Archive For February 2009

R&B vet Wilson has fresh hit on his hands

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Singer Charlie Wilson remembers soulstress Chaka Khan once telling him, “You work way too hard.”

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Billboard CD reviews: Franz Ferdinand, Willie Nelson

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Since Franz Ferdinand’s emergence in 2004, it has owned the field of smart, energetic dance-rock epitomized by singles like “Take Me Out.”

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Flight of the Conchords schedules spring tour

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New Zealand musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords will embark on an extensive North American tour this spring, beginning April 6 in Tampa, Fla.

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Italian writer raises case against “Button”

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“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” got a little stranger Friday after an attorney representing an Italian office worker filed legal papers alleging that the screenplay was based on a story she wrote in 1994.

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Brother of slain U.S. nun sees fresh hope in film

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A documentary movie about the killing of U.S. Roman Catholic nun Dorothy Stang in the Amazon four years ago has renewed her brother’s hope that those suspected of ordering her killing will finally be convicted.

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BP investors concerned about new chairman plan: report

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BP chairman Peter Sutherland has agreed to extend his tenure into the autumn amid growing shareholder disquiet over the company’s choice of successor, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.

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U.S. working to ensure stimulus meets trade rules

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The United States is working to ensure that any stimulus package for the economy is in line with international trade rules, acting U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier said on Saturday.

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Wall St face moment of truth over pay, perks

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This may be the week that Wall Street finally realized a golden era of prestige, high pay and perks has ended.

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AIG in talks with government on guarantees: WSJ

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American International Group, the insurer rescued from collapse by the government in September, is in discussions with Washington about a federal backstop for some of its assets, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

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Nike CEO sees big jump in online sales

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Nike is experiencing a sharp increase in online sales, driven in part by cost-conscious shoppers conserving gasoline, the U.S. company’s chief executive said on Saturday.

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