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Ezekiel Mutua has gained notoriety for banning music and films he feels promotes homosexuality in Kenya, where homosexuality is illegal

Google has invited a Kenyan government official and anti-gay activist to its Web Rangers conference in Mountain View, California, even sponsoring his visa.

Ezekiel Mutua, who is the head of the Kenyan film classification board (KCFB), gained notoriety this year for banning from the countrys servers local band Art Attacks cover of the Macklemore gay marriage anthem Same Love, saying it promotes homosexuality in Kenya, where homosexuality is illegal.

Kenya must not allow people to become the Sodom and Gomorrah through psychological drive from such content, said Mutua.

In 2014, Mutua banned Stories of Our Lives, a film about Kenyas gay community, for obscenity, explicit scenes of sexual activities and [for promoting] homosexuality, which is contrary to [Kenyas] national norms and values.

Another KCFB representative said in January that Netflix represented a threat to the countrys national security because it would make the nation a passive recipient of foreign content that could corrupt the moral values of our children.

Mutua is not invited to speak at the Web Rangers conference, which promotes internet safety and takes place on Friday. A person familiar with the matter suggested that discussions about bullying, especially as it affects teens struggling with nascent sexual identities, could prove instructive.

Google told the KCFB it would not remove Same Love. In May the government and the tech company compromised: the video stayed up with a warning of imagery and a message that may be unnecessarily offensive to some.

Banned in Kenya: Art Attacks cover of Same Love.

Because of my stand on moral values, including the banning of content promoting LGBT and atheists culture in Kenya, someone wrote in a local daily that I will never get a visa to the US, Mutua wrote in a post, now deleted, on his Facebook page.

Well, I not only got it but it came on a diplomatic passport and I didnt even have to go to the embassy for biometrics or pay the visa application fee. It was delivered to my office free of charge thanks to our efficient ministry of foreign affairs and highly courteous US embassy officials. America here we come … TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

The invitation has caused consternation within Google, which promotes itself as a bastion of diversity and support for the LGBTQ community. Google sponsors gay pride events across the world and was one of the largest corporations to back same-sex marriage at the US supreme court.

The person familiar with the matter said there was internal conflict over Mutuas invitation, and Google was working to determine how to better avoid apparent conflict with its stated values.

According to a report on abuses of LGBT people from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) linked from Googles Pride landing page, in Kenya sexual contact between consenting adults of the same sex is criminalized by four statutes, the most recent from 2003. Prison terms for breaking anti-gay laws can stretch to 14 years.

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Do people dress according to their politics? YouGov found millennial Democrats are more interested in fashion and are more diverse dressers than Republicans

With only 20% of millennials identifying with the GOP, being a young Republican has never been quite so unfashionable. But following fashion has never really trended with those leaning right. Pearls, blazers and super-straight hair for the young ladies; sweater vests, chinos and helmet hair for the gentlemen. You could call it GOPcore: a fashion-backward uniform of uniformity.

But are these just stereotypes, or do young people really dress differently based on their political affiliation? We asked YouGov, a global research company, to look into whether the statistics support the stereotypes. And we found that they do. While both young Democrats (YDs) and young Republicans (YRs) channel their politics into their wardrobes to some extent, Republican values make a far more obvious sartorial statement.

Young Trump supporters at Liberty University in Virginia. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

YouGov analyzed survey responses collected from a panel of more than 200,000 Americans and found that millennials who identify as Democrats are more interested in fashion and are more diverse in their dress sense than their Republican counterparts. They also spend more money on clothes and have bought more categories of clothing recently than millennial Republicans. Further, YDs are more likely to say they follow the latest trends and fashion while YRs are more likely to say they tend to stick to classic items that are timeless rather than go for whatever is in-fashion.

So, what timeless classics are hanging in conservative closets? According to the data its an unsurprising cast, including Brooks Brothers, LL Bean, Clarks, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and Herms. Theyre also more likely to buy from budget labels such as Wet Seal and Walmart-brand Faded Glory. In another parallel with the GOP, Wet Seal has been struggling to stay relevant with the young lately, closing almost two-thirds of its stores last year. As for Faded Glory: insert your own joke here.

Brands most often purchased by young Democrats and young Republicans

While millennial Republicans go for classics, millennial Democrats are more likely to buy contemporary clothing brands such as American Apparel, H&M, Uniqlo and Vans, as well as more alternative labels such as Hot Topic. Theyre also more likely to buy Calvin Klein, whose recent super-sexualized #mycalvins campaign had a lot of people clutching their pearls. If youre reading the Guardian, odds are youre wearing one of those labels right now.

What does all this mean? Commenting over email, Ted Marzilli, CEO of BrandIndex at YouGov, said: Peoples core values are often reflected in the brands that they wear. For example, Uniqlo is known for being collaborative and relaxed classic but a little edgy. Brooks Brothers by contrast is more traditional and appeals to those who associate themselves with upper-middle-class America and American heritage.

