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Vienna shakes off fusty image as Eurovision carnival hits town


VIENNA - Vienna hopes the final of the Eurovision Song Contest will show a new liberal and light-hearted side to the opulent Austrian capital when the jamboree of glitter, capes and power ballads hits town this weekend.

'Pitch Perfect 2' hits high note on Billboard 200 after film debut

LOS ANGELES - The soundtrack for song-infused comedy "Pitch Perfect 2" debuted atop the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday after the sequel conquered the box office last weekend. | Video

Film, 21 May 2015

Rapper Flavor Flav arrested in Las Vegas with marijuana, alcohol in car

- Rap star Flavor Flav was arrested on Thursday in Las Vegas on suspicion of driving under the influence, after he was pulled over for speeding and was found with marijuana and an open container of alcohol in his BMW, a Nevada state trooper said.

People, 21 May 2015

'Candy-wrapper music' hits sweet spot in Cannes 'Youth' movie

CANNES, France - American composer David Lang has written what he calls "candy-wrapper music" for the Cannes competition film "Youth" in which Michael Caine plays a retired musician wrestling with old age. | Video

Film, Davos, 20 May 2015

UK Supreme Court overturns ban on abused pianist's memoir

LONDON - A British concert pianist whose autobiography was banned because it contained harrowing details of childhood rape that could psychologically harm his son will be allowed to publish the book after the Supreme Court overturned the ban on Wednesday.

20 May 2015

Musicians, from opera to blues, seek to play New York subways

NEW YORK - It may not be the lights of Broadway but subway stations aren't a bad gig either, according to scores of musicians who auditioned on Tuesday to play in New York City's bustling underground terminals.

19 May 2015

Cancer patients get chance to create a musical legacy

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Musician Stuart Jewell is working on a long-cherished dream to record a song that he wrote almost thirty years ago, but his purpose is to create a memento for his family, rather than to become a star. | Video

Health 19 May 2015

Taylor Swift, Sam Smith win top Billboard Music awards

- Taylor Swift dominated the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, winning eight awards including top artist, while British soul singer Sam Smith took the honors for top male artist and new artist. | Video

18 May 2015

No harm intended in Winehouse biopic 'AMY', director says

CANNES, France - Asif Kapadia, the director of "AMY", the biopic on Amy Winehouse that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, said there was no harm intended after the late singer-songwriter's father harshly criticized the film. | Video

Film, People, 17 May 2015

Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89

- Blues legend B.B. King, who took his music from rural juke joints to the mainstream and inspired a generation of guitarists from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, has died in Las Vegas. He was 89. | Video

People, 15 May 2015

James Patterson's '14th Deadly Sin' holds firm atop bestsellers list

NEW YORK - The newest novel in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, "14th Deadly Sin," retained the No. 1 spot on the U.S. bestsellers list on Thursday for the second consecutive week.

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