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Boy bands top American Music Awards, ladies lead performances

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Boy bands bested pop's leading women in the top award categories at the American Music Awards on Sunday, but the ladies delivered the most high-octane performances including a derriere-flaunting number by Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea.

Sting takes bold gamble to save his 'Last Ship' musical

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British rock star Sting is joining the cast of his deeply personal Broadway musical "The Last Ship," calling it a bold gamble to save the show from sinking.

German industrial band raises ghosts of World War One in 'Lament'

BERLIN (Reuters) - The metallic clank and screech of cult German industrial band Einstuerzende Neubauten's homemade instruments are chillingly appropriate for "Lament", their idiosyncratic performance for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

Katy Perry to headline NFL's 2015 Super Bowl halftime show: NFL

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Katy Perry will headline the halftime entertainment at February's Super Bowl, the most-watched U.S. sporting and television event, according to an announcement by the National Football League on Sunday.

Sting to join cast of his troubled Broadway musical 'The Last Ship'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sting will join the cast of his Broadway musical "The Last Ship" next month in a bid to push up flagging ticket sales for the $15 million show, the New York Times reported on its website on Sunday.

Celebrity song to aid fight against Africa Ebola crisis tops UK charts

Band Aid 30's reworked version of "Do They Know it's Christmas", a song intended to raise money to fight the spread of Ebola in Africa, went straight to the top of Britain's single charts on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said.

U.S. politics takes center stage at Latin Grammys

Enrique Iglesias and Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler were the big winners at the annual Latin Grammys on Thursday in a ceremony where U.S. immigration politics played a prominent role.

Taylor Swift's '1989' tops U.S. Billboard album chart again

Taylor Swift's "1989" topped the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for the third consecutive week on Wednesday.

U2's Bono fitted with metal plates, screws after bike accident

Bono, frontman of the Irish rock group U2, required hours of surgery for fractures to his face and shoulder blade and to have metal plates inserted in his arm after a cycling accident in New York's Central Park, Rolling Stone magazine said on Wednesday.

Director Peter Sellars - shocking again in new Adams opera

Peter Sellars's new opera opens with a drug addict banging her head against the bars of a prison cell in what the American director says conceptualises a woman's version of the Passion.