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Nazril 'Ariel' Irham, Indonesia Pop Star, On Trial For Sex Tapes

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Indonesian pop star is on trial for distributing pornography after two sex tapes, said to feature him and two fellow celebrities, leaked online, the...

Justin Bieber: A Father's Perspective

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

I feel like a King when I make my daughter smile. Imagine how a performer feels when they accomplish that for 20,000 fans.

Out 100: Ricky Martin, Nate Berkus, Johnny Weir Among The Gay Honorees At Out Magazine Bash (PHOTOS)

Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Curtis M. Wong

The "Out 100" party has the distinction of being one of the few events where political hopefuls chat up pop artists, and reality TV stars are greeted with the same enthusiasm as porn actors as well as one notoriously disgruntled flight attendant.

Kylie Minogue Flash Mob Staged At Sydney Opera House (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It's a rare event when three of a nation's greatest icons come together, but that's exactly what happened Nov. 14 when a group of Aussie dancers paid ...

Sara May Bikini PHOTOS: Polish Pop Singer Katarzyna Szczolek Uses Hot Shots For Warsaw Election Campaign

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Polish singer says she is determined to break out of pop music and into local politics -- so much so that she's taken to distributing scintillating ...

BLOGWATCH> Beck's Record Club Writes and Records Albums In 24 Hours

Beck's Record Club | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Beck and a cast of musicians gather and record an album in a day, and the videos are rough, and unrehearsed, and sometimes incredible....

The Immortal Michael Jackson Sings Again with "Breaking News"

Tamara Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tamara Conniff

The topic of Michael Jackson is an emotional one. I waiver between disgust at Michael Jackson mania and exploitation and awe at how well his legacy is...

Nonsensical 'Barbra Streisand' Song Sweeps Through Europe

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

"Barbra Streisand," a dance song whose only lyric is the name of the legendary chanteuse has swept through Europe. DJ duo Duck Sauce, DJs A-Trak (aka...

"Rain" On Their Parade: Why the NY Times review of "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles On Broadway" is All Wet

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James Rotondi

In his hugely condescending review of the newly opened show, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway, ("Another Long and Winding Detour," Oct. 26, ...

Forgive Me, I Do Not Like The Arcade Fire

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Morford

No matter how hard I try, my musical sensibilities simply refuse to enjoy the current gods of cool indie music, the band known as The Arcade Fire.

10 New Music Artists to Watch This Autumn

Joshua Glazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joshua Glazer

I can't even imagine how music fans with jobs that don't involve surfing the web all day can keep up with all the good music out there. With that in mind, URB has assembled a list of our fave new artists.

In the Age of Gaga and Tanking Concert Sales, Lyle Lovett's Showmanship Endures

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Art Levine

Lyle Lovett's tour offered a model of what a great show should be like, sweetened by the sort of sensible prices that were especially appealing on a recent August evening.

Scissor Sisters Offer High-Camp Theatrics, Electro-Driven Pop Grooves At Terminal 5

Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Curtis M. Wong

The throng loitering along 11th Avenue on Wednesday night was an eclectic, gender-blurring mix unlike any other. Club kids in Ed Hardy chatted up dra...

Robbie Williams Goes Brokeback

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Only the Brits would ever be cheeky enough to do something like this. Robbie Williams has reunited with boy band supergroup Take That but first he has a new single off his greatest hits compilation.

Rufus Talks Lulu - Plays Denver August 17

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Thomas Gladysz

Also, to be frank, I am a strong believer that art is tied to the ways of the world. We are in a period of cutbacks and downsizing. So, there was also a very practical reason why I had to do it - I had to survive like everyone else in these challenging times.

German Pop Star On Trial For Spreading HIV

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DARMSTADT, Germany — A German singer facing accusations that she infected a man with the virus that causes AIDS acknowledged in court Monday tha...

(Alpha) Rev Your Engines: Austin Band Brings Substance to the Pop World

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

In a pop world dominated by weightless lyrics about Popsicle stickin' "California Gurls," it's so refreshing that Austin's Alpha Rev has broken through with their deeply meaningful, heavy yet airy brand of pop rock with indie soul.

Vietnamese Singer Attacked By Anti-Communist 'Freedom Fighter' In Drag

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

What seemed to be a tender moment during Vietnamese pop star Dam Vinh Hung's California performance turned ugly when an anti-communist activist dresse...

A Date With Darling Lilith, Part 1

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

To know Lilith is to love her. Unfortunately, more than a few of her former paramours apparently can live without her.

Artwork Revealed for Mike Posner Debut Album

Daniel Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Roberts

Rising pop star and recent Duke University graduate Mike Posner has released the cover artwork for his first full-length album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff.

Music Review: Scissor Sister's Night Work, A Queer & Sexy Mindtrip

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Waymon Hudson

I have a confession. I am now, and have always been, hopelessly obsessed with the quirky, queer band Scissor Sisters. But their latest album entitled Night Workis something entirely different.

Idol Season 9: Top 5 -- Aaron Swings On Home

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In a week I found underwhelming, who will be the bottom three? I'd say Aaron, Casey and Michael with Aaron and Casey in the bottom two and Casey going home. What did you think of the singers and their song choices?

Idol Season 9: Top 6 -- Siobhan Sent Packing!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Crystal kept talking back when she should have taken her weak reviews humbly. The problem was that her singing wasn't very good.

Indonesian Pop Star Faces Possible Jail Time Over Sex Tape

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Police say they have detained a popular Indonesian singer over a sex-tape scandal. Pop star Nazril Irham, better known as ...

Vinyl Is Forever: In Praise of Indie Record Stores

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Rotondi

This piece was originally posted at the MTV Music Blog For those who only buy their music on iTunes, Amazon.com, or other online digital music servic...