Category: Leona Lewis

KISS off Oct. 8 Michael Jackson tribute concert

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Hard-rock group KISS has been dropped from the lineup of the Michael Jackson tribute concert slated for Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales, because of disparaging comments group member Gene Simmons has made about Jackson in the past.

Jackson fans expressed anger over the booking of KISS for the event by the promoter, Global Live Events, which has announced on the official Twitter account for the concert that fans’ wishes would be heeded.

“KISS invitation has been revoked,” according to a post on the event’s official Twitter page. “Apologies to everyone... our primary focus has been to do justice to Michael’s memory with this tribute.”

Fans objected, citing Simmons’ remarks in the days after Jackson’s death in 2009 that he believed Jackson had molested children. Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges.

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Fall preview: Autumn's must-hear music

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Autumn is a glutton's feast for pop fans, full of blockbuster albums, buzzed-about debuts, spectacular arena tours and rare small-venue performances. This year offers the usual mix of veterans aiming for another moment of impact, and young pretenders working to make a mark in an ever-widening field.

That's good news for those with eclectic tastes: no one subculture dominates right now, so the listening is best for people who are a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll -- and a little bit dance and folk and Latin, too. What follows is a look at the best bets for recorded and live music in the coming months, album release dates subject to change, of course.

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Alert the authorities: New Leona Lewis leaks

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Don't mess with Leona Lewis. That's the lesson here.

News broke this morning out of Britain that Simon Cowell's Syco label, which is part of Sony Music Entertainment, had alerted the authorities when a new Lewis track -- believed to be titled "Don't Let Me Down" -- leaked online. The Sun reported that Lewis and other "X Factor" contestants have been targeted of late by hackers.

The U.S. division of Sony passed along a statement from across the pond: "Syco are working alongside the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the British Phonographic Industry, the police and investigators in this, and they are making fast progress. We will certainly look to bring charges against those who are responsible. We cannot give any more details at this stage for operational reasons." 

Pop & Hiss doesn't want to incur the wrath of Cowell by posting the track, but it can be found by searching online. The piano-heavy cut is said to be a Timbaland production, and Idolator has pointed out some clear similarities between "Don't Let Me Down" and another Timbaland production, OneRepublic's "Apologize." Yet it's easier to stomach than OneRepublic's iPhone-in-the-air schmaltz.

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