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R. Kelly Dropped by RCA Records After Documentary Furor

Online outrage over that reporting led to a social media campaign, #MuteRKelly. “Surviving R. Kelly,” broadcast in six parts this month by Lifetime, reinvigorated that campaign, leading to protests outside the corporate offices of RCA and Sony in New York and Culver City, Calif. Prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta, where …

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Passing the Baton (and Harpsichord) at Philharmonia Baroque

Many orchestras pass their batons from one conductor to another. Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, based in San Francisco and one of the country’s most respected period-instrument ensembles, will be passing its harpsichord, too. The orchestra announced on Thursday that its next music director would be the conductor (and harpsichordist) Richard Egarr, …

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James Blake Finds Love, Moodily, on ‘Assume Form’

Love is a murky, uncertain, only sporadically blissful thing on James Blake’s fourth album, “Assume Form.” But sometimes it manages to break through his chronic melancholy. He needs the changeup, because echoes of his own past are his toughest competition. Since the release of his self-titled debut album in 2011, …

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