Steady rain greets Jazz Fest as 1st weekend closes
2013-04-29 04:15:00 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A steady, sometimes heavy rain pelted fans Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but the music flowed on.
A soaked Dave Matthews and his band played through a strong downpour at the tail end of the clo...
Country superstar George Jones dead at 81
2013-04-28 17:09:06 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When it comes to country music, George Jones was The Voice.
Other great singers have come and gone, but this fact remained inviolate until Jones passed away Friday at 81 in a Nashville hospital after a year of il...
Rolling Stones to play small LA club ahead of tour
2013-04-28 04:58:11 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Surprise!
Before they kick off their "50 and Counting" tour, the Rolling Stones are playing a warm-up date at a small Los Angeles club.
The band is set to perform Saturday night at the Echoplex before a sold-out crow...
Woody Guthrie Center opens Saturday in Tulsa
2013-04-27 19:45:01 UTC
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It took Woody Guthrie's hometown of Okemah more than 30 years after his death to finally celebrate his life and work with an annual music festival, and signs of acknowledgment in other parts of Oklahoma have been rare....
Swedish police find drugs on Bieber tour bus
2013-04-25 15:34:04 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The latest chapter in Justin Bieber's European tour escapade was added Thursday when Swedish police said they had found drugs and a stun gun on the pop singer's bus.
Lars Bystrom, spokesman for the Stockholm police, told The ...
Metallica to debut new film on IMAX in September
2013-04-24 16:17:48 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Metallica already planned to go big with its new 3D film. IMAX is helping make the debut for "Metallica Through The Never" giant-sized.
The film that mixes concert footage with a dramatic narrative and CGI will ...
Germany: Bieber's monkey going nowhere
2013-04-24 04:47:53 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German customs authorities said Tuesday that Justin Bieber's monkey is going nowhere for now even though the singer has apparently asked that it be removed from an animal shelter where it is staying and be placed in a zoo.
Daft Punk sets record on Spotify with 'Get Lucky'
2013-04-22 05:01:37 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Daft Punk has set a record on Spotify.
The music service says the French electronic duo's song "Get Lucky" had the biggest streaming day for a single track on Friday in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Spotify wouldn't release...
Inmates, orchestra members perform behind bars
2013-04-15 04:54:46 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Strains of classical music echoed on Sunday — not inside an august concert hall — but in a bleak Chicago jail where the mostly teenage boys await trial on charges ranging from dope dealing to murder.
Beyonce trip to Cuba 'hypocritical'
2013-04-14 16:38:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio says entertainers Beyonce and Jay-Z missed a chance while in Cuba to see firsthand the effects of political oppression.
The Republican lawmaker from Florida calls their recent trip "hypocritical" and he...
Rebel Wilson prepares to open MTV Awards with song
2013-04-13 16:46:48 UTC
CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Rebel Wilson sings, dances and summons laughs — and that's just in the opening moments of this weekend's MTV Movie Awards.
The Australian actress is hosting the show, and she's set to start the cerem...
PSY says he hopes NKoreans enjoy his new single
2013-04-13 16:44:28 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean rapper PSY says he hopes North Koreans will enjoy his new single even as tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula.
PSY released his latest single, "Gentleman," in 119 countries on Fri...
Rick Ross apologizes for pro-rape lyrics
2013-04-12 19:47:46 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Reebok ended its relationship with Rick Ross, the rapper acknowledged that his lyrics on Rocko's song "U.O.E.N.O." were "offensive."
In a statement Friday, Ross said being a musician is "a great responsibilit...
A country song, assumptions _ and a racial outcry
2013-04-12 04:17:27 UTC
Southern white men don't usually drive racial dialogue. For as long as race has riven America, they have been depicted more often as the problem than the solution.
So after country music star Brad Paisley released his new song ...
Jay-Z references Cuba trip in song 'Open Letter'
2013-04-11 17:14:32 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z is defending his recent trip to Cuba in a new song.
He released "Open Letter" Thursday after two Florida Republican lawmakers questioned if his visit to Havana with wife Beyonce was officially licensed.
On the ...
Paul McCartney still UK's richest musician
2013-04-11 17:05:45 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Let it be — as in billionaire.
Paul McCartney remains Britain's wealthiest musician, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
The newspaper estimated Thursday that the ex-Beatle shares a 680 million-pound ($1.05 billion...
Flavor Flav felony case headed for trial in Vegas
2013-04-11 04:54:20 UTC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav is facing a trial on felony charges that he threatened his longtime girlfriend's 17-year-old son with a butcher knife during a family argument.
The 54-year-old former rap and reality TV...
White House celebrates the sounds of Memphis soul
2013-04-10 05:28:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said he'd been looking forward to a White House celebration of Memphis soul music for one reason.
"Let's face it, who does not love this music?" he asked Tuesday, opening the night's co...
Rolling Stones announce 9-city tour
2013-04-03 16:29:18 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Call it satisfaction: The Rolling Stones have announced a nine-city tour.
The veteran rockers said Wednesday their "50 and Counting" tour will kick off in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The date will be announced later...
Stones returning to stage: Why should we care?
2013-04-04 23:50:44 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones.
With Wednesday's expected announcement of a new Stones tour, those words will again signal the start of a rock 'n' roll show. Young music fans may wonder why there's still a fuss over da...
Buscemi to direct Vampire Weekend live stream
2013-04-02 17:12:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Buscemi (boo-SHEM'-ee) will direct a live stream of a Vampire Weekend concert to debut a new season of "Unstaged."
The stream will launch the fourth season of "American Express Unstaged," an online series that pair...
Singer India.Arie laughs off skin-lightening talk
2013-03-30 05:15:21 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — India.Arie is laughing off talk that she may have lightened her skin.
The R&B songstress is known for singing about being authentic and celebrating one's true self. But some accused India.Arie of lightening her skin when a...
Rapper Lil Wayne says he's an epileptic
2013-03-29 17:42:16 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Wayne says he's an epileptic and has had seizures for years.
In an interview with Los Angeles-based radio station Power 106 on Thursday, the 30-year-old rapper said epilepsy caused his most recent health scare earlier ...
Alice Cooper, Doors guitarist playing at academy
2013-03-29 05:35:56 UTC
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A pair of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members took the stage Thursday in South Dakota for the first show in a week of concerts benefiting a music academy for Sioux Falls Boys & Girls Clubs members.
Singer Dionne Warwick files for bankruptcy in NJ
2013-03-27 04:16:08 UTC
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Singer Dionne Warwick claims in a recent bankruptcy filing that she owes nearly $10 million in back taxes and her monthly expenses exceed $20,000.
The South Orange resident and singer of classics such as "Walk On By," ...