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'Frozen' hits sales high note, holds throne on top of Billboard

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" showed no signs of slowing down four months after its release, as sales for the album hit a high note and held the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. "Frozen," which features the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go," sold 202,000 copies last week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, its biggest sales week since its November 25 release.

Singer Kate Bush announces first live shows in 35 years

LONDON (Reuters) - Kate Bush, the best-selling British singer-songwriter who rose to international fame in 1979 with her debut single, "Wuthering Heights," and has not toured since then, announced on her website on Friday that she will do 15 live shows this summer. The "Before the Dawn" show will open on August 26 at London's Eventim Apollo venue, to be followed by three more dates that month and 11 shows in September, her official website says.

Kate Bush to play London gigs, 35 years after only tour

British singer Kate Bush on Friday announced a surprise series of live shows in London later this year, 35 years after her one and only tour. The 55-year-old, who recently launched a new album, "50 Words For Snow", will play 15 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo in August and September, she announced on her website. Bush had her first number one in Britain at the age of 19 with "Wuthering Heights" in 1978, and went on tour the following year.

Lady Gaga adds K-pop act to North America tour

K-pop made fresh inroads Thursday when Lady Gaga revealed that South Korean girl group Crayon Pop will open her upcoming summer concerts in Canada and the United States. "I'm excited to announce June 26 through July 22 of Lady Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball will be opened by CRAYON POP!," the "Mother Monster" announced on her @ladygaga Twitter feed. The candy-colored quintet topped the K-pop charts last year when their danceable ditty "Bar Bar Bar" -- featuring their signature helmets and piston-style line dancing -- went viral on YouTube.

Rapper Chris Brown ordered to remain in custody

A US judge ordered US rapper Chris Brown on Monday to remain behind bars for allegedly breaching his probation stemming from his notorious 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna. The 24-year-old, arrested Friday after being booted out of a rehab facility in Malibu, will have to stay in custody until a probation violation hearing on April 23. Judge James Brandlin said he found it troubling that Brown had told a group therapy session there: "I am good at using guns and knives," prompting his ejection from the center for drug and anger management.

US judge revokes rapper Chris Brown's probation

US rapper Chris Brown was arrested Friday for allegedly breaching his probation stemming from the troubled singer's notorious 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna, police said. The TMZ celebrity news website said the 24-year-old was taken into custody after being booted out of a rehab facility in Malibu for substance abuse and anger management, where he has spent the last four months.

Shakira opens charity school in Colombia shanty

Lomas de Peye residents used to fear that a strong gust of wind from the Caribbean would be enough to knock down their school. Then Shakira came to their aid. The pop superstar recently traveled to this shanty town in Cartagena, on Colombia's northern coastline, to inaugurate a new 8,000 square meter brick school paid for through her charity foundation. The $10 million school, built with funds from local and international donors Shakira's own money, includes a football field and enough classrooms for 1,700 students.

U2 rolls back next album to 2015

U2 are pushing back the release of their 13th album to 2015 despite a new single and many high-profile media appearances, music industry journal Billboard said Friday. Citing anonymous sources, it said the Irish mega band fronted by Bono has scheduled additional sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, although Danger Mouse remains the project's central producer.

ScHoolboy Q knocks 'Frozen' from top spot on Billboard 200

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hip hop artist ScHoolboy Q knocked Disney's juggernaut soundtrack "Frozen" from the top spot of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. "Oxymoron," the third studio album from ScHoolboy Q and the first to be released through a major label, Universal Music Group's Interscope Records, sold 139,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Show will go on for comic George Lopez after intoxication arrest at Ont. casino

WINDSOR, Ont. - A casino in southwestern Ontario says a performance by George Lopez will go on as scheduled Friday night after the U.S. comic was arrested for public intoxication. Ceasars Windsor spokeswoman Jhoan (JOANNE) Baluyot says Lopez's comedy show is continuing as planned. A photo posted on Twitter appears to show Lopez passed out on the floor of the casino late Thursday night. Provincial police say officers stationed at the casino arrested Lopez for allegedly being intoxicated in a public place, then turned him over to local police.
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