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August 16, 2008 | Mikael Wood, Special to The Times
Thursday night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Robin Thicke introduced "Dream World," a track from "Something Else" (due out Sept. 9), by telling the packed room that the song is about "an ideal world with no racism and no poverty." The tune offers a few more features of Thicke's utopia: "The ice caps wouldn't be melted," and "energy would fall down from the sky." Oh, and also -- the singer "wouldn't be so damn sensitive." Yeah, right.
September 24, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Nothing Miley Cyrus does shocks us anymore. No, seriously, nothing does. We just read all the way through her new Rolling Stone interview - in which she gets the bottoms of her feet tattooed, drinks booze underage in a club, cusses nearly nonstop and jumps out of a perfectly good airplane - and the impression we're left with is a distinct "meh. " Did we mention the 20-year-old poses topless for the cover? Yeah, that too. But the piece did find her dishing on some of the men in her life, and that was kind of interesting.
December 10, 2013 | By Michael Ordona
"I think I started with drums," says Pharrell Williams. He launches into the strong, clean, distinctive beat to the "Despicable Me 2" song "Happy" with his hands slapping his lap, then vocally adds more and more percussion sounds: "You know what I mean?" Even without instruments, singing the word "music" for the rave-up organ line and tapping on his body in this nearly empty meeting room at the Four Seasons, he brings out the song's giddy dance-party feel: "'It might seem crazy, what I'm 'bout to say … music, music, music, music," he sings in a '60s croon somewhere between Curtis Mayfield and Jackie Wilson, "Sunshine, she's here, you can take a break … music, music, music, music ….' "So that led the whole feeling for the track.
September 8, 2013 | By Alice Short
Poor Miley Cyrus . Apparently, she's been kicked off the cover of December Vogue. Unless you've been, say, trekking for several weeks in Bhutan, you undoubtedly recall her rather infamous performance at the recent MTV Video Music Awards . Her jam with Robin Thicke and that giant foam finger was rather ... lascivious. At the time it seemed she wasn't really worked up about the controversy. Ministry of Gossip columnist Christie D'Zurilla reported her as saying: "Me and Robin, the whole time, said, 'You know we're about to make history right now.'" But it sounds as if Vogue editor Anna Wintour was making a little history herself.
November 25, 2011 | By Matt Donnelly, Los Angeles Times
New Irish pub alert: Rock & Reilly's on Sunset Boulevard (a Blarney stone's throw from the Viper Room) has attracted curious visitors Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Piven, Geoff Stults, Darren Criss and Lauren Conrad .... Glamour magazine hosting a book party for Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" at the Roosevelt's Spare Room, drawing Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, Aziz Ansari, Nicole Richie and Anna Faris .... Beverly Boulevard eatery Sherbourne hosting American Eagle's celebration of Nylon magazine covergirl Rachel Bilson , with Ashlee Simpson and her "Boardwalk Empire" beau Vincent Piazza, Trevor Donovan and night life player Scott Sartiano .... The Black Eyed Peas ( Fergie,, and Taboo )
August 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Last week, we brought you news that Robert Glasper, the wide-ranging jazz pianist, would release a new album by his band the Robert Glasper Experiment on Oct. 29. Now you can hear the album's lead single, "Calls," below. A luscious neo-soul cut with vocals by R&B singer Jill Scott, the track comes from Glasper's sequel to last year's "Black Radio," which won the Grammy Award for R&B album. In addition to Scott, "Black Radio 2" is to feature guest spots by singers and rappers including Anthony Hamilton, Snoop Dogg, Common and Faith Evans, as well as Patrick Stump of the emo-rock band Fall Out Boy. (That one should be interesting.)
July 8, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month jail sentence Monday after pleading guilty last year to not paying approximately $1 million in taxes. The singer and rapper, best known as a member of the Fugees, reported to the federal prison in Danbury, Conn., according to the Associated Press , which quoted a Bureau of Prisons spokesman. Following the completion of her stint there, she's to spend an additional three months under home confinement, the AP said. Hill was sentenced in May, the result of leaving taxes on earnings of over $2 million unpaid from 2005 to 2009.
August 27, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Is it because she came of age as Disney's Hannah Montana , the country girl with the secret career as a pop star, and we just can't stand it when child stars grow up? Is it because she is a young white woman who appropriated a piece of black culture to convey her urban bona fides onstage? (Hello every white rock star who ever lived.) Or maybe because stars in the audience seemed unengaged by her antics? PHOTOS: Best and Worst of MTV VMAs 2013 It's not exactly clear why 20-year-old Miley Cyrus' grinding medley of “We Can't Stop” and “Blurred Lines” on Sunday night at MTV's Video Music Awards pushed so many cultural buttons.
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