1. Aretha Franklin Feeling Fit, Ready To Impress at Ohio State Fair

    July 30, 2014 12:03 AM EDT Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food. "I love the state fair, and I love the elephant ears," says the Queen of Soul, who is scheduled to perform Thursday night. There may be plenty of opportunities for…

  2. Scientists Name Water Mite After Jennifer Lopez

    July 16, 2014 11:55 PM EDT Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico. The music of the Bronx, New York-born entertainer who has Puerto Rican roots was a hit with the group while they wrote about…

  3. Russia Launches Song Contests As 'Alternative' To Eurovision

    May 27, 2014 12:13 AM EDT In the wake of this year's Eurovision win by cross-dresser Conchita Wurst, Russia's defense ministry is running a children and youth song contest, billed as "an alternative to bearded Eurovision," while another song contest, seen as having a similar mission, will take…

  4. Russian Politicians Slam 'Bearded Lady' Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Win

    May 13, 2014 5:39 AM EDT Russian officials have made scathing remarks about Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Song Contest victory. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, known for his anti-Western views, slammed the choice of Wurst as the contest's winner in a post on his Twitter account: "Eurovision showed…

  5. Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Song Contest

    May 10, 2014 8:41 PM EDT The Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The song, "Rise Like a Phoenix," helped Wurst --…

  6. Peter Gabriel Cancels Concert in Ukraine Over Security Concerns

    May 09, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Peter Gabriel has canceled a planned concert in Kiev on May 10 over security concerns against the backdrop of the ongoing political turmoil in Ukraine. "Due to the on-going unrest in Ukraine it has become clear that the security of the touring personnel and equipment cannot be guaranteed…

  7. Pussy Riot Members to Attend NYC Literary Event

    April 29, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Two members of Pussy Riot will be attending a literary celebration that already includes Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Robert Caro on the guest list. Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova are expected at the PEN American Center Literary Gala, PEN announced Monday. The event is scheduled…

  8. Hillary Clinton Praises Pussy Riot As ‘Strong & Brave’

    April 09, 2014 3:34 AM EDT Hillary Clinton is praising Russian punk band Pussy Riot as "strong and brave young women" who "refuse to let their voices be silenced." The former secretary of state posted a picture to her more than 1 million Twitter followers of her posing with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova…

  9. Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake to Play Finland Despite U.S. Sanctions

    April 08, 2014 7:34 AM EDT The Russian owners of Helsinki, Finland's Hartwall Arena are facing visa bans and asset freezes following Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine U.S. sanctions against a Russian-owned arena won't stop Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour from getting to Finland in…

  10. Sanctions May Trip Up Concerts By Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake in Finland

    April 03, 2014 9:20 AM EDT U.S. sanctions against close allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin are putting concerts by American artists at Finland's largest concert venue at risk. In the coming months, tours from Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake are scheduled to stop at Helsinki's Hartwall Arena, which…

  11. Pussy Riot Members Detained Alongside 200 Others in Moscow Protest

    February 24, 2014 11:27 AM EST Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two Pussy Riot members recently whipped by Cossacks in Sochi immediately following a media blitz in New York, have been arrested again while taking part in a protest outside of a Moscow courtroom. The pair was detained alongside an estimated 200…

  12. Pussy Riot Release Protest Music Video Shot Near Olympics: Watch

    February 20, 2014 8:05 AM EST "Putin Will Teach You How to Love Your Motherland" shows the band wearing ski masks and getting beaten by a Russian militia in front of a sporting venue in Sochi. Russian punk band Pussy Riot unveiled a music video for a new protest song titled "Putin Will Teach You How to Love…

  13. Pussy Riot Members Whipped By Police Near Sochi Olympics: Video

    February 19, 2014 12:31 PM EST Cossack militia attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with whips and removed members' trademark ski masks in the Olympic host city on Wednesday (Feb. 19). The group had gathered in a downtown Sochi restaurant, about 30 kilometres from where the Winter Olympics are being held. They ran out…

  14. Pussy Riot Members Released From Custody in Sochi

    February 18, 2014 11:49 PM EST Meanwhile, a prison official is suing Tolokonnikova for libel; she stated that he "basically rules the prison" Sochi police have released ex-Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were detained earlier today and questioned about a robbery. This wasn'…

  15. Pussy Riot Members Say They Were Arrested at Olympics

    February 18, 2014 7:40 AM EST A member of the punk group Pussy Riot said she and one her bandmates were detained Tuesday while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote on Twitter that she and Maria Alekhina were stopped and accused of a crime. She said a third member of…

  16. (Don't) Call Me: Blondie Rejects Offer to Perform at Sochi Olympics

    February 10, 2014 9:30 AM EST Blondie has revealed that they rejected an offer to perform at the Sochi Olympics because of Russia's violations against human rights, including the country's recent anti-gay laws.  On her Twitter account, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry published a scan of the printed offer to…

  17. Pussy Riot: Wayward Members Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina No Longer in Band

    February 06, 2014 9:53 PM EST As Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are visiting the United States, their former fellow Pussy Riot members issued a statement calling on the media to no longer link the two to the feminist punk band. "As it happened that we and [Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina] are now on the…

  18. Russian Pop Act t.A.T.u. Performing at Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony: Report

    February 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST MOSCOW - The fake lesbian Russian pop act t.A.T.u., who enjoyed global popularity in the mid-2000s, will perform at the Sochi Olympics' opening ceremony on Feb. 7, the Russian media reported . According to reports, which quoted eyewitnesses of the ceremony's rehearsals, Lena Katina…

  19. Madonna Introduces Pussy Riot at Amnesty Concert; Lauryn Hill, Yoko Ono, Flaming Lips Perform at Benefit in Brooklyn

    February 06, 2014 10:48 AM EST "The truth will always win. Even if it dies in battle." Two freed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot brought International clout and an intense message of hope and struggle to Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert Wednesday at Brooklyn's…

  20. Elton John Challenges Russia's New Anti-Gay Law

    January 23, 2014 3:42 AM EST Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is declaring his support of the Russian people, and he says they still accept him despite that country's harsh new anti-gay law. Passed last year, the so-called "gay propaganda" law bans promotion of "non-traditional sexual relations"…

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