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The Risk Equation at Cirque du Soleil – The Short Answer

22 April 2015 2:15 PM, PDT

Cirque du Soleil’s 'Kà' is the avant-garde circus troupe’s most technically challenging production, featuring a dizzying array of bodies suspended in the air. But the show, performed at the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas since 2004, also had one of the highest rates of serious injuries of any workplace in the country, according to safety records kept by Cirque that were compared with federal records by The Wall Street Journal. A fatality during a performance in 2013 put in »

- Alexandra Berzon and A.C. Grayling

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Melody Gardot Draws on the Death of Emmett Till for ‘Preacherman’ Video (Exclusive)

22 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT

Emmett Till was murdered 60 years ago, an event that continues to resonate for singer Melody Gardot, among others, in her new song “Preacherman.” A video for the tune premieres today on Speakeasy. The black-and-white clip starts with two minutes of exposition as a pair of children walk through a field, cane poles on their shoulders, under a foreboding sky. Their fishing outing comes to an abrupt end when they spot something in the water, and they return with a woman »

- Eric R. Danton

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Florence Welch and Father John Misty Team for ‘Love Hurts’

20 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

Coachella 2015 is in the books and as the second weekend of the annual festival wound down yesterday, Florence + the Machine took a moment to channel their inner power-ballad. During their set, lead singer Florence Welch brought out Father John Misty for a duet of “Love Hurts,” a slow jam recorded by the Everly BrothersRoy Orbison and most famously by '70s hard-rock band Nazareth. »

- Mike Ayers

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Random House Doubles Down on Lost Dr. Seuss Book

20 April 2015 9:30 AM, PDT

Still popular after all these years. Random House Children’s Books said on Monday it is increasing the print run of “What Pet Should I Get?” a new picture book by the late Theodor Geisel, to 1 million copies. Random House originally said it would print 500,000 copies of the work, which goes on sale July 28. Mr. Geisel, who was better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote such best sellers as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham. »

- Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg

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Watch Miranda Lambert Earn Her Three Acm Awards With Sexy ‘Platinum’ Medley

20 April 2015 7:30 AM, PDT

At Sunday's 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony at the At&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Miranda Lambert took home three prestigious trophies: Song of the Year (for "Automatic"), Album of the Year (for "Platinum") and Female Vocalist of the Year. And judging from her rollicking medley of two "Platinum" tunes – "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Little Red Wagon" – the current queen of country music earned every award she got last night. Lambert brought down the house with her performance, »

- Sarene Leeds

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Wes Montgomery’s Take on ‘A Night in Tunisia’ Unearthed for New Collection (Exclusive Song)

20 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

After guitar great Wes Montgomery left Lionel Hampton’s orchestra in 1950, he often played in clubs around his native Indianapolis until his recording career as a bandleader began to take off in the late 1950s. Some of the songs he played in those Indianapolis gigs were recorded, including a version of “A Night in Tunisia” that premieres today on Speakeasy. It’s a guitar-centric take on the Dizzy Gillespie classic as Montgomery peels off fast, fluid single-note runs in between »

- Eric R. Danton

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