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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.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at


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


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'American Idol 13' recap: Emily Piriz sparkles on Top 13 night

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Contestant Emily Piriz

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“This Is Me” week on “American Idol” proved to be a little more difficult than expected, as some of the Top 13 struggled to express themselves clearly.

Luckily, judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are getting better at their own self-expression. Their criticisms and suggestions – even when contradictory – make sense for the most part, and seem aimed to help the finalists...

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Billy Joel opens vault of unreleased Russian performances

Billy Joel's 1987 tour of the former Soviet

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Previously unreleased material from Billy Joel’s historic Russian concert tour in 1987 will be collected in a new set, “A Matter of Trust – The Bridge to Russia,” due out May 20.

The deluxe edition of the set will feature a remastered version of the Joel concert captured on his “Live in Leningrad, 1987” film, with additional performances, including previously unseen versions of “An Innocent...

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Kanye West's 5 biggest surprises at Nassau Coliseum

Kanye West performs on his Yeezus tour, which

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        Kanye West is always full of surprises.

        However, for the final North American show of his “Yeezus” tour, he was practically a different person from earlier in the tour and from his outrageous controversial public persona.

        Could it be that ‘Ye, a new father...

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Intro 2.24.14: Videos from Young the Giant, Emblem3, Shaggy and more

Young the Giant singer Sameer Gadhia rocks the

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Young the Giant brings more than “Cough Syrup” to Hammerstein Ballroom Friday and Saturday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at


YOUNG THE GIANT, "It's About Time." At Hammerstein...

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'American Idol' Season 13: Top 13 finalists chosen

"AMERICAN IDOL XIII." Malaya Watson performs "Hard Times"

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 “American Idol” set its Top 13 Thursday night, with America picking the top five guys and top five gals and the three judges each picking a wild card contestant.

There were a few surprises, as judge Jennifer Lopez said, “Some that I was rooting for didn’t do as well.” Early favorite Emmanuel Zidor didn’t even get a chance to “sing for his life,” after last night's iffy performance of...

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'American Idol' Season 13: Alex Preston shines in Rush Week

Alex Preston, 20, delivers the best performance of

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Night Two of “American Idol” Rush Week was just as ridiculously rushed as the first. But because the guys knew what was coming, they handled it better than the gals did.

Of course, that isn’t saying too much. While there is a lot of talent in this season’s class of semifinalists, there isn’t a lot of experience. It’s where “The Voice” has shifted the expectations of singing competitions. On...

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