CMA voters consider whether to nominate ‘Old Town Road’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill...
Lil Nas X’s viral song sets more records on Billboard charts
NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Nas X is galloping his way to two new records on the Billboard charts thanks to the massive success of "Old Town Road."
NEW YORK (AP) — It's one sweet day for Lil Nas X: The breakthrough rapper's viral "Old Town Road" has broken the Billboard record set by Mariah Carey's "One Sweet Day" for most weeks at No....
NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift are the top contenders at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, each scoring 10 nominations.
MTV announced Tuesday that Grande and Swift will...
NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Nas X has taken his horse to the old town road and ridden it to the top of the Billboard charts for 16 weeks, tying a record set by Mariah Carey and Luis Fonsi.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After "Old Town Road" kicked off a trend of country-trap this year, Blanco Brown felt the timing was just right for his dance hit "The Git Up."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for...
The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi B to Lil Nas X. But the show belonged to artists viewed as icons in the black...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2019 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local):
Correction: US-Music-Lil Nas X story
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story June 10 about Lil Nas X, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Broken Bow Records had "just signed" Blanco Brown and misspelled the title of his song as...
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta rapper's take on country music has inspired a mostly nonverbal autistic boy in Minnesota to sing.
Lil Nas X has found huge success with the song, "Old Town Road."...
"Old Town Road" is coming to the Stanley Cup Final.
Lil Nas X will perform the top song in the world Monday in Boston as part of the pregame festivities before the series between the Bruins...
Country stars love Lil Nas X
Sting on Las Vegas residency, new album and Juice WRLD
NEW YORK (AP) — Sin City? More like Sting City.
Grammy-winning superstar Sting is heading to Las Vegas to launch a residency next year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood, police said, cutting short a career that...
Reaction to the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed on Sunday in Los Angeles.
— "This doesn't make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His...
Billboard removes rapper Lil Nas X from country chart
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Billboard told rapper Lil Nas X to take his horse and giddy up when they decided to remove his viral hit "Old Town Road" from their country charts because they determined...
- Rome News-TribuneLil Nas X 'pushed by the universe' to come out as gayAugust 16, 2019
- San Antonio Express-NewsBET Awards honor entertainment iconsJune 24, 2019
- The Washington TimesD.C. music scene attracts visitors to variety of venuesDecember 27, 2018
- Star TribuneWu-Tang kicks off '36 Chambers' tour at Minnesota's Soundset: 'Kids still relate to that album'May 24, 2018
Pusha T on winning in 2018, Grammy nom, Drake and Kanye West
NEW YORK (AP) — Pusha T has been on a winning streak.
In a year where rap easily dominated as music's top genre, Pusha T's 21-minute, seven-track "Daytona" album moved the needle and became one of the most successful hip-hop projects of the year, he won his rap beef with Drake and he earned a Grammy nomination for best rap album.
As the rap star reflects on the year, he says: "I really can look back at 2018 and really look at it as a total win."
Concert Capital: Can DC become America’s next big music town
WASHINGTON (AP) — Who says the nation's capital must only be known as a political town?
It may be years before D.C. has the reputation of a music city like Austin, Texas, Chicago, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, New York or Los Angeles. Yet the foundation has been laid with a rich history, from the jazz of Duke Ellington to the go-go of Chuck Brown, the R&B of Screamin' Joe Neal to the telecasters of Link Wray, and the punk scene of Dischord Records.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 9-15
Sept. 9: Actress Sylvia Miles ("Midnight Cowboy") is 84. Actor Topol ("Fiddler on the Roof") is 83. Singer Luther Simmons (The Main Ingredient) is 76. Singer Dee Dee Sharp is 73. Singer-keyboardist Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly) is 72. Guitarist John McFee of The Doobie Brothers is 68. Actor Tom Wopat is 67. Musician-producer Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) is 66. Actor Hugh Grant is 58. Actor Charles Esten ("Nashville") is 53. Actress Constance Marie ("George Lopez") is 53. Actor-comedian Adam Sandler is 52. Model Rachel Hunter is 49. Actor Eric Stonestreet is 47. Actor Henry Thomas ("E.T.") is 47. Actor Goran Visnjic ("ER") is 46. Jazz singer Michael Buble is 43. Actress Michelle Williams ("Brokeback Mountain," ''Dawson's Creek") is 38. Singer Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones is 35. Country singer Hunter Hayes is 27.
EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy fatally shot by a police officer in Pennsylvania seconds after he fled a traffic stop did not pose a threat to anyone, a lawyer for the family of the teen said.
Kanye West is "hand producing" five new albums.
The 'Gold Digger' hitmaker previously announced on Twitter he would be releasing a new album in June, along with several collaborative records, and now he claims to be fine-tuning them all himself.
