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NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran MTV executive Van Toffler says that he's leaving the network where he's worked for almost 28 years to satisfy an itch to create new contact. Toffler began in the business department at MTV in 1987 and rose to his current job as president of Viacom's Music...
The Mavericks, "Mono" (Valory) The Mavericks have always been a rootsy band, plying musical turf from Havana to Nashville via Miami. Here their sound is more retro than ever, recalling the era when these sorts of songs were best heard on small radios and big jukeboxes. "Mono"...
NEW YORK (AP) — Darren Criss is going from singing on TV to singing on Broadway. Producers of the hit musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" said Tuesday that the "Glee" star will step into the title role's high heels April 29, taking over from co-creator John Cameron Mitchell...
Sisqo, "Last Dragon" (Massenburg Media) It's been 14 years and a whole lot of thongs thrown on stage since R&B singer Sisqo's last album. The flamboyant Dru Hill front man is back with "Last Dragon," a consistent album that delivers some solid songs, though probably lacks...
NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," ''You Don't Own Me" and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68. Gore...
Drake, "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" (Cash Money) For as long as Drake's been around, almost everything about him — his Mr. Sensitive image, his sweater collection, his cheesy photos with various professional athletes — has been the subject of a never-ending stream of...
NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande's NBA All-Star performance wasn't a slam dunk, but more like a layup: It was good, but you won't remember it tomorrow. Grande's 11-minute halftime set on Sunday highlighted the pop-star year the singer's had on the charts: She sang the four Top 10...
NEW YORK (AP) — Christina Aguilera was in a New York state of mind. The pop singer kicked off the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday with a New York-themed performance at Madison Square Garden. The big-voiced star sang classics including Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York," Stevie...
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney is not lacking for love. The former Beatle was surrounded by celebrity fans at a nearly two-hour Valentine's Day concert Saturday at New York City's Irving Plaza. "Tonight is about love," he told his audience, as rose petals fell. He entertained a...