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By Wesley Case | April 6, 2011
This space has been sorely missing pop posts, so let's start Wednesday with an Apocalypse-Fun face-melter — Britney Spears' new video, "Till the World Ends. " Spears' comeback hasn't been earth-shaking, but it has been sneakily effective, thanks to the surgeon-precise hands behind the boards (Dr. Luke and Max Martin did this song and the excellent, dubstep-informed "Hold It Against Me"). And "Till the World Ends" adds Ke$ha (as a songwriter) into the fold, a star whose sleazy persona chips away at good taste until you realize she's the reason the party feels so right.
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By Cal Thomas | June 7, 2014
Given the numerous studies revealing how American education lags behind instruction in other countries in disciplines once thought to be essential, it should come as no surprise that on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a lot of people are clueless about central elements of the Allied invasion of the European continent on June 6, 1944. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni  (ACTA) has released the results of a survey, which finds only slightly more than half (54 percent)
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,sun foreign staff | March 28, 1999
TEHRAN, Iran -- He has been performing professionally for little more than a year, but when singer Khashayar Etemadi showed up for a three-day gig in an unheated gymnasium in Kerman, a city far from this capital, crowds of 1,000 or more showed up each night. The standing-room only crowds were understandable, though. These were the 28-year-old Etemadi's first concerts this year, and he showed up with a 22-piece orchestra and a trio of chador-cloaked female backup singers behind him. In blue blazer and trousers, he crooned ballads of love and country, while his audience swayed and chanted, "We love you."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
Eight years ago, Barry Manilow was shocked to hear that a friend's daughter was futilely searching for a saxophone. The student wanted to try something new, but her school didn't have the instrument. Manilow, the veteran singer and composer with more than 80 million records sold worldwide, was dumbfounded. But after surveying the country's school-funding issues as a whole, Manilow soon realized his friend's daughter shared the same problem with kids across the country. The issue resonated with him. "I went to a dump of a high school in Brooklyn, [N.Y.]
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Pop icon Beyonce didn't sidestep the lip-sync controversy that erupted after her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration. She embraced it. Before she took the podium to talk about Sunday's Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, she walked onstage at the Earnest N. Morial Convention Center with a hand-held microphone and belted out a flawless version of the National Anthem. "Any questions?" she said. It wasn't the most dynamic lead-up to the halftime extravaganza.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tionah Lee | April 17, 2013
The second night of the intense Battle Rounds took place last night. Coaches Blake, Adam, Usher and Shakira were forced to make tough decisions while assembling the teams they believe hold "the Voice. " Night two held no punches as some judges praised some contestants and others not so much. I think Usher is still trying to figure what Jeff Lewis thought was so hilarious during rehearsals. *insert scowling Usher eyebrow* Team Adam: Michael Austin vs. Warren Stone, “My Kind of Party” by Jason Aldean It was the battle of the civil service men as Deputy Sheriff Michael Austin (and his black cowboy hat)
NEWS
April 29, 1994
Anyone who follows pop music can only wonder where the genre will go -- that is, how far it will go -- in the wake of the latest barrier-bashing crudities by performers with seemingly more ability to shock than to make good music. Pop in the rock era has always boasted a strong vein of defiance. But not even long-time fans can savor imagining what might be left for Madonna to reveal or for 2 Live Crew to remark.Now it looks like Generation X has chosen its next collection of pop stars. Get ready for . . . Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash.
NEWS
February 8, 2011
There ought to be a law. Pop/rock singers and other celebrities who think they can sing should not be allowed to sing the national anthem, especially at large nationally televised venues. The latest insult to our national anthem was at this year's Super Bowl. Time and time again, event promoters make the same mistake, and the performance becomes the subject of ridicule even before the final note is sung. There are three basic reasons why this is not a good idea. First, celebrities all too often forget the words.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | August 14, 1992
Madonna will be the subject of a day of adulation on her 34th birthday Sunday.The Madonnathon, as it is being billed, will be in and around Southfield, Mich., where she grew up. It will include a visit to the open field where she received her first kiss and a Madonna look-alike contest staged at Menjo's, the gay bar in Detroit she used to frequent.The front-runner in the contest is supposed to be a 300-pound female impersonator named Queerdonna.
