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Singer Paul Simon and wife in court after shoving spat

NORWALK, Connecticut (Reuters) - Grammy Award-winning singer Paul Simon, appeared in a court on Monday with his wife, singer Edie Brickell, after a pushing match at their Connecticut home ended in charges for the pair. Both singers faced a judge in Norwalk Superior Court after their weekend arrest by New Canaan police on disorderly conduct charges stemming from the family dispute.

Dutch singer Mr Probz tops British music charts

LONDON (Reuters) - Dutch hip hop artist turned singer Mr Probz went straight in at the top of the British singles chart on Sunday with his track "Waves", the Official Charts Company said. The single, which has sold nearly 127,000 copies in Britain over the past seven days, has also been a top-10 hit in Belgium, France and the Netherlands after being remixed by German DJ and producer Robin Schulz.

Bearded Austrian drag queen to take on Eurovision

VIENNA (Reuters) - Drag queen Conchita Wurst will take to the European stage as Austria's contender for Eurovision, the song contest that pits nation versus nation and launched the global careers of ABBA and Celine Dion, Wurst's idol. Sporting high-heels, butterfly eyelashes and a full beard, Wurst - real name: Tom Neuwirth - is an unlikely contestant for conservative Austria, which has triumphed just once before, in 1966, with Udo Juergens' gentle chanson "Merci, Cherie".

New Orleans Jazz Fest showcases city's musical 'bloodlines'

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - As crowds flock to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for performances by Eric Clapton and other international stars, many also have their sights on home-grown talents like Trombone Shorty, Aaron Neville and Irvin Mayfield. Local musicians have for decades been mainstays of the seven-day event that begins on Friday and stretches across two weekends in the heart of New Orleans.

Singer James DeBarge, ex-husband to Janet Jackson, arrested for drug possession

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer James DeBarge, who was briefly married to Janet Jackson in the 1980s, was arrested for drug possession in Los Angeles, police said on Friday. Police took DeBarge, 50, into custody on Thursday on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman.

Justin Bieber allegedly celebrates egg pelting in security video

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Home surveillance footage appears to show pop singer Justin Bieber celebrating and laughing with friends after allegedly pelting a neighbor's home with eggs in January, according to an affidavit filed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff. Bieber, 20, has not been charged with a crime in the case, but if he were, it could complicate the pop star's other current legal proceedings in Miami and Toronto.

'Frozen' soundtrack notches biggest sales week, tops Billboard

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack for Disney's hit film "Frozen" notched its 11th nonconsecutive week at the top spot of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, earning its best sales week and becoming the animated-film soundtrack with the longest run at the top of the charts. "Frozen," which features the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go," sold 259,000 copies last week, boosted by Easter holiday shopping, bringing its total U.S. sales to 2.3 million since its release in November 2013.

Composer Tavener to mix with Pet Shop Boys at BBC Proms festival

LONDON (Reuters) - Premieres of two pieces by Britain's late mystical religious composer John Tavener and a staging of the classic musical "Kiss Me Kate" were among the highlights announced on Thursday for the BBC Proms, one of the world's biggest classical music events. The Proms will pay tribute in its 120th season to the centenary of Britain's entry into World War One with a special "War Horse Prom" on August 4, the date Britain declared war on Germany in 1914. The event will feature puppets performing to a suite of music based on the score for the original National Theatre production of the play.

Malians who sang out against conflict get Songlines honors

LONDON (Reuters) - Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate, whose album "Jama Ko" urged his countrymen to stand together just as Mali erupted in conflict, has won the Best Artist accolade in the annual awards for world music magazine Songlines. Tuareg band Tamikrest, who decried the ravages of the war in their album "Chatma", won the Best Group category.

R&B singer Chris Brown's assault trial delayed by bodyguard case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - R&B singer Chris Brown's trial for allegedly assaulting a fan outside a hotel in Washington, D.C., was delayed again on Wednesday after his defense said more time was needed to arrange for the testimony of his bodyguard. Brown, 24, is accused of punching a man who was trying to take his photo near the White House in October. Christopher Hollosy, the singer's 35-year-old bodyguard, was convicted on Monday of misdemeanor assault for hitting the man during the altercation.