleetwood Mac, which was named 2018’s MusiCares Person of the Year, a tribute meant to recognize an artist’s work and philanthropy. But in her acceptance speech, the singer ended up paying… Source: Entertainment

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Fleetwood Mac was the only act worth seeing at its grim Grammy weekend MusiCares tribute

Leave it to Fleetwood Mac to steal the show at its own tribute concert. Performing last to close Friday night’s MusiCares Person of the Year benefit, the annual Grammy-weekend event meant to recognize an artist’s work and philanthropy, the veteran band long associated with Los Angeles played a… Source: Entertainment

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Remembering the Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, whose voice was truly her own

In the 1990s, the Cranberries were easy to view as mere passengers on a number of bandwagons. The Irish quartet followed Sinéad O’Connor and the Frames (not to mention “The Commitments”) in establishing that country’s idea of post-U2 pop stardom. Frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan’s gender ensured that… Source: Entertainment

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Taylor Swift was the draw — but not the real star — at KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball

The dressing rooms at the Forum must have been as comfortably appointed Friday night as they’ve ever been. That was at least one conclusion you may have drawn when Ed Sheeran, who’d opened KIIS-FM’s annual all-star Jingle Ball concert a little after 7:30, popped back out onstage more than four… Source: Entertainment

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Giving thanks for the music that (almost) redeemed 2017

Given the nonstop turmoil of the past 11 months — from political upheaval to accusations of sexual harassment to gun violence to natural disasters — perhaps the thing to be grateful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving is that 2017 is almost over. Yet as tough as this year has been for so many, it… Source: […]

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What happened when Sophie brought her depersonalized pop to the stage

Can we love a pop star we know virtually nothing about? That’s the question posed by Sophie, the willfully mysterious British musician who performed Monday night at the Teragram Ballroom to close out the month-long Red Bull Music Academy festival. A gadget-obsessed producer and songwriter, Sophie… Source: Entertainment

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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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