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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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2014-09-19 culture

Author Kiran Desai on early success and the Booker Prize

Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai talks to Clovis Casali about the third novel she's currently working on. Born in India, she's spent most of her life in the United States and...

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2014-09-18 contemporary art

The Biennale des Antiquaires: Where Miro meets million-dollar jewellery and antiques

It’s been called a destination of pleasure. For more than half a century visitors have been coming to Paris' Grand Palais for the grandest and most spectacular of all art and...

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2014-09-17 cinema

Encore's Film Show: Spies, doppelgangers and gay rights activists

Lisa Nesselson and Eve Jackson discuss the week's big cinema releases, including Philip Seymour Hoffman's last starring role in "A Most Wanted Man", the "Sin City" sequel and...

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2014-09-16 culture

Margaret Atwood: A Prophetic Writer in Paris

Over the past 50 years, her body of work has established her as not just a great writer, but as a sort of prophet forecasting tomorrow's world. She wrote about the female body in...

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2014-09-15 Apple

U2's Free Album Annoys Some Fans

In Encore's weekly music show we're talking about the "dramatic step forward in music distribution" as U2 release their new album for free on iTunes. We also have the round up of...

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