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Jackson’s album nears release

Janet Jackson has released more details of her upcoming studio album, “Unbreakable.”

The album, her first in seven years, will arrive Oct. 2. An announcement on her website Thursday offered a track listing and list of collaborators, and Jackson augmented the news with a series of tweets that further excited her obsessive fan base.

Like many of her classics, Jackson’s 11th studio album will be produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who nearly 30 years ago shocked pop fans with their innovative collaboration with Jackson on “Control.”

Other high-profile collaborations on the album include “Burnitup!” with Missy Elliott and her already released lead single, “No Sleeep,” which features rapper J. Cole.

– Los Angeles Times

Arts honorees named

President Barack Obama will present the 2014 National Medals of Arts and Humanities to visual artist John Baldessari, actress Sally Field, novelists Jhumpa Lahiri and Larry McMurtry , food activist and writer Alice Waters and 16 others at a White House ceremony on Sept. 10.

In addition to Field and Baldessari, the Medal of Arts will be given to director-choreographer Ping Chong, actress Miriam Colon, artist Ann Hamilton, composer Meredith Monk, singer George Shirley, and writers Stephen King and Tobias Wolff. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the University Musical Society in Michigan will also be recognized.

The recipients “have broadened our horizons and enriched our lives,” said National Endowment for the Arts chairwoman Jane Chu.

The NEA manages the nomination process for the medal, the highest honor given to aritsts and arts patrons by the federal goverment.

In addition to Lahiri, McMurtry and Waters, the 2014 National Humanities Medal will be presented to writer Anne Dillard, architect and preservationist Everett L. Fly, philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, scholar Fedwa Malti-Douglas and historians Vicki Lynn Ruiz and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham will also be honored.

The Clemente Course in the Humanities, a free course for disadvantaged youth that was created by the late Earl Shorris in Manhattan, is also a recipient.

– Washington Post

Let the games end!

The Buffalo Bills wrapped up their preseason schedule making Channel 7 much happier than Coach Rex Ryan was late Thursday night.

The four games that don’t count in the standings and used to be referred to as exhibition games, averaged a 23.5 rating and were by far the four highest-rated programs this summer.

The Bills’ bumbling 17-10 loss to Detroit Thursday featured a large number of players who won’t make the team. The game had a 21.4 rating and was the lowest-rated of the four games this preseason by 0.4 points.

The Bills’ 11-10 victory over Cleveland, which was carried on ESPN and Channel 7, was the highest-rated game of the preseason with a combined rating of 27.2.

It also was the highest-rated preseason game in the 15 years that Nielsen has been rating games here by meters.

– Alan Pergament