Stories by Mesfin Fekadu

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sometimes it takes an army of muses to craft a special song

NEW YORK - How many people does it take to write a hit song? If you're Pharrell, one. If you're Pitbull or Jason Derulo, probably eight - or more.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

Mars ready to brave the cold

NEW YORK — Everyone is in Bru­no Mars’ ear about one thing when it comes to the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold?
By Mesfin Fekadu

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Singing or sinking? Bieber hits a low

LOS ANGELES - For more than a year, Justin Bie­ber has had more tabloid hits than Billboard hits: The singer's music career has taken a backseat to his wild antics.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

Cyrus gaining in popularity with rap stars

While Miley Cyrus has a batch of critics, there is a group rallying behind her and praising her as a vital talent: rappers.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Monday, Aug 26, 2013

Miley Cyrus talk of MTV award show

NEW YORK - It may not be a good thing for her, but Miley Cyrus had the most memorable moment at the MTV Video Music Awards.
By Mesfin Fekadu

Sunday, July 1, 2012

BET Awards become Bleep Awards

The BET Awards became the Bleep Awards on Sunday, as entire segments of performances were muted out due to foul language. Still, censors failed to catch many vulgarities ...
By Mesfin Fekadu

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008

Pop singer able to shift focus for book of photos

NEW YORK --- To record his third studio CD, Jason Mraz withdrew from the music industry so he wouldn't be affected by album sales and charts. Instead, the pop singer went to his hometown of San ...
By Mesfin Fekadu

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Commission rejects tax jump

Seven commissioners nixed a proposed tax increase Monday that would cost a typical homeowner $70 a year, leaving the countywide millage rate unset with just a few days to meet state deadlines.
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