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Mac Miller posthumous album is heartbreakingly full

Miller’s 12-track album "Circles" is heartbreakingly sublime, a portrait of a wry and honest musician acknowledging his demons but looking past them.

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Ariana Grande sued by Josh Stone over hit song ‘7 Rings,’ accused of copyright infringement

Grande was sued in a federal complaint filed in New York on Thursday by hip-hop artist Josh Stone, who claims that "7 Rings’ is a forgery,"

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The Mix — Cool things to do and see in Chicago Jan. 16-22

The Rhinoceros Theater Festival, Tedeschi Trucks Band in concert and the Chicago Sinfonietta’s annual MLK tribute concert are among the highlights in the week ahead.

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With Grammy nomination and new album, Gloria Gaynor says God is key to her life, music

Gaynor won her first and only Grammy for "I Will Survive" in 1980. Now, 40 years later, she has a chance to add two more trophies to her collection thanks to her first gospel album.

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Demi Lovato to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl

NFL and Fox on Thursday announced the performance, which will take place ahead of the big game on Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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Bon Jovi announces new album, summer tour with Bryan Adams

The tour arrives at the United Center on July 21. Tickets go on sale Jan 24.

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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. among 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T-Rex are also 2020 inductees.

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Cardi B wants to be a politician: ‘I can shake the table’

This isn’t the first time Cardi has been vocal about politics. She openly endorsed Bernie Sanders for presidency in July 2019.

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Billie Eilish writes, sings James Bond theme

Her track for "No Time to Die" makes her the youngest artist to record a 007 song.

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Brooks & Dunn Reboot 2020 Tour headed to Chicago

The Grammy winners announced Tuesday they’ll embark on their first national tour in 10 years, an 18-city trek that kicks off in May.

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Atmosphere’s TV project ends with a twist

Written for a series but ultimately not used, the rap duo’s tracks land on an album with ‘a cinematic kind of vibe.’

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Pastor Maceo Woods, powerhouse preacher, gospel organist, choir leader and composer, dead at 87

He sang, composed gospel standards, recorded popular albums, hosted radio and TV shows and helped organize Chicago’s Gospel Music Festival and Gospel Supreme.

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Tomorrow Never Knows 2020: The 10 must-see acts

The 15th anniversary of this yearly music gem boasts a slew of national, international and local talent at venues across the city.

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Jimmy Fallon to host prime-time celebrity music series

He’ll host "That’s My Jam," a comedy-variety event series on NBC inspired by his popular, celebrity-studded musical segments on the "The Tonight Show."

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Zac Brown Band heads to Wrigley Field for summer concert

The band returns to Wrigley Field on Sept. 12, part of their Roar with the Lions tour.

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Neil Peart, longtime Rush drummer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer dies at 67

The drummer, considered one of the greatest in rock and roll, died Tuesday after battling brain cancer for three years.

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The Mix: Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and more cool things to do Jan. 9-15, 2020

A local gig by Sons of the Silent Age, and a Winter Chamber Music Festival are also among the entertainment options in the week ahead.

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Rascal Flatts announces farewell tour this summer; includes Tinley Park stop

"What’s not to love about Chicago? The people are fantastic. The city’s fantastic. It’s been one of our favorite place to play from the beginning," Jay DeMarcus told the Sun-Times in 2017.

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Syleena Johnson delivering powerful message to women everywhere on latest album

Johnson returns home to Chicago to debut material from her new album "Woman."

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Grant Park Music Festival 2020 season announced

Celebrating the Year of Chicago Music, the 10-week festival returns with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus under the leadership of artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar.

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Nick Gordon, blamed in the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, dies at 30

He had been raised as a teenager by Whitney Houston and was romantically attached to the singer’s daughter.

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The Mix — The Young Playwrights Festival and more cool things to do Jan. 2-8

Also on tap this week: Fans of "Doctor Who" can gather to celebrate the popular show at a screening of the season’s premiere episode, a sneak peak of the season’s second episode, plus a video Q&A with the show’s actors on Jan. 5 at local movie theaters.

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Lifetime returns to R. Kelly with a powerful new follow-up series

"Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning," takes a wider and deeper look at some of the issues the first one raised. The first had 54 interviews; the follow-up has almost 70.

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CNN documentary explores Linda Ronstadt’s life, music career

In "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" premiering New Year’s Day, viewers will see that Ronstadt’s career had two distinct stages.

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Lizzo named Entertainer of the Year by The Associated Press

Lizzo dominated the pop, R&B and rap charts in 2019 with songs like "Truth Hurts" and "Good As Hell."

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Jerry Herman, ‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer, dies at 88

The creator of 10 Broadway shows and contributor to several more, Herman won two Tony Awards for best musical: "Hello, Dolly!" in 1964 and "La Cage aux Folles" in 1983.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s grandiose blend of classical and hair metal endures for 20 years

Fueled by pyrotechnics and pageantry, the Christmas music specialists put on one of the music business’ most successful annual tours.

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Where to dance, laugh and rock out on New Year’s Eve

Andrew W.K., Chris D’Elia, Avery*Sunshine and others are putting on Chicago shows to ring in 2020

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The Mix: Shemekia Copeland and other cool things to see and do Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Tools of the Trade — a new exhibit at the American Writers Museum — is among the fun things to see and do in the week ahead.

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Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019

This year saw the deaths of people who shifted culture through prose, pragmatism and persistence. It also witnessed tragedy, in talent struck down in its prime.

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A decade of classical music: Looking back on the 2010s

Much has happened during this transformative decade in the classical scene from the establishment of a feisty baroque opera company and contemporary music festival to the opening of three major academic facilities.

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Amy Winehouse exhibit to open at Grammy Museum

"Beyond Black — The Style of Amy Winehouse" opens Jan. 17 and will run through April 13.