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U2 guitarist The Edge, left, and lead singer Bono at the Forum
U2 guitarist The Edge, left, and lead singer Bono at the Forum (Michael Robinson Chavez, Los Angeles Times)

Rock and roll may not appear to be so relevant on the pop charts these days, but it’s still a dominant force on live stages.

The concert-industry trade publication Pollstar released its list of the top-grossing tours of 2017, and rock-leaning acts took many of the top slots. 

U2 claimed the peak spot with its leviathan Joshua Tree Tour, which sold 2.71 million tickets for a gross of $316 million. Right on the act’s heels was a reunited Guns N’ Roses,  which grossed $292.5 million on 2.68 million tickets. (U2, on average, charged $40 more per ticket than Guns N’ Roses).

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I didn't like that feeling of being a starlet. I felt used, not in a good way.

  • Celebrity
Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013.
Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013. (Isaac Brekken / Associated Press)

Former Miss Americas Mallory Hagan, Gretchen Carlson and Kate Shindle are standing together and demanding that the entire board of the Miss America Organization step down in the wake of insulting internal emails that were recently made public. 

The board announced a plan Wednesday night to form a committee that would seek “a new leadership structure and respective names” after the resignations of three top executives on Saturday.

The committee will include two current board members and five people chosen from nominations made by select former Miss Americas and state-level pageant executives, the board said in a statement. 

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé are taking us to church in a new teaser for Jay’s track “Family Feud.”

The Brooklyn-bred rapper shared the clip via Tidal’s Twitter account on Thursday, announcing the visual’s full drop on Friday.

In the clip, Jay-Z walks his 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, down a church aisle while a fiercely pontiff-like Bey supervises from the altar. The couple also appears to sit down in a confessional booth. Those visuals are spliced together with a hot and heavy love-making session that ends with a woman stabbing her lover in the back.

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Halle Berry.
Halle Berry. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

The stars are coming out for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards next month.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which recognizes achievements in film and television at the boozy awards show, announced the first batch of presenters on Thursday. 

Among them are past winners and nominees. Naturally, several hail from this year’s crop of contenders.

Indya Moore as Angel competes in the 1987 ballroom category Royalty Realness in a scene from the pilot of "Pose."
Indya Moore as Angel competes in the 1987 ballroom category Royalty Realness in a scene from the pilot of "Pose." (JoJo Whilden / FX)

FX is adding a new Ryan Murphy show to its roster, announcing Wednesday a series order for “Pose,” a dance musical drama centered around ball culture in 1980s New York.

“Pose” will serve as a snapshot into the changing tides of the city, juxtaposing the rise of Trump-era luxury with the downtown social scene.

“Along with being a dance musical and an affirming look at American life in the 1980s, I'm so proud that ‘Pose’ and FX has made history right from the beginning by featuring the most trans series regular actors ever in an American television production,” Murphy said in a statement.

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My generation was kind of protected. You think, 'OK, the sky's the limit,' but then you come to the realization that not everything is going to happen in my generation and you realize that it is an ongoing struggle. You've got to continue to fight the fight where you can fight it.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: He Learned the Ropes

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Solange Knowles revealed Wednesday that she’s been struggling with an autonomic disorder that prompted her to pull out of an upcoming New Year’s Eve performance.

“The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me…,” she wrote on Instagram.

The artist did not share what type of autonomic disorder she was diagnosed with, but the term refers to a breakdown of the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary bodily functions.

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Anna Graham Hunter, from left, Cori Thomas and Kathryn Rossetter are among Dustin Hoffman's accusers.
Anna Graham Hunter, from left, Cori Thomas and Kathryn Rossetter are among Dustin Hoffman's accusers. (Associated Press)

Seven women who have accused actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct published an open letter Wednesday thanking John Oliver for his attempt to question the actor about the matter during an early-December film panel. 

Addressed to Oliver, the letter was first published on the Twitter feed of Anna Graham Hunter, who wrote a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter alleging that Hoffman sexually harassed her while she was working as a production assistant on “Death of a Salesman” in 1985. Hunter was 17 at the time.

“While the questions you asked may not have led to the constructive conversation you hoped for, the fact that you asked them at all is what matters most,” the letter read, adding that while many men listen to and believe women’s stories about sexual harassment, fewer men are willing to call out bad behavior.

John Oliver
John Oliver (Eric Liebowitz / HBO)
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“No one's ever really gone…”

That’s what Mark Hamill tweeted Wednesday on the first anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s death, echoing a line Luke Skywalker says to Leia Organa in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” 

An illustration of Fisher as Saint Carrie, holding her dog Gary with one hand and flipping the bird with the other, anchored a trio of pictures he included in the tweet, including pics of himself and Fisher at the beginning of their “Star Wars” careers together and at the end.