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Spotify, a Music Streaming Service Going for Broke

The Swedish startup that revolutionized digital music has a blanket response to claims that it pays artists a mere pittance: "two billion dollars".

Since U.S. pop empress Taylor Swift pulled her catalogue from the service, Spotify has regularly trumpeted its self-reported payout (1.8 billion euros) to the music industry over the past seven years.

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Reports: Johnny Depp Injures Hand in Australia

Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp was jetting back to the United States Wednesday for surgery after injuring his hand in Australia where he is filming the latest "Pirates of the Caribbean" installment, reports said.

Depp, who stars as "Captain Jack Sparrow" in the Disney franchise and has been shooting on the Gold Coast tourist strip in Australia's east, was hurt over the weekend but not while filming or on set, the Gold Coast Bulletin said, citing undisclosed sources.

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Investigators: Harrison Ford Plane Suffered Engine Failure

Harrison Ford's airplane suffered engine failure shortly after take-off, forcing him to perform a swift U-turn before hitting a tree and crashing onto a golf course, investigators said Tuesday.

In a preliminary report into last week's crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" star was "seriously injured" in the accident.

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Emmylou Harris, Evelyn Glennie Win 2015 Polar Music Prize

U.S. country legend Emmylou Harris and Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie have won Sweden's Polar Music Prize, organizers said Wednesday.

The musicians were seen as fringe picks for an award founded by Swedish super pop group ABBA's late manager Stig Anderson and previously won by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney.

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Jessica Chastain and Salma Hayek Get Frisky at Saint Laurent

In a tuxedo, a boisterous Salma Hayek ramped up the feminism at the Saint Laurent Paris show and encouraged actress Jessica Chastain to expose her chest.

Hayek said she was inspired by the female empowerment of the clothes at the storied house whose legacy is of being the first to dress women in men's suits.

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Madonna Paris Concert Sells out in 'Five Minutes'

A December 9 concert in Paris by U.S. pop star Madonna sold out within "five minutes" of going on sale Monday, the organizers of the event said.

All 15,000 tickets for the concert, priced from 51 to 205 euros ($55 to $223), were snapped up, the company Live Nation said.

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Kanye and Paul McCartney Hit Stellar Stella McCartney Show

Their musical styles couldn't be further apart, but that didn't stop rapper Kanye West and former-Beatle and fashion dad Paul McCartney arriving at the Stella McCartney show buddy-buddy to join actor Woody Harrelson on the front row.

But the strong celebrity presence wasn't needed to attract attention to the 43-year-old's designs.

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Beyonce, Gaga Join Call to Tackle Female Poverty

Beyonce Knowles and Lady Gaga are among 36 prominent women who have signed a petition calling Sunday on the G7 and the African Union to tackle female poverty.

The U.S. singers were joined by actresses Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Rosamund Pike and Rita Wilson in signing the letter, issued on International Women's Day.

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Helen Mirren Astonishing in Splendid 'The Audience'

Every week, whenever possible, two of the most important people on the planet chat for about 20 minutes. It is a meeting held in complete secret.

The conversations between the United Kingdom's monarch and the prime minister take place in a room in Buckingham Palace with no one else present and no official records taken.

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Gothic Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian Rock Givenchy in Paris

Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian were the queens of the night at Givenchy's star-studded dusk show in Paris, rocking all-black Givenchy outfits side-by-side as Kanye West, also in black, lurked in the back.

The remaining celebrity attendees, actresses Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried and Noomi Rapace just didn't stand a chance.

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