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Jennifer Hudson, Pentatonix set for typhoon victims benefit at MSG

Jennifer Hudson attends God's Love We Deliver 2013

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Jennifer Hudson, Pentatonix and A Great Big World will join artists of Filipino descent — including Black Eyed Peas’, “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez and Oscar-winning “Frozen” songwriter Robert Lopez — for a benefit for Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The concert will be Tuesday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and also will feature appearances by Dr. Mehmet...

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Paul Simon & Sting's Madison Square Garden setlist, surprises

Sting and Paul Simon perform together at Madison

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Paul Simon and Sting’s “On Stage Together” tour has been a head-scratcher since it was announced.

Wasn’t Simon’s music part of what the punks and new wavers led by Sting and The Police rebelling against in the late ‘70s? Well, after seeing them together for two hours and 40 minutes Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, it all becomes a little clearer.

Simon and Sting like each other...

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Jared Leto, 30 Seconds to Mars set for Jones Beach

Jared Leto (accompanied by his long, luscious locks)

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Jared Leto isn’t taking it easy after his Oscar win Sunday night.

The reigning best supporting actor for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club” has already set up a summer tour with his band 30 Seconds to Mars and rockers Linkin Park.

“The Carnivores Tour,” which will also feature openers AFI, kicks off Aug. 8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and includes a stop at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on...

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Intro 3.3.14: Videos from Ashanti, Paul Simon, Broods and more

Glen Cove native Ashanti is a Grammy Award-winning

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Ashanti celebrates her new album “Braveheart” at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill on Monday.

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ASHANTI, “I Got It.” At BB King’s Monday.


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