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Robin lays it on a bit Thicke

He sung about blurred lines, but has Robin Thicke crossed the line? Music critics certainly seem to think so. The R&B singer’s new album is named after his estranged wife, but critics say it sounds more like a thriller than a love ballad.

Also on our special music show: singing to remember. As Sarajevo marked the centennial of an archduke's murder that lit the fuse for World War I, its orchestral choir joined up with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to offer a message of unity to the divided country and continent.

Finally, music with a mission: festival season is in full swing and this year many are pairing good tunes with a good cause. We tell you how.

By Jade BARKER , Mariam SAAB

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2016-02-12 culture

Saimir Pirgu, a leading tenor mentored by Pavarotti and Domingo

Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu has performed in the most prestigious venues, whether it is La Scala in Milan or the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He is now singing Verdi's requiem...

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2016-02-11 culture

A rare documentary on life in Iraq, before and after the US invasion

"Homeland, Iraq Year Zero" is a new documentary depicting everyday life in Iraq just before and after the US invasion. Filmmaker Abbas Fahdel shows how his family and friends...

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2016-02-10 culture

Cohen brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' with George Clooney opens Berlin film festival

The Cohen brothers have the privilege of opening the Berlin film festival with "Hail, Caesar!", a comedy on Hollywood’s golden age starring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and...

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2016-02-09 culture

Irish writer Rob Doyle blends philosophy and humour in 'This is the Ritual'

Irish writer Rob Doyle explains to Clovis Casali why Friedrich Nietzsche has such a strong impact on his work and life. After exploring the minds of disenchanted alcohol-fuelled...

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2016-02-08 music

'Vinyl': Jagger and Scorsese's TV drama on sex, drugs and rock'n'roll

Mick Jagger meets Martin Scorsese for a new TV series exploring the world of sex drugs and rock'n'roll in the '70s music industry. Also, superstar Kanye West releases his eighth...

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