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By Robin Finn and Robin Finn,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 12, 2002
NEW YORK - Most editorial decisions at Blender, the irreverent music magazine that has thrown a scare into Rolling Stone and won a "launch of the year" award from Advertising Age, are conjured in a tiny conference room dominated by an armless punching bag dummy just like Mariah Carey's. The dummy was acquired under the auspices of journalistic research, an accessory to an article the magazine ran on the diva's reinvention, and it has been customized by the staff to the point where it has a new identity: dummy as editorial muse.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tionah Lee | April 17, 2013
The second night of the intense Battle Rounds took place last night. Coaches Blake, Adam, Usher and Shakira were forced to make tough decisions while assembling the teams they believe hold "the Voice. " Night two held no punches as some judges praised some contestants and others not so much. I think Usher is still trying to figure what Jeff Lewis thought was so hilarious during rehearsals. *insert scowling Usher eyebrow* Team Adam: Michael Austin vs. Warren Stone, “My Kind of Party” by Jason Aldean It was the battle of the civil service men as Deputy Sheriff Michael Austin (and his black cowboy hat)
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Pop icon Beyonce didn't sidestep the lip-sync controversy that erupted after her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration. She embraced it. Before she took the podium to talk about Sunday's Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, she walked onstage at the Earnest N. Morial Convention Center with a hand-held microphone and belted out a flawless version of the National Anthem. "Any questions?" she said. It wasn't the most dynamic lead-up to the halftime extravaganza.
NEWS
By Wesley Case | April 6, 2011
This space has been sorely missing pop posts, so let's start Wednesday with an Apocalypse-Fun face-melter — Britney Spears' new video, "Till the World Ends. " Spears' comeback hasn't been earth-shaking, but it has been sneakily effective, thanks to the surgeon-precise hands behind the boards (Dr. Luke and Max Martin did this song and the excellent, dubstep-informed "Hold It Against Me"). And "Till the World Ends" adds Ke$ha (as a songwriter) into the fold, a star whose sleazy persona chips away at good taste until you realize she's the reason the party feels so right.
NEWS
February 8, 2011
There ought to be a law. Pop/rock singers and other celebrities who think they can sing should not be allowed to sing the national anthem, especially at large nationally televised venues. The latest insult to our national anthem was at this year's Super Bowl. Time and time again, event promoters make the same mistake, and the performance becomes the subject of ridicule even before the final note is sung. There are three basic reasons why this is not a good idea. First, celebrities all too often forget the words.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2010
Judging by the spine-tingling screams, Justin Bieber's show Sunday night at the Maryland State Fairgrounds was a hit. Never mind that the 16-year-old pop whiz kid lip-synched some of his songs, or dashed off stage after nearly every song. He was there, and that was all that mattered for his legion of teenage fans. The Canadian singer, whose high-pitched voice and accessible mix of slick R&B and pop earned him millions of fans overnight, put on a roughly 90-minute show, drawing from both his albums.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2010
Move over, Justin Bieber — another Justin has trumped your arrival in Timonium. A Holstein calf was born Sunday afternoon at the University of Maryland birthing center at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, and fair officials said there were no surprises when a group of more than 100 children were tasked with naming the newborn. "Justin," the calf — named after Bieber, who will play a sold-out show at the fairgrounds tonight — was born just after 3:20 p.m. and weighed in at 80 lbs. Justin's mother, who had been in labor since around noon, doesn't have a name.
NEWS
By BILLBOARD | August 18, 1996
For years, Keith Richards has indulged a habit not uncommon among rock and rollers: listening to classical music.In fact, it was the Rolling Stones' publicly proclaimed taste for Mozart and Bach that helped inspire "Exile on Classical Street," an innovative attempt by London Records to get the younger set hip to the sounds of yesterday while raising money for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Foundation."Exile on Classical Street" is a compilation of the favorite classical pieces of a dozen of the world's biggest pop stars.
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 16, 1995
Environmentalism is a pretty easy cause for pop musicians to support. After all, who really wants to make a stand against issues like clean air, clean water and better waste management?So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the 25th anniversary of Earth Day has prompted not one but two large-scale concerts. On Friday, there will be a mostly alterna-rock benefit show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, with Natalie Merchant in one of her first public performances since leaving 10,000 Maniacs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2010
Hours before showtime, 10-year-old Gabrielle Atienza peered through a chain-link fence at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, watching as thousands of Justin Bieber fans streamed onto the grassy racetrack infield. Try as she might, Gabrielle couldn't get tickets to last night's sold-out show — the biggest in state fair history — but she was going to get as close to the teen pop idol as she could, which was at least a football field away. Sporting a Bieber T-shirt, button, lanyard and the words "Justin" and "Bieber" written in magic marker on her cheeks, she and her sister had waited since mid-afternoon in a gap between two hedges at the far end of the infield.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2010
Halfway through the Black Eyed Peas' live show, rapper Taboo hops on a neon-glowing motorcycle and, using suspension wires, rides it out above the crowd — all while singing "Rockin' to the Beat. " "You never expect a flying motorcycle to hover over your head during the show," he said. "It takes the show to a different level. " Inspired by the '80s movie "Tron," the motorcycle is one of the more eyebrow-raising moments in a concert that's loaded with dizzying lights, props and special effects.
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