Dr Anna Akbari, founder of Sociology of Style, says its not really surprising that people dress according to their politics. The way we dress is the fastest, easiest, most frequently presented outlet for people to understand who we are [and] how to treat us, she said over the phone.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at the US Open. Photograph: Team GT/GC Images

I think both political persuasions have a tribalistic quality, but its easier to spot Republican values in action, Akbari added. If you think about how traditionalism would manifest itself sartorially, its not surprising that its in something thats preppy, that doesnt change that much, and that isnt that open to personal expression. It might be easier to spot Republican tribalism because the Democratic one allows more for more diversity.

What do millennial Republicans think about all this? I asked a few (12 to be exact a mixture of friends of friends and members of Young Republican groups), and the majority seemed happy to agree that they dressed in a more formal, preppy and uniform way than peers of other political persuasions. If you look at any of our photos, everyone kind of looks the same, it doesnt matter if youre African American or if youre from the Orient or Asia, said Matt McCarrick, 30, campaign chairman for the New York State Young Republicans. Our pictures kind of speak for themselves. I guess if the classically tailored shoe fits

So, are YRs consciously, um, Orienting their clothes to their values? I think we try to buy more American than foreign, McCarrick says. And indeed, except for Herms and Clarks, all the clothing brands they over-index against are American and strongly brand themselves as such Under Armour has a Country Pride collection, for example.

While YRs may like to wear their patriotism on their sleeves, their conservative dress sense isnt necessarily a straightforward reflection of Republican conservative values. Indeed, Maria Gershuni, 21, deputy chairwoman of the New York Federation of Republicans, is keen to stress that when it comes to many social values, millennial Republicans arent much different from young Democrats. Young Republicans are really pro-LGBTQ rights, for example.

Instead of being the embodiment of conservative views, Gershuni believes that the way we dress is a stability thing. A way to give yourself authority and be taken more seriously. She explains this is particularly helpful at a time when a majority of young people skew left, meaning young Republicans can feel like a minority.

Polo golf shirts by Ralph Lauren at the New York Golf Center. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

There does, indeed, seem to be a strong feeling among millennial conservatives that they are outnumbered and often misunderstood. Karin Agness, founder of the Network of enlightened Women, is trying to change that with #ShesConservative, a social media campaign that aims to shatter stereotypes about young Republicans. The campaign video features sad music as conservative young women, dressed in pearls and blazers, say solemnly and seemingly unironically to the camera, this is what a conservative looks like. Unfortunately Im not sure the video will have quite the rebranding effort thats intended. Indeed, you almost expect to see brought to you by Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren and LL Bean in the closing credits.

Methodology: YouGov analyzed a database of over 200,000 Americans to identify clothing brands that significantly over-indexed with either millennial Republicans or millennial Democrats. This was based on data showing apparel brands people reported they were more likely to buy as well as apparel brands people had actually bought in the past three months.

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(CNN)Sign that man up for a musical.

Benedict Cumberbatch surprised a London audience Wednesday night when he took to the stage to sing “Comfortably Numb” with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.
    The “Sherlock” star made his appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. Naturally, some members of the audience captured the moment for social media.

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    The actor has expressed his fondness for music in past interviews. In 2012, he even sang a bit of “Pure Imagination” from the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” when asked to musically describe his inner Cumberbatch.
    His next project is “Doctor Strange” which releases in November.

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    (CNN)We’ve done a few music-centric episodes, but this one is epic.

    Nashville is changing fast. About a hundred people a day are moving to the city — for reasons which will become obvious when you watch the show we made there.
      Chefs and restaurateurs in particular are finding the city attractive — there’s a gold rush of talented operators setting up shop, eager to take advantage of relatively reasonable rents, a good economic climate and a welcoming public. So far, born and bred Nashvillians have greeted the torrent of carpetbaggers from the North with open arms .
      We’d originally intended to do a show about that.
      Nashville may be “Music City,” but we thought, perversely, that it would be interesting to be the one show to ever visit the city and NOT cover the music scene. Especially country music. Everybody features country music in Nashville, I figured, so no way.
      But then, a couple of things happened. A casual conversation led me to Third Man Records — who introduced us to Margo Price — a country music artist who reminds us what country music really is, should be and simply by virtue of playing, how far much of the rest of the country music industry has wandered from its roots.
      Her songs ain’t pop tunes with a cowboy hat. They’re coming at you from the same bar room floor, busted car, broken heart where Hank Williams, George Jones and Johnny Cash bared their souls. Real deal. And we were lucky enough to spend time with her and capture her music just as the rest of the world was catching on to how great she is.



        Bourdain parties like a rock star in Nashville


      She liquored us up on fine tequila, made sure that I, and every member of my crew had an awesome time in Nashville, and that we would, all of us, wake up with unexplained bruises and Mosshart-designed tattoos.
      No one has ever been nicer or more awesome.
      In the end, though my crew took casualties, we limped back to New York damaged but happy — and with a truly once-in-a-lifetime show in our memory cards.
      This blog is a woefully inadequate thank you.