Kanye tweeted: "I'm hand producing all the albums I tweeted about. Been chopping samples from the sunken place Pusha May 25th My album June 1st me and Cudi June 8th and Teyana June 22nd and oh yeah... Nas June 15th [sic]"
46th Lakeland Jazz Festival to feature innovative sax man Donald Harrison
46th Lakeland Jazz Festival to feature innovative sax man Donald Harrison
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Donald Harrison, whose quintet headlines the 46th annual Lakeland Jazz Festival at Lakeland Community College this weekend, is known for taking quantum leaps with the genre.
Some Jack Yates High School students were more focused on cafeteria dance-offs with police officers than the hip-hop royalty in their midst on Friday in the final moments of school before spring break.
But Brad Jordan didn’t mind. He’ll catch the serious ones, the musical talents and the business minds this fall when he returns to campus as a guest lecturer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was late October 2017 and a packed house of VIPs had gathered at Washington's Kennedy Center to watch David Letterman receive the Mark Twain award for a career in comedy. A stream of comedians took the stage to sing Letterman's praises, and several couldn't resist taking good-natured shots at the crowd.
Martin Short deadpanned, "It says a lot about America when people from different white backgrounds can gather together like this."
Gilda Radner documentary to open Tribeca Film Festival
NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary about the comedian and original "Saturday Night Live" member Gilda Radner will kick off the 17th Tribeca Film Festival.
The New York festival announced the opening-night selection of "Love, Gilda" on Tuesday. The film, directed by first-time feature filmmaker Lisa D'Apolito, marks the sixth year in a row Tribeca will open with a documentary.
- Business WireAriana Grande, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X Top Nominations for the 2019 “VMAs” Airing Live Globally on MTV Monday, August 26th at 8:00pm ET/PT from Prudential CenterJuly 23, 2019
- Business WireTALES Returns to BET for Season 2 Featuring an Exclusive, Soon-to-Be-Released Song, “Brothers” by Kanye West Feat. Charlie Wilson, Produced by TALES Creator, Producer and Writer Irv ‘Gotti’ Lorenzo and SevenJune 14, 2019
- BusinessWireMempho Music Festival Announces Daily LineupJune 15, 2018
- BusinessWireMempho Music Festival Announces Daily LineupJune 15, 2018
- BusinessWireYara Shahidi, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Nick Cannon, Jussie Smollett, Caleb McLaughlin, Yvonne Orji and More Join the Free BET Fan Fest Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at the Los Angeles Convention CenterMay 1, 2018
Kacey Musgraves, Jessie Reyez shine at pre-Grammy showcase
NEW YORK (AP) — While Universal Music Group's annual pre-Grammy showcase highlighted current Grammy nominees such as Luis Fonsi, Logic, Migos and Julia Michaels, it was country singer Kacey Musgraves and rising star Jessie Reyez who shined brightest on Saturday.
Musgraves sang two new songs from her upcoming third album, "Golden Hour," strumming her guitar onstage with a six-member band and earning a standing ovation from the audience of record executives, music industry players and press.
Kendrick Lamar is favored to win Album of the Year on Sunday, becoming the first rap artist since OutKast to win the prize
A prediction for Sunday night's Grammy awards: A rap album will win Album of the Year.
They are musical icons, but they’ve never won a Grammy Award
NEW YORK CITY (AP) — Remember when the cast of the TV series "Glee" earned a Grammy nomination for their version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" at the 2011 Grammys, pitting them against Sade, Maroon 5 and Paramore?
It's fair that you don't recall that moment — but guess who never earned a nomination for "Don't Stop Believin'''? Journey.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have never even earned a Grammy Award, and have only been nominated once in their entire career.
Lyor Cohen says hip-hop should dominate at upcoming Grammys
ATLANTA (AP) — Music executive Lyor Cohen says hip-hop should dominate the top categories at the upcoming Grammys.
Cohen spoke with The Associated Press on Thursday about the Recording Academy giving rap a "deserving" chance. Both Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar are nominated for album and record of the year. Jay-Z, the leading nominee with eight, is also nominated for song of the year.
"It's long overdue for the right artists to win the right category in the right time," Cohen said.
Springfield factory makes cassette tape
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A sprawling factory in downtown Springfield will soon be the only place in the country, maybe even the world, to make the tape that goes inside audiocassettes.
Yes, people still use those.
Lots of people. National Audio Company's factory makes more than 10 million cassettes per year.
In recent years, a worldwide shortage of tape showed few signs of relief. For a long time, National Audio muddled through by purchasing stocks of tape from other manufacturers.
Nicki Minaj has split from Nas.
The 'Anaconda' hitmaker had been dating the 44-year-old rapper - who has daughter Destiny, 23, with former girlfriend Carmen Bryan and son Knight, eight, with ex-wife Kelis - since June 2017 but they have decided to call time on their romance as they were living in different cities and found it hard to find the time to be together.
AP’s top songs of 2017: SZA, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Sam Hunt
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.
Hip-hop has long dominated culture — what took so long for it to dominate the Grammys?
Once considered a passing fad, hip-hop has permeated American pop music and become the most influential sound in the genre over the last half century. Its artists have gone from being persecuted over lyrics to bona-fide pop stars, corporate pitchmen, Hollywood players, tech moguls and label executives.
