Jay Z's 'Magna Carta': promo writ large, but critics hold back By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Jay Z is taking promo to the next level, selling a million copies of his latest album to Samsung for smartphone distribution and going on a six-hour Twitterthon with fans.

The American musician holds the title for most ... ...Read More »
Country singer Randy Travis in critical condition after heart procedure LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ailing U.S. country singer Randy Travis has undergone a procedure to place a device in his heart that will help it pump on its own, his publicist said on Tuesday, as the singer remained in critical condition in a Texas hospital.

Travis, who was admitted to the hospi... ...Read More »
Actress Amanda Bynes' bong-throwing case put off until September By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American actress Amanda Bynes, wearing a long blue wig and sweat pants, appeared briefly in court on Tuesday on charges of marijuana possession and throwing a bong out a window and a judge postponed her case until September.

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Opera tenor Placido Domingo hospitalized in Spain LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Spanish opera tenor Placido Domingo has been admitted to a Madrid hospital after suffering a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in his lung, his U.S. publicist said on Tuesday.

Domingo, 72, was hospitalized on Monday in his hometown and is expected to make a full reco... ...Read More »
Sophia Loren to return to big screen in son's film ROME (Reuters) - Italian actress and long-time Hollywood star Sophia Loren is set to return to the big screen in a short film directed by her son, which they are shooting in Naples this week.

Loren, 78, will star in her son Edoardo Ponti's adaptation of Jean Cocteau's one-person pl... ...Read More »
Elton John postpones summer tour due to appendicitis LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Elton John has postponed a summer tour because he is suffering from appendicitis, his website said on Wednesday.

The 66-year-old Candle in the Wind singer was due to perform in London's Hyde Park on Friday as part of a European tour, but called in th... ...Read More »
Russia fires Bolshoi Theatre boss after acid attack By Timothy Heritage and Maria Tsvetkova

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government dismissed the head of the revered but scandal-plagued Bolshoi Theatre on Tuesday, six months after a hit man hired by one of its dancers threw acid in the face of its ballet director.

An... ...Read More »
Comic book writer bows out from Batman after killing off Robin By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters) - After killing off Batman's Robin and re-inventing the X-Men, Scottish comic book writer Grant Morrison is looking for other superhuman legends to transform with his pen.

Morrison - who has also taken on Spiderman and Superman in... ...Read More »
Britain heads for highest-ever sales of single records LONDON (Reuters) - This year looks set to be the biggest ever for sales of single records in Britain, thanks in part to smash hits like Get Lucky by Daft Punk and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, according to the Official Charts Company.

Single sales have risen by 6 percent in the pas... ...Read More »
U.S. country singer Randy Travis in critical condition -publicist LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. country music legend Randy Travis is in critical condition in a Texas hospital because of complications from a virus, the singer's publicist said on Monday.

Travis, 54, one of country music's best-selling artists who had a string of hits in the 1980s, i... ...Read More »
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