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      Michael Jacksons estate made $115m last year proof that artists work can carry on making a fortune after their death. From Nick Drake to Elvis, its about selling an artist as if they are still alive and learning how to say no

      The real financial winner in music this year may not be Beyonc, or Bruce Springsteen, or any of the artists who have been touring the stadiums and enormodomes of the world. It will probably be a group who have massively increased their worth without singing a note. Or their key member being alive. This year, Michael Jacksons estate looks set to make close to $1bn (769m).

      The Jackson estate was already hugely lucrative it generated $115m last year, according to Forbes. That made it far more profitable than the estates of other dead superstars with lasting musical legacies: the Elvis Presley estate made $55m in 2015, the Bob Marley estate recorded revenues of $21m. The reason for the Jackson estates spectacular success was one amazing deal: the sale of its remaining 50% stake in Sony/ATV music publishing to Sony Corporation for $750m so expensive because ATV had been the publisher for the vast majority of the Beatles catalogue. And the profit was enormous: Jackson had paid $47.5m for ATV in 1984.

      As the great superstars of rock and pop pass on, estate management has become a huge business. And the claimants to that business are manifold. David Bowie, a man ahead of the curve in looking after his financial interests, might well have prepared thoroughly, but you only need to look at the ongoing court battles over who should benefit from the estate of Prince exacerbated by the fact that he left no will and had no known children to see how a badly managed estate can cause chaos.

      Michael Jackson. Photograph: Cine Text/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar

      John Branca is, along with John McClain, co-executor of the Jackson estate. He was the singers lawyer, on and off, for 26 years from 1980, during which time Jackson was the biggest pop star on the planet. Branca was reappointed eight days before Jackson died, having negotiated his return during rehearsals for what would have been Jacksons comeback shows. And Branca has steered the estates business interests over the past seven years to make it the most commercially successful celebrity estate in the world. He and McClain, rather than Jacksons children, parents or siblings, make all the commercial decisions around the assets which include Jacksons recordings, his songwriting, his share of Sony/ATV, his image rights and his name rights.

      Refusal is key. Immediately after Jacksons death, the estate had to address the debts he had run up in his lifetime, so there was a flurry of activity: the This Is It documentary, Cirque du Soleils Immortal tour and two documentaries directed by Spike Lee Bad 25 and Michael Jacksons Journey From Motown to Off the Wall all got the green light, and proved highly profitable. But, says Branca, We say no to almost everything that is pitched to us. I just have a basic philosophy, as I am a huge Michael Jackson fan, where I only do things that I would want to watch or listen to. If we dont believe it is going to be of the highest artistic quality, we dont do it.

      Here, the estate acts as if for an artist who was still alive, but they need to be realistic about their role. Let me be clear John [McClain] and I are not Michael Jackson, says Branca. There is only one Michael Jackson, so we would never pretend that we could substitute our judgment for his.

      The key to making an artist posthumously successful lies in the preparations they made when they were alive. It all starts with the will, says Gregor Pryor, a partner at legal firm Reed Smith. Some artists make very good wills and do a really good job of planning for their death. And others dont. A music business insider, speaking anonymously, says Freddie Mercurys will has become the standard by which other artist legacies are judged. Aware he was dying, Mercury appointed Queens manager Jim Beach as executor of his will and his estate. Other estates, once they have got through the chaos, will want to work towards the steady state that Queen had from the day Freddie died, the insider says.

      Vladimir Horowitz in 1988. Photograph: Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

      Estate management is not only an issue for rock stars classical musicians, too, need special attention, because the fundamentals are the same. Jeff Liebenson, of the New York music law firm Liebenson Law, represents the estate of the classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz and explains what happened when his widow, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz, also passed away. Its not unusual that when the estate goes to family members, these are often people who are not that familiar with the music business, he says. They are understandably very emotional and have various issues among and between each other. That can make it very difficult for them to move forward together. In the Horowitz situation, there was no family to inherit it. There were designated beneficiaries, charities and academic institutes in the will.

      Allan Steckler has worked on the Horowitz estate for 12 years, as well as the Arturo Toscani estate for 25 years, and previously worked in classical labels and Apple Records in the US. He has overseen the Horowitz estate in a way that would be familiar to those running the Johnny Cash estate, for example: finding previously unreleased recordings of artistic worth, and overseeing their release into a hungry market, the biggest project being the 42-disc collection of Horowitzs performances at Carnegie Hall between 1951 and 1978. The challenge with dealing with a deceased artist is keeping them in the public view, says Steckler. Once an artist passes, unless somebody does something to keep the name in front of the public, they will totally fade away.

      It is common to view record companies as ghoulishly exploiting the deaths of stars, as depicted in the Smiths Paint a Vulgar Picture, where Morrissey castigates greedy labels: Reissue! Repackage! Repackage! Re-evaluate the need. And it is true that sometimes, with artists who have not left behind a wealth of high-quality unreleased material, but scraps and odds and ends and whose estate is bequeathed to people in need of money the material that emerges sullies their legacy. But it rarely plays out the way Morrissey suggests, and sometimes the labels can even be helpful.

