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Czech novelist Ludvik Vaculik dies, aged 88

Czech novelist and former dissident Ludvik Vaculik, who wrote the Two Thousand Words manifesto during the 1968 Prague Spring, has died, aged 88. The June 1968 manifesto demanded openness from officials in the then Czechoslovakia and called for the resignation of those who misused power. Two months later, Soviet-led forces invaded the country, ending hopes […]

June 7th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

British acts account for 1 in 7 albums sold worldwide

One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay helped UK artists account for one in seven of the albums sold globally during 2014, the BPI has said. With 13.7% of worldwide sales, it’s the highest British share since the BPI began recording those figures in 2000. Sales of albums by British artists rose in Canada, Australia, Italy […]

June 4th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

Enrique Iglesias hand injury is ‘worse than expected’

Enrique Iglesias’s hand injuries are worse than expected, his spokesperson has said. The 40-year-old sliced his fingers open when he tried to grab a drone camera, which was taking pictures of the audience, at a concert on Saturday. Following reconstructive surgery on Monday, it was announced he would need several weeks to recover. “The damage […]

June 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

Enrique Iglesias injured in concert drone mishap

Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias has been receiving treatment after two of his fingers were injured by a drone camera during a concert in Mexico. The singer had been attempting to grab the drone, used to get crowd shots during his concerts. “Something went wrong and he had an accident,” a representative for the singer revealed […]

June 1st, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

Tracy Morgan settles Walmart crash lawsuit

Comic and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan has settled his legal case against Walmart over a crash which left him seriously injured, and killed his friend. A Walmart truck crashed in to the back of Morgan’s limo in June 2014, with prosecutors alleging the driver had not slept for more than 24 hours. Comedian James […]

May 28th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

Broadway enjoys record season

New York’s theatreland has enjoyed its best ever season, breaking box office and attendance records. The Broadway League said takings in 2014-2015 were up 7.6% to $1.36bn (£883m). Attendance also climbed with 13.1 million theatregoers watching a show – a rise of 7.3% on the previous season. The bumper figures were helped by musicals such […]

May 27th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

BB King’s death to be investigated as murder

A murder investigation has been launched into the death of blues legend BB King after two of his daughters claimed he was poisoned. Karen Williams and Patty King said the musician was given “foreign substances to induce his premature death” by his business manager Laverne Toney. Lawyers for King’s estate said the claims are unfounded […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

Eurovision Song Contest: Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow wins

Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow has triumphed at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, beating Russia’s Polina Gagarina. Zelmerlow won with his upbeat pop track Heroes, which was accompanied by innovative animated visuals. Italy were third, followed by Belgium. Australia finished fifth in the country’s first Eurovision appearance. The UK’s 1920s-influenced swing act Electro Velvet […]

May 24th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

Eurovision: Ireland and Portugal out

Ireland, the most successful country in Eurovision history, has crashed out of this year’s competition after failing to make it through the semi-final. The seven-time winners couldn’t muster enough votes for their youngest ever entrant, 17-year-old Molly Sterling. Iceland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Malta, Portugal and San Marino also failed to make the cut. Sweden, […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

David Letterman saluted by stars on final Late Show

Four US presidents have joined stars including Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld and Foo Fighters to pay tribute to TV host David Letterman on his final late night talk show. Letterman has bowed out after 33 years and 6,028 late-night broadcasts. He joked that physicist Stephen Hawking had calculated it “works out to about […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »