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Tunisia polls give ex-regime figure the edge BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A veteran politician from the previous regime that ran on a platform of restoring the prestige of the state took the lead in Tunisia’s first free and fair presidential election Sunday, according to exit polls. But there will still likely be a runoff next month. Beji Caid Essebsi, 87, [...]

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Timberlake becomes co-owner of audio tech company

  NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/20 sound experience when you listen to music: He’s now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc. AfterMaster, a subsidiary of Studio One Media Inc., announced Wednesday that the Grammy-winning pop star will join the company, which [...]

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‘Rock of Ages’ will close on Broadway in January

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the final countdown for Broadway’s only hair metal musical. Producers of “Rock of Ages” said Tuesday that the show — now the 27th longest running show in Broadway history — will close Jan. 18, 2015 after more than 2,300 performances. “Rock of Ages” tells the story of a small [...]

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Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

  The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 16 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk” (RCA Records) 2. alt-J, “Left Hand [...]

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Bob Marley heirs join US firm to launch pot brand

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A U.S. private equity firm announced Tuesday it has joined the family of late reggae star Bob Marley in hopes of building what it touts as the “world’s first global cannabis brand.” Seattle-based Privateer Holdings announced Tuesday it has reached a licensing deal with Marley’s heirs to offer marijuana [...]

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Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel honored by ASCAP

NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder gave an emotional speech that silenced the crowd, Garth Brooks was misty eyed and Billy Joel was classic when he performed “New York State of Mind.” The ASCAP Centennial Awards on Monday night honored the musical icons — including Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim — at a gala in [...]

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Wendy Williams ‘proud’ of ‘Aaliyah’ TV movie

NEW YORK (AP) — Though the Lifetime movie “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” drew criticism from fans upset with casting and the way it depicts Aaliyah’s life, executive producer Wendy Williams says she wouldn’t do anything differently if she had it to do again. Aaliyah fans took to Twitter, criticizing everything from the movie’s casting [...]

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Disney to help New York theatergoers with tickets

  NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is giving an early Christmas present to theatergoers in New York — the gift of flexibility. Disney Theatrical Productions is letting ticketholders to its Broadway shows — “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” — the chance to switch the dates they see the musicals for any reason as long as [...]

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Solange Knowles weds video director

    NEW YORK (AP) — Solange Knowles is known for her fashion as much as her music, and her weekend wedding didn’t disappoint. Her publicist confirmed Sunday that the 28-year-old singer (and sister of Beyonce) wed 51-year-old video director Alan Ferguson over the weekend. The bride and groom both wore ivory, a color also worn [...]

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Chopin’s heart exhumed in secret, like a relic

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for [...]

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AC/DC drummer lives at full speed among retirees

TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was the toast of this quiet New Zealand coastal community when he celebrated the launch of his surprise solo album at his marina restaurant, Phil’s Place. Even the mayor was there. Less than three months later, posters promoting the album plaster the windows of his waterfront [...]

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