      Steve Davis, who was director of catalogue at EMI from 2000 to 2009, gives the example of what they did for Kirsty MacColls family. The singer was killed in December 2000, when she was run over by a speedboat while diving with her sons in Mexico. Eventually, a man admitted to driving the speedboat an employee of the multimillionaire who owned it and who was on board at the time and was convicted of culpable homicide, but her family spent nine years running the Justice for Kirsty campaign, seeking a judicial review of the events surrounding her death.

      Kirsty MacColl. Photograph: Redferns

      We did a compilation of her work, Davis says. Her family were interested in the revenue stream to put towards their campaign. We even branded the artwork with the Justice for Kirsty campaign.

      Dealing with a deceased artists music is a question of taste, he says: he also worked on Syd Barretts catalogue after his death in 2006, and EMI waited until 2010 before putting out the compilation An Introduction to Syd Barrett. That ambulance-chasing is unseemly, he says. If you are dealing with a family, you dont want to be seen as [crassly] making money out of their tragedy.

      Family members can act as guiding spirits with estates but leave the day-to-day running to others. Cally Callomon is a former creative director at Island Records who has been running the Nick Drake estate since the late 1990s. Both Drakes parents are dead, leaving only his sister, Gabrielle, involved. She approached Callomon to manage the estate because she was unable to dedicate the time that it needed.

      Callomons approach was to manage the Drake estate as if he were a living artist. The licensing of Drakes song Pink Moon for a Volkswagen ad in 1999, and a Radio 2 documentary narrated by Brad Pitt in 2004, helped to make the singer considerably more successful posthumously than in his lifetime. Gabrielle got it immediately. This idea of not celebrating or commemorating the death of an artist, but really starting from a complete rebirth of an artist.

      Like the Jackson estate, they understand that saying no is more important than saying yes. Gabrielle is a very rare creature and she understands the power of saying no, Callomon says. Its about waiting for that thing that, when you say yes to it, it makes sense. They regularly turn down biopic ideas. To make a film, however lucrative that would be, I think it would kill something and that would be unforgivable in my book. Instead, Gabrielle will occasionally approve use of her brothers music in films or the theatre for free if she likes the script or director, as she is keen to encourage new talent.

      They have also restricted how much unreleased material has been put out beyond Drakes original three studio albums limiting them to one compilation (Way to Blue), two compilations with unreleased tracks (Made to Love Magic and A Treasury) and his pre-Island home recordings (Family Tree). They have also repeatedly turned down offers to put all his material in a box set as they are concerned this will devalue his music.

      Nick Drake.

      Callomon holds up the example of another beloved, guitar-playing singer who died young as the way not to manage a slender body of acclaimed work. I have [been] openly critical of the way Jeff Buckleys legacy has been handled, says Callomon. The guy only made one album but there have been multiple variations of that one album, demos and live material released by Sony. I think Jeff Buckleys music deserves better than that.

      Music fans will now be waiting to see what happens with the cases of Bowie and Prince. Bowies back catalogue was already subject to a carefully planned reissue programme before his death, beginning with the Five Years box last September, and followed by the Who Can I Be Now? set last week. At the rate of one box a year, his catalogue could be repromoted over several years. As for Prince, while those close to him try to resolve the disputes over who gets what, the burning question for fans will be what happens to arguably pops greatest treasure trove of unreleased material, his legendary vault.

      It seems as if Colonel Tom Parkers words, on the death of Elvis, his sole client, in 1977, ring true for all dead superstars: Elvis didnt die the body did, he said. This changes nothing.

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      The Deepwater Horizon stars career has spanned pop fame as Marky Mark, dozens of blockbusters, reality TV and even a walk around the greens with the Republican terror. No wonder he still relies on his entourage to stay normal

      His arms are still absurdly muscular his T-shirt sleeves straining over his biceps, Popeye-style but Mark Wahlbergs handshake is gentle. Hey, he says, slumped in his chair in a central London hotel, looking an unpromising mix of bored and glum. The glumness is because his wife and four children are flying back to their home in Los Angeles as we speak. Also, at the age of 45, he is only just coming round to London, he says in a tone that strongly suggests this acceptance of the city is, at most, at the mid-point stage.

      The first time I came here, I just couldnt he trails off, before citing the usual American criticisms of Britain: the food and the weather. Back then, the only place Id been besides Boston was New York, and Id pretty much only eaten my moms cooking, he concedes, sounding like Boston and moms cooking are all he still needs, really.

      This anecdote, while reinforcing Wahlbergs image of the kid from the streets done good, also acts as a reminder of just how long he has been in the public eye, being shuttled around the world first by record companies, then film-makers while pining for the basketball courts back home. It hs been 25 years since he crunched his abs as Marky Mark with the unforgettably named Funky Bunch. Since then, he has made the tricky crossover from teenage heartthrob to respected actor and producer, and at first glance, Wahlberg now looks like a typical Hollywood A-lister. His gently feathered hair, which brushes his shoulders, looks like it was cut by a stylist who charges three figures, and his deep tan and muscles suggest a man whose time is his own. But Wahlberg has always been a more surprising prospect than appearances suggest. For a start, the reason he seems so bored is because, he says, right off the bat, I never really like talking about myself, which is not something you hear often from a celebrity. He perks up any time he can deflect the conversation to an anecdote about someone else in his life. One of those people, it turns out, is Donald Trump.

      Mark Wahlberg plays golf as Donald Trump watches on. Photograph: The Golf Channel

      We are meeting the morning after the first presidential debate and Wahlberg, while eager to watch the highlights, refuses to say who he will be voting for. But Ive played golf with Donald Trump, he says, spotting an escape from this discussion about his political preferences.

      Obviously, I bite the bait. How was he, I ask?

      Hes an OK golfer, he says, and the faint praise is damning. Ive gotten to know him a little bit since, at various occasions. Ive never met Hillary Clinton.

      It turns out that Wahlberg and Trump met almost a decade ago at one of those weird celebrity golf events that always seem to be happening in California or Florida. What did they talk about? He was very Donald Trump-like, talking about the things that he does, things that he has, business interests, properties, stuff like that. But he wasnt ever mean or rude. I dont think he asked me too many personal questions, or about what I do.

      Perhaps Ivanka explained to her dad who Wahlberg is, because Trump has since invited him back to play golf at his own events. Yeah, its a little crazy where we are now, is all Wahlberg says about the election in which his golf buddy is barely a breath away from the White House.

      Click here to watch the trailer for Deepwater Horizon.

      Wahlberg is in London, suffering the weather and talking Trump, because he is promoting his latest film, Deepwater Horizon, the true story of the 2010 oil-rig explosion and spill crisis, the worst ever in the US. Wahlberg plays Mike Williams, the heroic lead character based on a real person, alongside Kurt Russell as the gruff ol boss and John Malkovich, who hams it up enjoyably as the BP rep, evil to an almost southern gothic extent. It is a strikingly harrowing disaster film and Wahlberg is in classic Wahlberg mode: the blue-collar hero, standing his ground against, on the one side, Malkovichs scenery chewing and, on the other, the pyrotechnic special effects.

      Wahlbergs career is remarkable in two respects: first, the sheer range of films he has made. There are the intense dramas (The Basketball Diaries, Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Broken City, The Departed, We Own the Night), the comedies (I Heart Huckabees, The Other Guys, Ted, Date Night), the action movies (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon).

      Wahlberg sinks himself so deeply into a role that you can easily forget who you are actually watching, which is not something you can say of most big-name actors (on some level Id forgotten that the same guy who played Dirk Diggler was also the one who larked around with a talking teddy bear). This relates to the second point about Wahlberg: it is rarely noted how excellent he is at being the calm centre of a movie, often surrounded by flashier performers, from Christian Bale smoking crack in The Fighter to Jack Nicholson being Jack Nicholson in The Departed to that talking bear in Ted and neither competing with them nor being overshadowed.

      I just do my thing, he says, most comfortable with self-deprecation when talking about his acting. But then he loosens up as he switches to producer mode (he produced, among others, The Fighter and Deepwater Horizon): Im thinking about the big picture, not my individual experience as an actor. Ive seen actors who are like: Oh God, this is my moment, and I dont think it services the movie. You have to put the movie first.

      Largely, I suspect, for this reason, Wahlberg has a tendency to be overlooked by critics and accolades, which shine instead upon his co-stars. He was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar for The Departed, but he was almost completely ignored for The Fighter, even though hed spent four years training as a boxer for the role; the awards instead went to his co-stars, Bale and Melissa Leo. Does that not bug him?

      Well, I come from the real world and youre only as good as the people around you, he says. Thats always been my philosophy. I dont know if its because of my background in sports, but I want the whole team to be good.

      It is partly this lack of look-at-me starriness that has helped him retain a relative kind of normality in the eyes of the public, and there is a loose, hey-Im-just-a-guy attitude to him in person. Whereas fellow Massachusetts boy Matt Damon is covered in Hollywood glitter, Wahlberg despite being a celebrity for far longer still has a coating of grit.

      Look, I live in a big house, I drive a fancy car, he says. But I still feel like Im gonna end up where I came from and as long as I can go there with my head held high and Im welcomed back with open arms, then Im OK.

      Click here to watch a trailer for Wahlburgers.

      Wahlberg, who grew up in the working-class area of Dorchester in Boston, is the youngest of nine siblings. If you want to see how close this family is then allow me to direct you to their rather extroardinary reality TV show called – what else? – Wahlburgers, which you almost certainly have never watched. Ostensibly made to promote the familys restaurant franchise, Wahlburgers, now in its sixth series, is a rather pleasing antidote to Keeping Up with the Kardashians because, with the exception of the shots of Wahlbergs LA house which is, indeed, big and fancy there is little here thats aspirational. Whereas the Kardashians go shopping on Rodeo Drive, the Wahlberg matriarch, Alma, hunts for bargain shoes at a store called Frugal Fannies. It is more than a little odd to see Wahlberg, an A-lister, on this shonky reality show, but, he says simply: It was an opportunity for the family to spend time together.

      He talks about his childhood fondly, with his dad, a truck driver, taking him to see Steve McQueen movies on weekends. The full picture, however, was more complicated, to put it mildly. Wahlberg was suffering from drug addiction by the age of 13 and, while still a teenager, racially abused a group of black schoolchildren and beat a Vietnamese man with a stick. He also assaulted another Vietnamese man, punching him in the face. He pleaded guilty to assault and battery and served 45 days in prison. He sums up that period of his life as one in which a lot of things happened and I made a lot of mistakes. But you try to live in the moment and look to the future.

      The good thing that came out of it, he says, is that he connected with his Catholicism. Everybody goes to jail and gets on their hands and knees and says: Please God, if you get me out I promise Ill never do it again. And of course, by the time youre out, you fall back into the same habits. But something just kept me wanting to go a little bit more into it, he says.

      Catholicism is still a major part of his life. He has a daily prayer routine which I absolutely cannot miss and any movie shooting schedules must accommodate his weekly trip to mass. Everything good that has happened to me in my life, whether its meeting my wife or the births of my children, happened when I started focusing on my faith, he says. He grins: I sound like Im in the recruiting office, dont I? Here, Ive got some brochures for you.

      Youd have to work hard to recruit a New York Jew, I say.

      Jesus was a Jew, he replies with mock solemnity, enjoying switching from talking about himself to teasing banter. I got a lotta New York Jews with me on this trip. Wheres Mr Weinstein? Bring him in! Hes my bubelah!

      Indecent exposure: the 21-year-old Wahlberg poses with a 17 or 18-year-old Kate Moss. Photograph: Calvin Klein

      But if finding religion is a common path trod by ex-cons, the other route Wahlberg took after leaving prison was a little more unusual: he became a hugely successful model. Back in 1992 he posed, in full muscular glory, with Kate Moss for Calvin Klein in one of the most celebrated campaigns of all time. Moss has since said she deeply regretted the shoot. I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go and work with Marky Mark, she told Vanity Fair in 2012. It didnt feel like me at all. I felt really bad about straddling this buff guy. I didnt like it. I couldnt get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die.

      Wahlberg was only 21 with no experience of the fashion world at the time. Did he feel similarly exploited?

      Well, for me it was different, he says. The frustration that I felt was that when we talked about doing that, I was doing my music and they were like: OK, it will be about what youre doing, but then it became just about [the image].

      But you know, I still signed up for it, it was what it was and I think there were pros and cons. And Kates had a good career, he concludes, which seems a tad dismissive of an 18-year-olds nervous breakdown, but, as Wahlberg says, he is not really one for introspection or reflection.

      There is a distinct smack of the guys guy about Wahlberg, the one who still raves about his mothers bolognese and keeps his friends from home close. So close that two of them are on this trip to London with him. Does he always travel with his buddies? Yeah! They may get fired for a short amount of time but they always come back. Were not the most professional group, Wahlberg says proudly. This part of his life was, of course, memorialised in the TV show and film Entourage, which he co-produced (You take a swing and hope to hit a home run and sometimes you miss, is how he sums up the widely panned film version.) But is it difficult when your life is so different from those of your friends that you can fire them?

      Difficult? he repeats, baffled.

      Yes, isnt it awkward?

      I dont know, youd have to ask them, he shoots back, a little grumpily.

      He pauses for a few seconds: No. Look, I think, my real friends are certainly happy for the success Ive had. But I try to spread and share as much as possible.

      On cue, one of his buddies comes back into the room with a salad and a drink for Wahlberg. Any remnants of Wahlbergs boredom and glumness are gone. Instead, he becomes downright larky.

      I have a major issue with adolescent behaviour with my friends, says the Hollywood mogul, punching his patiently smiling friend in the shoulder, and I realise I am basically in Entourage. And suddenly, Wahlberg surprises me by being so unsurprising.

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      Media captionPrincess Charlotte gives some balloons the royal seal of approval

      Prince George and Princess Charlotte have played with children of the Canadian military at a rare joint appearance at an official event.

      Charlotte, 16 months, was heard speaking in public for the first time – saying “pop” at the balloons that filled Government House in Victoria.

      The residence was transformed into a children’s paradise, which included a petting zoo and miniature ponies.

      The play day was on day six of the Cambridges’ eight-day tour of Canada.

      It is the first official trip all four of the family have been on together.

