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Mar 9, 2013

Bieber ends London gig without hitches after ‘rough week’

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Pop star Justin Bieber wrapped
up his final London show without hitches on Friday after a week
riddled with paparazzi run-ins and a trip to the hospital.

Bieber, 19, sang and danced his way through his fourth night
at London’s O2 Arena on the European leg of his “Believe” world
tour, back to his normal self after collapsing on stage from
shortness of breath on Thursday.

Mar 8, 2013

Bieber “under the weather”, lunges at UK photographer

LONDON (Reuters) – Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was filmed lunging and shouting abuse at a photographer on Friday during an ill-fated stay in London which has gone from bad to worse after he collapsed on stage the day before.

The altercation, caught on camera and featured on popular celebrity news websites including TMZ, showed the 19-year-old get out of a van, try to move towards the unnamed member of the paparazzi and threaten him using several swear words.

Mar 8, 2013

Can Bowie turn acclaim and hype into record sales?

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – He caught the music world
napping in January with his first new song in a decade and soon
had critics searching for superlatives to describe his new album
“The Next Day”.

The next big question for David Bowie and his remarkable
comeback is whether the element of surprise and subsequent
acclaim will turn into record sales.

Mar 7, 2013

New films test if Land of Oz still paved with gold

LONDON (Reuters) – The entertainment industry has long viewed The Land of Oz as a road paved with gold, and two major new movie projects will test the public’s appetite for yet more spin-offs from L. Frank Baum’s novel published 113 years ago.

Not every project based on the American author’s adventures in Oz has been a hit – even with Michael Jackson as Scarecrow, the 1978 adaptation “The Wiz” suffered poor reviews.

Mar 5, 2013

Bieber apologizes to angry fans for late UK show

LONDON (Reuters) – Canadian singer Justin Bieber apologized on Tuesday after fans booed him for turning up nearly two hours late to a London concert, blaming technical issues for his late performance.

The 19-year-old teen idol had been scheduled to take the stage at London’s O2 Arena at 8.30 p.m. but said in a Twitter message that the time was pushed back to 9.35 p.m. due to “some technical issues”.

Mar 4, 2013

Central Asian art on show, Sotheby’s eyes new market

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Central Asia and the Caucasus
get a rare moment in the artistic limelight this week as
Sotheby’s stages a London exhibition of works from the 1960s to
the present day, hoping to generate interest in artists from an
often overlooked region.

Lying either side of the Caspian Sea with China to the east,
Russia to the north and Iran to the south, countries like
Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Georgia have plenty in common, not
least subservience to Moscow during the Soviet era.

Feb 28, 2013

Rolling Stones hope to play Glastonbury festival, Ronnie Wood says

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones picked up two prizes at the NME Music Awards in London on Wednesday, and guitarist Ronnie Wood said the band hoped to play at Britain’s Glastonbury music festival in June.

The Stones won for best live act and best film, and Wood was on hand to accept a pair of irreverent “middle finger” statuettes.

Feb 28, 2013

Rolling Stones lead winners at NME music awards

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones picked up two prizes at the NME Music Awards in London on Wednesday one for best live act and the other for best film, and veteran guitarist Ronnie Wood was on hand to accept a pair of irreverent “middle finger” statuettes.

The veteran British rock group — comprising Wood, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts — is one of four acts to be nominated four times for the annual awards, organised by NME music magazine.

Feb 26, 2013

Bowie is back to best on new album, UK critics say

LONDON (Reuters) – David Bowie’s first album of new music in a decade sees the influential musician back to his best, British critics said in reviews rushed out on Tuesday, two weeks before its release.

“The Next Day”, which hits stores in Britain on March 11 and a day later in the United States, could even be the “greatest comeback in rock’n’roll history”, according to The Independent’s Andy Gill.

Feb 26, 2013

Music sales post small rise in 2012, first since ’99

LONDON (Reuters) – The music business broke a 12-year losing streak in 2012, posting a small but symbolic 0.3 percent rise in trade revenues to $16.5 billion, figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) showed on Tuesday.

The slight increase will come as a relief to record label bosses who have watched the value of sales plummet from a peak of $28.6 billion in 1999, as illegal downloads and a reluctance to embrace the digital age hit revenues hard.

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