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Reality CheckJanell reports on last night's American Idol:Welcome to the next Milestone Marker in the American Idol Journey to the Road that will lead us up the Stairs to the Platform of the Finale. The loser from tonight can say that......
Reality CheckDelayed a night because of Tuesday's presidential address, American Idol is finally back tonight. The Top 10 will be taking on the songs of Motown.Host Ryan Seacrest lets us know that the contestants are over last week's outbreak of flu. Then......
The Swampby Mark Silva Could there be anything more ghoulish than the image of klieg lights and satellite trucks assembled before dawn today outside the compound of the Los Angeles County Coroner awaiting word of what killed Michael Jackson, who died......
Ever since the first national TV broadcast in 1967 of the Tony Awards, then its 21st year, a delicate dance has been tapped out between the handing out of trophies for artistic theatrical worthiness and the entertainment of the ever-fickle folks at home....
When Black Ensemble Theatre opened its beautiful new building in November, it did so with a show, "The Jackie Wilson Story," that not only was under-rehearsed but was merely a pro forma remount of a hit from the past. The second, far more successful...
In 2011, Nick Bilton of The New York Times asked Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs, an interesting question: "Did he try to control what you wrote in the book?" "I anticipated that," Isaacson replied. "But he didn't. He kept surprising me by...
NEW YORK — Berry Gordy, the man who discovered Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells (and on and on), was a peerless record producer when it came to handpicking talent and building careers. But Berry Gordy, the...
It's signed, sealed and soon to be delivered: "Motown the Musical" is to kick off its first national tour in Chicago next spring, with a 12-week engagement at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., from April 22 to July 13, 2014. "Why would I start...
When it comes to the Central Florida concert scene in 2012, the spotlight was shared by the kids and the classic stars old enough to be their grandparents. Often enough, both ends of the generational spectrum acquitted themselves admirably. At Amway...
The songwriting world lost two titans Monday when Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber died within hours of each other. Ashford, 70, cowrote a string of hits with his wife, Valerie Simpson, that helped define soul, R&B and funk in the ‘60s, ‘70s and...
Lehigh Valley Music presents FESTBLOGBack in the early 1970s, the singing group Jackson 5 was so popular, it even became the subject of a Saturday morning cartoon series that used its fictionalized adventures -- such as having to do farm work or play for......
Soundboard Music Blog - Orlando SentinelPity the fool assigned to analyze the appeal of dance-pop duo LMFAO. The red-hot, electro-dance-pop duo shuffled into the Amway Center on Saturday to headline the Sorry for Party Rocking Tour, a good-time marathon powered by mind-numbingly incessant beats...
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