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      By Peter Hunt, BBC royal correspondent

      Those who chronicle the lives of the Cambridges now know that balloons are the way to a 16-month-old princess’s heart and Charlotte’s first public utterance was to use the word “boo”.

      And for toddler George there was much fun to be had squirting bubbles at his father – even if he is a future king of Canada and the UK.

      Considerable column inches are generated from such offerings. The power of the images is considerable.

      The children personify the future of the Canadian monarchy in a country that may, one day, chose a different path.

      There’s no sign, at the moment, of that being the desire of the majority of Canadians.

      George and Charlotte, on display, will not become an everyday occurrence.

      William and Kate are determined their children grow up in private and not in public. This party will attract global attention because of its rarity value.

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      Prince William could be heard saying “are we going to go pop?” to his daughter and then asked her: “Would you like a balloon, Charlotte?”

      Charlotte is said to have made everyone in the grounds of Government House – the home of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – laugh when she tried to lift up a huge balloon archway that led to the petting zoo.

      George appeared excited by the attractions and could not resist squirting Charlotte with bubbles.

      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were said to be happy that the event had been staged for them and pleased their son and daughter had the opportunity to play with others.

      24 Sept Victoria, British Columbia: The duke and duchess, accompanied by their children, arrived in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

      25 Sept Vancouver, British Columbia: The duke and duchess visited Sheway, the Immigration Services Society of British Columbia – for an event to celebrate young leaders in Canadian arts, music, sport, charity, business, and film, and then visited the Kitsilano coastguard station.

      26 Sept Bella Bella and the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia: The duke and duchess travelled to the Great Bear Rainforest, visiting the Heiltsuk First Nations community and attending a reception hosted by the province of British Columbia at Government House.

      27 Sept Kelowna, British Columbia and Whitehorse, Yukon: The royals will tour the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia and take part in the BC government’s “Taste of British Columbia” festival at Mission Hill Winery before flying to Whitehorse, where they will be greeted by members of the Canadian Rangers.

      28 Sept Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon: William and Catherine will visit the MacBride Museum and meet members of Whitehorse’s cultural community before travelling to Carcross, where they will be welcomed by the Carcross/Tagish First Nation.

      29 Sept Victoria, British Columbia: The royal couple and their children attend a children’s party in the grounds of Government House, which will be attended by military families.

      30 Sept Haida Gwaii, British Columbia: The duke and duchess visit Haida Gwaii, the archipelago on the northern coast of British Columbia, home to the Haida Nation. They will attend the opening of the new Haida Gwaii hospital and care centre. They will join local youths for a fishing expedition on the waters of Hecate Strait.

      30 Sept Victoria, British Columbia: The royal couple will visit the Cridge Centre for the Family, which provides services and support for women who have experienced domestic violence. They will then meet families who have received support from the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and later youth working with the Sail and Life Training Society. They end their tour with a public official departure ceremony at Victoria Harbour Airport.

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      (CNN)There’s been no silence of the “Lambs” (as diehard Mariah Carey fans are known) after Miley Cyrus threw shade at Carey.

      Cyrus has started a bit of feud with Carey’s followers thanks to her comments to Elle magazine that she’s “never really been a fan” of the Grammy winner.
      Why? Because, Cyrus claims,Carey makes her music all about herself and the 23-year-oldcan “see through that.”
        The “Smilers” (as Cyrus affectionately calls her fan base) and the “Lambs” have taken sides on Twitter.
        It’s worth noting, Cyrus has made headlines over the years for her extreme outfit choices, twerking and using her music to work through her breakup with Liam Hemsworth. (“Wrecking Ball” anyone?)
        But Cyrus doesn’t quite see it that way.
        “What I make isn’t about me,” she said. “It’s about sharing my story; it’s about someone being connected to what I’m saying.”
        We are now waiting for Carey to respond with the same diss she once issued against another pop star, “I don’t know her.”

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        With their dark music, inscrutable cool and painful authenticity, the Manchester band have inspired a generation of rappers pushing the boundaries of hip-hop

        If rappers are the new rock stars perhaps its because so many of them seem to be cognizant of the old ones. On Tuesday, Danny Brown, one of raps most interesting voices, released his new album, Atrocity Exhibition, named after a Joy Division song (itself named after the book by JG Ballard). Brown has a longstanding relationship with the band. In a 2013 Guardian interview, he cited Ian Curtis as an influence, and the band have informed his music since 2011s album XXX.

        Brown told Rolling Stone that he named the album Atrocity Exhibition because he identified with Curtiss pain in the song the authenticity of which received terrible confirmation when the singer hanged himself in 1980, aged 23. I just relate to that song a lot, he said. That song, [Ian Curtis is] pretty much talking about how he feels like hes part of a freak show almost. People just wanna come see him and they just wanna see him be a certain type of way. I totally relate to that.

