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Thursday, December 21, 2017

On the Heels of Lady Gaga, the Economics of Las Vegas Residencies Reach New Highs by Shirley Halperin

The race to lock down Las Vegas’ highest-paying residency is heating up with Lady Gaga announcing a two-year engagement at the MGM Park Theater. According to two well-placed sources, G…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Lady Gaga Las Vegas Residency a Done Deal by Shirley Halperin

Lady Gaga is set to kick off a residency in Las Vegas at the MGM Park Theater. The deal closed over the weekend and will bring the pop star to the city starting in late 2018. According to lo…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

‘American Idol’: Disney’s Hollywood Records Will Release Music by Finalists (EXCLUSIVE) by Shirley Halperin

Future finalists and winners of ABC’s “American Idol” reboot will be recording their debuts for Hollywood Records, Variety has learned. It is the first time the Disney labe…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dita Von Teese Burlesque Act Banned at Bette Midler-Hosted Halloween Gala by Shirley Halperin

On the same day it was revealed that New York City is likely to repeal a Prohibition-era law banning dancing in most establishments including restaurants and bars, the Bishop of New York per…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Extends Broadway Run by Shirley Halperin

Born to extended run? Bruce Springsteen fans who missed out on “Springsteen on Broadway” may have another chance to score tickets for the show next spring. The Boss is exten…

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Paul McCartney Brings Bruce Springsteen to the Stage at Madison Square Garden Concert by Shirley Halperin

Paul McCartney’s One on One tour is off to a rousing start, as Bruce Springsteen and E Street vet Steven Van Zandt hopped on stage at Madison Square Garden on Friday night (Sept. 15).…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lady Gaga to Be Deposed in Dr. Luke-Kesha Defamation Case by Shirley Halperin

Lady Gaga will submit to a deposition in the ongoing legal battle between producer Dr. Luke and pop singer Kesha, Variety has confirmed. Dr. Luke is suing Kesha for defamation, the latest in…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ibiza: the Broadway Musical? ‘It’s Possible,’ Says Dance Music Trailblazer Patrick Moxey by Shirley Halperin

The Ultra Records founder has seen his share of DJs come and go, but says dance music is here to stay.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Concert Review: Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie Find Familial Ground at L.A.’s Greek Theatre by Shirley Halperin

There’s a highly non-dysfunctional family dynamic at play in the pairing.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Signs with Universal Music Publishing by Shirley Halperin

In a significant coup for Universal Music Publishing Group chairman and CEO Jody Gerson, Bruce Springsteen has signed with UMPG, marking the first time a single publisher will administer th…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande Manager Scooter Braun Addresses Healthcare in Plea to Focus on ‘Real Issues’ by Shirley Halperin

"Today the president disrespected those who have had more courage than he ever did."

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Veteran Music Publisher Jay R. Morgenstern Dies at 87 by Shirley Halperin

Jay R. Morgenstern, a 50-year veteran of music publishing, died on July 4 in Los Angeles. He was 87. In a distinguished career, Morgenstern got his start in the industry as an accountant for…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

‘American Idol’: Rickey Minor Set to Return as Reboot’s Musical Director (EXCLUSIVE) by Shirley Halperin

Longtime “American Idol” musical director Rickey Minor will return to the show when it premieres on ABC in spring 2018, Variety has confirmed through multiple sources. The bandle…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ariana Grande’s ‘One Love Manchester’: Scooter Braun, Coldplay’s Chris Martin on Purpose in Face of Terror by Shirley Halperin

Scanning a crowd of 55,000 at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium from a private perch reserved for Ariana Grande, her family and team, manager Scooter Braun is visibly moved as his client s…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Ariana Grande’s Mom on her Daughter’s Conviction and the Emotional Story Behind ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Shirley Halperin

When Ariana Grande sang the opening notes to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” her chosen closer at the “One Love Manchester” concert on June 4, the “Wizard of Oz&#…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

After London Bridge Terror Incident, Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Still On: ‘We Will Sing Loudly’ by Shirley Halperin

Following the terrorist incident at London Bridge on June 3, during which seven people were killed when a van drove into a crowd of people, ticketholders to the One Love Manchester concert s…

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Marcus Mumford Joins Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester Concert by Shirley Halperin

Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons has joined the lineup for “One Love Manchester,” the benefit concert taking place June 4 at Emirates Old Trafford stadium outside of Manches…

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Universal Music Slams ‘Shameful’ Unauthorized Ariana Grande Manchester Merchandise by Shirley Halperin

Leave it to crafty bootleggers to take advantage of tragedy for financial gain. Since the May 22 attack outside the Manchester Arena, where Ariana Grande had performed for a crowd of thousan…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Inside the Planning of Ariana Grande’s ‘Inspiring’ Manchester Benefit Concert by Shirley Halperin

Some 50,000 are expected to be in attendance at Ariana Grande’s “One Love” concert this Sunday, June 4 at the Emirates Old Trafford near Manchester, U.K. The benefit show, …

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Joins Steven Van Zandt Onstage for Saturday Night Surprise by Shirley Halperin

Bruce Springsteen kicked the Memorial Day weekend into high gear with a surprise appearance in New Jersey, joining Steven Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul Saturday night (May 27) at the C…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

At Dreary, Drake-Dominated Billboard Music Awards, Cher and Lorde Give Us Something to ‘Believe’ In by Shirley Halperin

The mononym queens had it at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. The two best reasons to tune in to an otherwise mostly dreary three-hour ABC telecast were striking performances by gene…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

‘A Star Is Born’: Will Public Realize Stefani Germanotta Is Lady Gaga? by Shirley Halperin

"A Star Is Born" and a credit scorned: what does Lady Gaga's use of her real name mean for the studio's marketing efforts and reach?

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Britney Spears Honored as Icon, Mom, Sister at 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards by Shirley Halperin

Allesia Cara, Hailee Steinfeld, Train, Grace Vanderwaal, and Julia Michaels performed at the fifth annual event.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks Reflect on ‘Philadelphia,’ Jonathan Demme at Tribeca Film Festival by Shirley Halperin

Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks were the main event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night (April 28), taking the stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for an hour-long discussion a…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Constantine Maroulis Defends 'Spider-Man' Musical by Shirley Halperin

The Tony-nominated actor and 'American Idol' alum reveals that the producers "implemented several Act 2 changes" and are doing "everything they can to make the environment safe."

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Alan Menken on the Future of Movie Musicals by Shirley Halperin

The "Aladdin" and "Tangled" composer will be feted at THR/Billboard's Film & TV Music Conference Monday.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Bono on 'Spider-Man': 'I Promise It's Not Been Canceled' by Shirley Halperin and Kimberly Nordyke

The U2 frontman, who composed the music for problem-plagued $70 million Broadway production with the Edge, says the revamped show "will be there by opening night."

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