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Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina Escapes Russia Amid Putin’s Crackdown on Dissidents

Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina Escapes Russia Amid Putin’s Crackdown on Dissidents

One of Putin’s most prominent detractors, best known for her work as a member of the Russian activist punk band and performance art collective, has fled the country amid the war with Ukraine. Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina has fled Russia amid President Vladimir V. Putin’s war on Ukraine and crackdown on dissidents. In the past year, Alyokhina was jailed multiple times for short stints—attempts to stifle her activism when she was arrested, for example, at an anti-Putin rally. In April, when authorities announced that her house arrest would turn into 21 days in a penal colony, she decided to...

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Emmys 2020: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Win First Emmy for Watchmen Score

Emmys 2020: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Win First Emmy for Watchmen Score

and have won the award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special for their work on . The two Nine Inch Nails members’ work on the music from the first episode, “It’s Summer And We’re Running Out of Ice,” picked up the win over Hollywood, Little Fires Everywhere, Mrs. America, and Unorthodox. It marks Reznor and Ross’ first Emmy win.“I’d like to thank the Television Academy for the recognition—it means a lot to us and we truly appreciate it,” Reznor said. “We’re very proud to be involved with a show this relevant, smart, and daring. We were changed and affected...

September 17, 2020
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Amazon Music Adding Podcasts on the Condition That Podcasters Don’t Disparage Amazon

Amazon Music Adding Podcasts on the Condition That Podcasters Don’t Disparage Amazon

Amazon revealed in emails to multiple podcasters their plans to begin streaming podcasts on Amazon Music and Audible, and report. As multiple podcasters have pointed out on social media, the company’s terms and conditions feature a significant point under the “content restrictions” header that claims podcasts cannot feature anti-Amazon rhetoric. “Your Content may not include advertising or messages that disparage or are directed against Amazon or any Service,” the terms state.Corey Quinn, host of the Screaming in the Cloud tech podcast, , “I’m a freaking entertainment podcast and I can’t...

August 11, 2020
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David Cross and Bob Odenkirk Announce Mr. Show Benefit Special

David Cross and Bob Odenkirk Announce Mr. Show Benefit Special

and are bringing back Mr. Show for a live charity special. The full title is The Mr. Show “Kidz With Beardz” Presents: Come Join Our Zoomtacular Annual Business Call!, and it takes place on May 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern. The show will benefit —an organization that works to help families facing poverty.Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Aukerman, Tom Kenny, Jill Talley, Jay Johnston, Brian Posehn, Brett Paesel, and John Ennis are slated to appear on the special alongside Cross and Odenkirk. Eban Schletter will provide the music. Grab tickets to the stream .Read Pitchfork’s feature “.”A daily roundup of the...

May 5, 2020
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Little Richard Dead at 87

Little Richard Dead at 87

has died, as reports. According to his son Danny Jones Penniman, speaking to , Little Richard died of cancer. The rock 'n' roll original was 87 years old.Known for his wild, flamboyant performing style, Richard Wayne Penniman inspired young musicians all over the world. Born in Macon, Georgia—the second of 12 children—he was kicked out of his family's home as a teenager and taken in by a white family, who ran the club where he first performed. He got his start performing jump blues, but his most famous and successful work—songs like “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” and “Good Golly Miss...

May 9, 2020
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Betty Wright, Iconic R&B Singer, Dead at 66

Betty Wright, Iconic R&B Singer, Dead at 66

, the soul and R&B star, has died. Her niece confirmed the news, . In addition to recording hit singles that would be prominently sampled for years to come, Wright had a prolific career as a producer and background vocalist. She was 66.Wright grew up singing in her family’s gospel group the Echoes of Joy. During her teenage years, she began a career as a background singer on other artists’ recordings, and she released her first singles as a solo artist in 1967. Her debut album My First Time Around was released by ATCO in 1968, and it featured her first top 40 hit single, “Girls Can’t Do...

May 10, 2020
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