And now, after being largely overlooked in major categories for nearly four decades, this latest crop of Grammy nominations finally reflect the genre's continued prominence.
Gonzaga University Hip-Hop and Rap Club brings Seattle rapper Travis Thompson to campus
Growing up in Los Angeles, Gabriel Rivas listened to hip-hop and rap every chance he got.
In the car, he listened to 93.5 KDAY, a classic hip-hop station, and when he got his own computer, he listened to artists like Jay Z, Nas, Biggie, Tupac, Ghostface Killah and the Wu-Tang Clan.
He dove deep into their discographies and studied how the genre has evolved over the years, moving from Jay Z and Nas to artists like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Kanye West.
Jay-Z is a strange entity in the hip-hop game.
In a musical genre that, historically, favors the flavor of the moment, he's managed to maintain his relevance for more than two decades, making music and business decisions that keep him in the graces of hardcore hip-hop fans and music critics who tend to dismiss many of his peers.
Jay-Z dedicates song to Colin Kaepernick at NYC concert
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z performed his first headlining concert in three years in his hometown of New York City on Friday, a show that featured his popular hits and a dedication to outspoken NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
The Brooklyn rapper kicked off the first of three days of the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens, performing a 90-minute set that included his well-known songs as well as political moments.
Mariah Carey’s rap collaborations to be honored at VH1 event
NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey's many collaborations with rap artists will be celebrated at the 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors.
VH1 said Monday the singer will be honored at the Sept. 17 taping, dubbed "Hip Hop Honors: The 90's Game Changers," at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. It will air Sept. 18.
After his death, Notorious B.I.G.’s mom becomes his No.1 fan
NEW YORK (AP) — During the late 1990s when the Notorious B.I.G. emerged as rap's top performer, detailing street life in Brooklyn on songs and albums that dominated the pop charts, his mother didn't think much of his music, which she used to call "noise."
Now, she can't live without that noise.
Voletta Wallace says after her son died in 1997, she connected with his music and fell in love with Christopher Wallace, the artist.
Hip-hop reacts to Trump: ‘I’d rather an ugly truth than a beautiful lie’
In hip-hop, not everyone wants white supremacists to remain silent and not everyone wants President Donald Trump to unequivocally condemn them.
50 Cent feels Jay-Z's new album '4:44' sounds like "golf course music".
The 41-year-old rap star has taken aim at his fellow New Yorker in an now-deleted Instagram video, saying Jay's much-hyped new record is "too smart" for his taste.
50 - whose real name is Curtis Jackson - explained: "I thought the s**t was aight, you know what I'm sayin'? I liked the s**t. But I'm going to keep it 100: The s**t was a little, the s**t was too smart.
Wyclef Jean gets political: ‘Carnival III,’ refugees and Trump’s most powerful weapon
As the fate of President Donald Trump's travel ban hangs in the balance, Wyclef Jean is sending an empowering message to immigrants and refugees: America wouldn't be great without you.
Jay Z has hailed former US President Barack Obama as the "greatest rapper of all time".
The 47-year-old hip-hop star is a long-time supporter of the 44th US President and has included him among his biggest career inspirations after being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In a long-winded Twitter post, Jay wrote: "Thank you to all the people that have inspired me . Rakim KANE KRS chuck cube Jaz Em Andre Nas big PAC cole kendrick chance jayE ..wait,
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z, whose wife Beyonce is expecting twins soon, was absent from the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, where he was inducted by a charismatic longtime fan: former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Obama, appearing in a taped video, told the audience Thursday that he's been listening to Jay Z since he was a "young and hungry state senator" and compared himself to the New York rapper.
Lauryn Hill and Nas are ready to rule the world.
The singer and the rapper have announced a joint North American tour to kick off September 7 in Chicago.
The "Ms. Lauryn Hill & Nas" tour will land in 17 cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping in October.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z is set to headline another music festival.
The rapper is the top-billed act for this September's Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz are also listed atop the lineup.
Future, Nas, Weezer and LL Cool J are among other notable acts for the three-day concert set to begin on Sept. 15 at Citi Field in Queens, home of the New York Mets.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For seven days, the blare of trombones, tubas, washboards, guitars and soul-stirring vocals washes over this city as artists perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Jazz Fest features an assortment of well-known out-of-town artists such as Stevie Wonder and Maroon 5 as well as the zydeco, jazz and blues music Louisiana is known for. This year The Associated Press talked with festival-goers, musicians and vendors to find out why they come to the festival and what it means to them. Here are their stories:
2017 Jazz Fest to include Stevie Wonder, Nas, Maroon 5
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's 30 days and counting until nearly 600 performers converge on the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course for the annual celebration of music known as Jazz Fest.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held over two weekends, April 28-30 and May 4-7 featuring such names as Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Meghan Trainor, Herb Alpert, Alabama Shakes and Darius Rucker.