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Jay-Z's Roc Nation forms book publisher with Random House

Jay-Z's Roc Nation forms book publisher with Random House

NEW YORK — A decade after publishing his memoir “Decoded,” Jay-Z is forming a more lasting partnership with the book industry. Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by the rapper, is starting an imprint with Random House called Roc Lit 101.
Lesser-known K-pop bands struggling amid the pandemic

Lesser-known K-pop bands struggling amid the pandemic

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — While popular K-pop bands like BTS and Blackpink have gone from strength to strength during the coronavirus pandemic, lesser-known acts are struggling.
Appeals court sends 'Leaving Neverland' fight to arbitration

Appeals court sends 'Leaving Neverland' fight to arbitration

PASADENA, Calif. — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a lawsuit filed by the Michael Jackson estate over an HBO documentary about two of the late pop star's sex abuse accusers can go forward in private arbitration.
New this week: 'Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom' and Paul McCartney

New this week: 'Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom' and Paul McCartney

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.

John le Carre, who probed murky world of spies, dies at 89

LONDON — John le Carre, the spy-turned-novelist whose elegant and intricate narratives defined the Cold War espionage thriller and brought acclaim to a genre critics had once ignored, has died. He was 89.

Publishing saw upheaval in 2020, but 'books are resilient'

NEW YORK — Book publishing in 2020 was a story of how much an industry can change and how much it can, or wants to, remain the same.
'Big Sky' stumbles in addressing Native American criticism

'Big Sky' stumbles in addressing Native American criticism

LOS ANGELES — After ABC's “Big Sky” drew Native American censure for overlooking an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls, its producers set about making changes.
A night at the ballet, in time for ‘Nutcracker’ season

A night at the ballet, in time for ‘Nutcracker’ season

Of all the artists whose livelihoods have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, dancers have been among those hit hardest. They depend on a live audience to do their work, of course, and most live paycheque to paycheque .
The show must go on: Mirvish aims to relaunch main subscriber season in fall 2021

The show must go on: Mirvish aims to relaunch main subscriber season in fall 2021

Mirvish Productions says it's aiming to welcome back subscribers to the theatre by fall of next year.
Music Review: Paul McCartney is fab on 'McCartney III'

Music Review: Paul McCartney is fab on 'McCartney III'

Paul McCartney, “McCartney III" (Capitol Records) Add Paul McCartney to the list of artists who have been busy making inspired music while grounded due to the pandemic.