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Special to The TimesLil Wayne "Tha Carter III" (Cash Money/Universal Motown Records) *** When you call yourself "the greatest rapper alive," championship seasons aren't just expected, they're required. Lil Wayne knows this well, having spent the last three years crowing...
Tags: Motown Records, Busta Rhymes, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Lil Wayne
Times Pop Music CriticMadonna "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros. Records) * * * Before "Hard Candy," her 11th studio album, due out Tuesday, Madonna had never before opened her legs for an album cover. Two decades ago, her patchouli-scented belly adorned the sleeve of the intimate...
Tags: Poetry, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Nelly Furtado, Madonna
Charlie Haden Family & Friends (Decca) * * * The stereotypical disconnect between the worlds of jazz and country music was beautifully crystallized many years ago when celebrated drummer Buddy Rich was in the hospital. Just before going into surgery,...
Tags: Science, Television, Elvis Costello, Entertainment, Johnny Cash
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBy all appearances, "The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious" is like any other competitive reality show. The grand prize is a spot in a new group, contestants must face a judges' panel, and celebrities such as N'Sync's JC Chasez are treated like royalty....
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMariah Carey "E=MC2" (Island) * * What advice do you suppose Mariah Carey will have for the "American Idol" contestants Wednesday when she appears on the show as a mentor, part of the media blitz launching the follow-up to her big comeback album, 2005'...
RedEye special contributor***1/2 (out of four) When you're in love, there's no way to look cool. In theory, love's a graceful, sophisticated experience, but in practice it's full of silly pet names and stupid inside jokes – things that make the other person laugh and...
Tags: Justin Timberlake, Music, Jessica Biel, R. Kelly, Entertainment
It's OK if you call it a comeback: Until recently, Brandy Norwood, teen R&B sensation and former star of the beloved '90s sitcom "Moesha," had been having a rough couple of years. There was the death of her mentor Whitney Houston, a fatal car accident...
Tags: Tyler Perry, Bruno Mars, Music, Brandy (singer), Whitney Houston
Justin Timberlake has released a small slice of his next album, "The 20/20 Experience," causing the New York Times to spin in circles spouting wardrobe puns. Also catching the Internet's eye over the weekend and this morning: Free speech advocate...
On Wednesday evening musician/actor Justin Timberlake tossed off a mysterious tweet that said, simply, “Thursday, January 10th, 9:01 am PST.” With that little message, the online world erupted: Has the one-time N' Sync member, absent from...
Tags: Beyonce, George W. Bush, Entertainment, Ethan Coen, Music
Pop2itLater, they went to Tryst nightclub to finish out the evening in style....
Child Actor w/ Black Light Dinner Party, Nov. 28, 9 p.m., free, BAR, 254 Crown St., New Haven, (203) 495-1111, manicproductions.org. There's an elemental problem facing anyone who tries to produce electronic pop music: How to create an...
*** (out of 4) Rihanna's new album “Unapologetic,” her best since “Good Girl Gone Bad” and maybe her best ever, finds the singer conflicted. She explores both tragic love and her general badassness in a way that hints at some...
Tags: David Guetta, Eminem, Chris Brown, Rihanna
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