        Though Joy Division and Danny Brown or even post-punk and rap may seem to exist on opposite ends of the spectrum, there is definitely an emotional through line that links the two. The bands influence has added a dark tint to the sounds and aesthetics of two generations of backpack and avant garde rappers. Tyler, the Creator, who once called Odd Future the new Sex Pistols, rapped that he was a modern-day Ian Curtis on Leather Head. Earl Sweatshirt played Decades on a keyboard during his interview last year. Memphis rapper Cities Aviv referred to Curtis death on his mixtape Black Pleasure. Lupe Fiasco paid tribute to Joy Division with his band Japanese Cartoon. Kanye West asked designer Peter Saville, who created Joy Divisions iconic record sleeves, to design his logo. Vince Staples has said that Joy Divisions Unknown Pleasures inspired his debut album, Summertime 06. (They were all following in the footsteps of Grace Jones, who released a scarifying reggae cover of Shes Lost Control in 1980.)

        In an interview with RBMA, Staples touched on why so many rap artists respond to Joy Division. BB King and Ian Curtis sing about the same things, he said. Its all life. In hip-hop, specifically, everything is sectioned off Why are we still trying to limit ourselves? Rappers attempting to push the boundaries of hip-hop have often attempted to incorporate kinds of music traditionally circumscribed by the genre. As for the lyrics, the themes of many Joy Division songs failure, crisis, loss and depression are as relatable to rappers as they are to anyone else.

        It goes without saying that Joy Division are far from the only white rock band to have inspired current rappers. OG Maco, whose breakout hit, U Guessed It, went viral in 2014, recently released an EP called Blvk Phil Collins, a nod to the Genesis frontman. Aesop Rock has long cited folk rockers the Mountain Goats and singer-songwriter John Darnielle as one of his primary inspirations for his densely packed lyrics. Lil B once released a song featuring Elliott Smith, while Mac Millers producer alter ego Larry Fisherman later covered Angeles. Rappers often see their own reflections in the most unlikely places.

        During his 2014 Lollapalooza set, Vic Mensa covered the White Stripes Seven Nation Army, invoking the band as a means to rile the crowd up. Azealia Banks has long been an Interpol fanatic. She covered Slow Hands early in her career, and later said it was a dream of hers to be in the band. Lil Uzi Vert, a rapper the Fader called the first rock star of post-Obama rap, has been vocal about his Marilyn Manson fandom. Listen here, at age 27 I will leave this Earth for this man right here, Uzi said of Manson in a Nardwuar interview. Hes the Pale Emperor. Some connections make more sense than others. Its easy to trace Coldplays influence on Atlanta bubblegum pop rapper Lil Yachty (who once said his favorite album of all-time is Ghost Stories), whose sugary synth confections often evoke a strawberry swing.

        Of course rappers are inspiring rockers, too. Earlier this year, Young Thug wrote a song called Rocket Man (whose title later changed to Elton and again to Kanye West on his mixtape JEFFERY) as a tribute to Elton John. John, in turn, said he was a fan of Thugs: I heard a track on Beats 1 and I loved it so much. Iggy Pop also recently co-signed the Atlanta rapper. With his flamboyance, rebelliousness and gender fluidity, in his own way, Young Thug carries on the legacies of both Iggy and Elton. The rappers and the punks and the glam rockers arent really all that different. As genres continue to blur and artists become increasingly harder to categorize, perhaps we should be less surprised that they often understand each other.

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        Before the Dawn captures the London performances which marked Bushs return to the stage after a 35-year absence

        Kate Bush is releasing her first album for five years a live recording of her rapturously received live shows, which ran for 22 nights in the summer of 2014 at Londons Hammersmith Apollo.

        Like the live performance, the album is titled Before the Dawn and will be released digitally, on 3CDs and four vinyl albums on 25 November. It will be Bushs second live record. Her only previous live shows, 1979s Tour of Life, were captured on the video and album set Live at Hammersmith Odeon.

        There was a 35-year gap between Bushs two live shows. Bush had said that Tour of Life was so physically arduous she had no desire to repeat the experience. She credited her son Bertie with the impetus for her return to the stage, writing: Without my son, Bertie, this would never have happened. Without his encouragement and enthusiasm, particularly in the early stages when I was very frightened to commit to pushing the go button, Im sure I would have backed out.

        Though Before the Dawn was a highly theatrical presentation, winning the special editors award at the London Evening Standard Theatre awards, no plans to release a visual recording have been announced.

        Bush released the first track from the set, Prologue, on Soundcloud.

        Bush produced the album, promising that it was an entirely faithful recording, without any overdubs. The tracklist exactly follows the live setlist, which was separated into four sections, the two middle ones being the song suites A Ninth Wave and Aerial. No songs recorded before 1985 were performed; the set was drawn entirely from the albums Hounds of Love, The Sensual World, The Red Shoes and Aerial. One new song, Tawny Moon, was performed by Bertie.

        After the run of concerts, which sold out instantaneously, Bush wrote: One of the main reasons for wanted to perform live again was to have that contact with the audience. They took my breath away I just never imagined it would be possible to connect with an audience on such a powerful and intimate level; to feel such, well quite frankly, love.

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