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U2 album stumbles in Billboard chart after free iTunes debut

LOS ANGELES - U2's controversial free album on Apple's iTunes had a less than stellar performance once released for commercial sale, coming in at No. 9 in its first week on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.

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Animated robots, trolls and the dead dig up new film fans

LOS ANGELES - An oversized personal health-care robot assistant might seem out of place next to the princesses and furry animals that have won over legions of fans, young and old, in animated films.

22 Oct 2014

Sax and the City - Kenny G hits sour note in China with Hong Kong visit

BEIJING - Best-selling U.S. jazz musician Kenny G struck a bum note in China on Wednesday when he appeared among Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, prompting the country's foreign ministry to warn foreigners once again to keep their noses out.

22 Oct 2014

Oscar de la Renta remembered for his elegant designs, generosity

NEW YORK - Oscar de la Renta, the legendary fashion designer who dressed first ladies and Hollywood stars during a career that spanned five decades, was remembered on Tuesday for his exquisite style, generous heart and tireless philanthropy.

21 Oct 2014

Madonna memorabilia takes centre stage in celebrity auction

NEW YORK - Costumes, gowns and jewellery worn by Madonna in films such as "Evita" and "A League of Their Own" and in the "Material Girl" music video will be the highlights of a celebrity auction next month in Beverly Hills, Julien's Auctions said on Tuesday.

21 Oct 2014

Singer Kesha denied drug, sex claims against producer three years ago

LOS ANGELES - Pop singer Kesha said in a deposition three years ago, unsealed on Tuesday, that music producer Dr. Luke never had sex with her nor gave her drugs in the latest salvo in the legal battle between the longtime music partners.

22 Oct 2014