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Justin Timberlake cancels MSG show due to health reasons

Justin Timberlake will make up tonight's canceled show

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Justin Timberlake rescheduled his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden Wednesday due to health reasons, only hours before he was supposed to take the stage.

“There is never an easy way to do this... Unfortunately, I have to postpone tonight's show to Friday,” Timberlake Tweeted at 5:40 p.m. “I am truly sorry to everyone that have tickets for tonight. It kills me to have to do this. I hope...

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'American Idol' Season 13: Malaya Watson charms on Rush Week

"American Idol 13" semifinalist Malaya Watson, 16, of

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In case there was any doubt whether “American Idol” meant it when they said the focus of this season would be on having the singers do their best, um, we got the first Rush Week.

Rush Week is all about trying to make “good TV,” having the 15 semi-finalists sit in a room not knowing whether they were going to get a chance to sing until minutes before they had to go on. It succeeds in creating...

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CeeLo Green leaving 'The Voice'

"The Voice" judge CeeLo Green on the Sept.

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CeeLo Green won’t be turning his chair for “The Voice” any longer.

One of the singing competition’s original four judges, Green told Ellen DeGeneres on a show airing today that he would not be returning for a seventh season of “The Voice." (Green was already sitting out the sixth season, which begins on Monday.)

“I don’t want to wear out my welcome,” Green told DeGeneres, adding that...

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'American Idol 13': Top 31 semi-finalists start battling Tuesday

'AMERICAN IDOL XIII': Left to right, Keith Urban,

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Right now, “American Idol” feels broken – not smashed beyond repair the way it seemed destined to be after the failed Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj experiment, but still pretty messed up.

Though the lengthy audition process, which wrapped up last week when they selected the 30 – well, 31 – finalists, was much more streamlined than in the past, they ended up with new problems. There were many singers...

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Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum at Jones Beach seats available early through Country Megaticket

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Looking to snag tickets early to the upcoming Rascal Flatts (May 30) and Lady Antebellum (July 27) shows at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater?

Well, Live Nation is giving country fans that opportunity with the 2014 edition of the Country Megaticket. Tickets for the Rascal Flatts show, which includes openers Sheryl Crow and Gloriana, and the Lady Antebellum show, which includes Billy Currington...

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Jimmy Buffett to play Jones Beach

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band is

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Though we’re still in between snowstorms, Jimmy Buffett is doing his part to generate some summer daydreaming by announcing an Aug. 21 show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.

Part of his “This One’s for You” tour, Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band are still promoting his “Songs from St. Somewhere” album.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer than with Jimmy Buffett back...

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Morrissey sets tour, with Barclays Center show in June

British singer Morrissey performs at the 53rd annual

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Morrissey is planning a busy 2014, including releasing his first new album in five years and an international tour, set to stop at Barclays Center on June 21.

The recently minted best-selling author, thanks to his “Autobiography” that topped sales charts in England and Ireland, recently finished recording the album in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli and will release it on Harvest Records...

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Intro 2.17.14: Videos from Kanye West, Rhye, APB and more

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Kanye West will wrap up the North American leg of his “Yeezus” tour at Nassau Coliseum Sunday.

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


KANYE WEST, “Bound 2.” At Nassau Coliseum...

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De La Soul's entire catalog free today

De La Soul toured in 2013 with fellow

De La Soul is taking Valentine’s Day to a whole new level. The pioneering hip-hop trio from Amityville is celebrating its 25th anniversary by making its entire catalog available for free download on its website for 25 hours starting at 11 a.m.

"It's about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it," De La Soul's Posdnuos told Rolling...

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Billy Joel adds November Madison Square Garden show

Billy Joel during his July 16, 2008, concert

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Billy Joel has added an 11th show in his open-ended Madison Square Garden run, extending the series to November.

Tickets for the Nov. 25 show – yes, that’s Thanksgiving Eve eve, party planners – go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster, along with tickets for the previously announced Oct. 2 show. Prices are $64.50-$124.50.

Joel’s run is currently sold out through September.


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