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    Interview With Will.i.am

    The 35-year-old formerly known as William Adams Jr. is now more ubiquitous than UGG boots and Red Bull combined. His next stop: the Super Bowl.
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    How Christmas Saved the Music Industry

    Amid the deluge of holiday music that comes in November and December, Mariah Carey’s "Merry Christmas II You" and Susan Boyle’s "The Gift" are poised to make all those other seasonal crooners sound like off-key carolers.
  • Abu Dhabi: An Oil-financed Cultural Center?

    In 2007, Forbes named Abu Dhabi the wealthiest city in the world, and like nouveaux riches everywhere, it has gone on a bit of a spending spree. Local branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums are under construction. They'll join the Abu Dhabi Poetry Academy and the Arab Heritage Village, with exhibits on life in the Gulf centuries before the mall with the ski slope moved into the neighborhood. And then there's Zaha Hadid's swooping design for the five-theater Performing Arts Center, which will make the Sydney Opera House look like a grade-school auditorium. Aside from the sand that still occasionally blows across the modern cityscape, the Abu Dhabi of a few decades ago wouldn't recognize itself today. But the most impressive display of cultural pride—not to mention deep pockets—sits on the floor of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It is the world's largest prayer rug—60,546 square feet of vibrant wool, handmade in Iran. It is so dazzling, you almost don't notice the gold-leaf domes...
  • Are Married People More Selfish than Singles?

    Parents should think twice before pushing their children toward the altar. According to "Marriage: The Good, the Bad and the Greedy," a paper published by the American Sociological Association, married people are significantly less likely than the unmarried to visit their parents and siblings. Only 60 percent surveyed admitted contacting their parents in the past month, as compared with 80 percent of never-married respondents.Only 30 percent said they'd socialized with friends in the same period, in contrast to 70 percent of unmarrieds.The silver lining? Married couples are asking less of others: from 1985 to 2004, the number of people they confided in dropped by one third, while the amount of deep discussion with their spouses rose. Here's to wedded bliss—and isolation.
  • Protecting Your Internet Reputation

    The growing threat that your good name will be unfairly besmirched online has given rise to a new industry: Internet reputation repair. Companies like ReputationHawk and Reputation Defender aim to push offending material down a few search pages, where most users won't see it. They do it by creating multiple links to positive data about you, crowding out the negative, for $4,000 to $30,000. For clients not yet tarnished, they recommend creating a "preemptive wall" of positive online content, to ward off future attacks. Jeff Henderson of DONE! SEO calls this "the next generation of public relations." Of course, the same trick could work for bad guys, but the services say they refuse clients who might do harm to others.
  • A Change in the Wind

    'The Kite Runner': A film adaptation so intent on authenticity, the book's characters now speak in Dari.
  • The ‘New Dad’? Give Me a Break.

    My 4-year-old is asking for apple juice, all we have is margarita mix and I have two deadlines and 400 e-mails to attend to before I can make it to the market. As for my husband? I believe Raj hasn't seen the inside of a grocery store since he worked at one back in high school. Stocking the fridge is my task, as well as getting our son to school, scheduling his speech-therapy appointments, making dinner … I wouldn't mind if raising our child was my sole job, but it's not. My husband and I both work full time, and though he's definitely a modern, "hands-on" dad, I'm still juggling most things kid-related.Still, Raj is more dedicated than any father I know. He stayed at home for the first year of our son's life while I worked, and has been present every step of the way—from changing diapers to teaching our son classic Bollywood dance moves (an endless source of amusement). It's clear that, like a growing number of his male peers, he sees parenting and career as equal priorities. I'm...
  • You and Your Quirky Kid

    The girl who wears her clothes inside out, the boy who loves plumbing. What parents and experts say about the children who just don't fit in.
  • Teaching the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony

    They're bungling ballads in Kazakhstan, mauling Bollywood favorites in India and shout-singing Beyoncé numbers in Bolivia. Most every country—even those that lack running water and free elections—has its own version of "American Idol." This is not necessarily a bad thing. The very American idea that anyone can be a star has helped break down rigid class barriers in several countries. In places where the concept of democracy is still shaky, "Idol" lets viewers have the vote—last year alone, the global number of votes cast for contestants within the "Idol" franchise exceeded 2 billion. But as for "Idol" 's influence on music? Let's just say now that regional productions of the show have infiltrated 39 countries, "Idol" has lowered the artistic bar so drastically that Britney and 'N Sync sound like creative geniuses by comparison.Listen to singing amateurs from Argentina to Afghanistan, and you'll discover that they all sound the same, down to the Céline Dion melodrama in their voices...