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‘The Dirt’ Review: Netflix’s Mötley Crüe Memoir Pic Flaccid & Bleached Clean

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains details of the movie version of The Dirt Having taken decades to make it to the screen, you kind of knew any adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s 2001 memoir The Dirt was going to be problematic, to put it politely. Infamy has a tiring tendency to downgrade over time to just being lame, which truly is the greatest praise one can heap on this Jeff Tremaine directed pic that debuted today on Netflix. Perhaps due from the limited requirements of… Read

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Chicago’s Long-Running ‘#DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment’ Musical Comedy Makes Off Broadway Date

EXCLUSIVE: Chicago’s long-running #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment is finally making a date with New York City: The offbeat blend of improv, scripted comedy and musical theater will begin performances at Off Broadway’s Westside Theatre this summer. Performances begin June 20 in New York, following a three-year Chicago run. Created by playwright Robyn Lynne Norris, who wrote the show with Bob Ladewig and Frank Caeti, #DateMe is based (loosely, most likely) on Norris’ “social… Read

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‘American Idol’: ABC’s Season 2 Extends Simultaneous Coast-To-Coast Voting

Season 2 of ABC’s American Idol will end with a new twist. The network said today it is extending its coast-to-coast simultaneous voting to the season finale on May 19. Last season, the revived show became the first U.S. reality-competition series in which viewers could watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as it was simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span. This year, Idol will switch to the “simul-vote” on Sunday, April 21 — a week… Read

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“The Wanderer” Singer Dion Scores Latest Broadway-Bound Jukebox Musical

Rock n' Roll Hall-of-Famer Dion DiMucci – best known simply as Dion for his hits including “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer” – is the latest classic rocker to get the jukebox musical treatment. The Wanderer: Based On The Life and Music Of Dion will have its world premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in a 2020 pre-Broadway engagement. Producer Jill Menza announced today that the musical, titled The Wanderer, will open at the Paper Mill in Spring of 2020 prior to… Read

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Yanni Named First ‘In Residence On Broadway’ Performer, Sets Show Dates

The recently announced “In Residence On Broadway” series has named its first star: Yanni. The multi-instrumentalist and composer will take the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre stage with Pure Yanni: An Intimate Evening With Yanni and His Piano May 28-June 2. The announcement was made by Live Nation, The Araca Group and EBG (Entertainment Benefits Group), the partnership that announced the In Residence series of solo or concert-style shows last week. Yanni is the first performer to… Read

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MySpace Loses 12 Years Of Uploaded Music Due To A Server Issue

MySpace, which was once the most trafficked website on the internet, has admitted that some 50 million user-uploaded songs as well as other files have been lost due to a server malfunction. Concern has been mounting on Reddit and on social media over the past year as users who kept their files on MySpace started having trouble accessing their music. The affected files are from 2003 and 2015 and come from about 14 million recording artists. The company, now a unit of… Read

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Dick Dale Dies: ‘Surf Guitar King’ And TV/Film Soundtrack Staple Was 81

Dick Dale, whose jangly, reverb-heavy surf guitar style was the soundtrack on numerous film and TV productions, died on Saturday. No cause was given, but Dale had been in ill health for a number of years, even as he kept up a crowded touring schedule. Dale’s music was a featured attraction in such films as Pulp Fiction, Escape From L.A., Space Jam, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Garfield 2, among many others. He was equally prolific in TV music, and even had a few… Read

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Apple Rips Spotify Complaint In Europe As “Misleading Rhetoric”

Apple has issued a lengthy response to Spotify’s complaint before European Commission regulators, which was issued earlier this week. The iPhone maker dismisses it as “misleading rhetoric” that conceals its streaming competitor’s financial motives. Spotify told the EC that Apple’s 30% “tax” on Spotify streams represents an “unfair advantage” that hinders competition. Other companies have long had the same issue with the environment of the App Store. In its response, Apple… Read

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Spotify Targets Apple With European Commission Complaint About Music Service, Alleging “Unfair Advantage” Due To Fees For Streaming

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Spotify has filed a complaint against Apple with European Commission regulators, alleging the so-called “Apple tax” gives Apple an “unfair advantage” over rival companies. Apple launched Apple Music in 2015 in a bid to compete with Spotify in the burgeoning streaming music space. Spotify said it had chosen Europe instead of a U.S. venue because it is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Echoing complaints from other media companies, Spotify says Apple charges Spotify a 30%… Read

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Stellar Awards Return To BET After 15-Year Hiatus

EXCLUSIVE: The Stellar Awards, honoring the best in gospel music, is returning to BET after a nearly 15-year hiatus. BET acquired the rights and will air the awards show produced by Central City Productions, for the first time since 2005. The 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards presented by AT&T will be taped in front of an audience at Las Vegas' Orleans Arena on Friday, March 29, 2019. It will air Friday, April 19 at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT and 10 PM ET/9 PM CT on… Read

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Spotify And Hulu Cut Price Of Joint Bundle, Offer Hulu With Ads For Free To Current Spotify Premium Subscribers

Hulu and Spotify Premium are slashing the price of their combo bundle, with Hulu’s ad-supported plan being made available for free to current Spotify Premium subscribers. Starting today through June 10 (or while supplies last, the companies advised), new subscribers to Spotify Premium can sign up for $9.99 a month. That’s down from the $12.99 a month launch price introduced last spring when the co-branded music and video streaming offering hit the market, building on a… Read

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Danny Elfman Adds Music To Broadway’s ‘Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’; Previews Begin Tonight

Composer Danny Elfman will contribute original music to Broadway’s Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, the latest surprise for the show that begins previews tonight. Elfman’s arrival was announced today by producer Scott Rudin. Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac, the comedy was to have started preview performances this past Saturday. The weekend performances were canceled and, for the second time since original co-star Andrea Martin dropped out of the… Read