Romanian-Canadian singer dies after car plunges into Danube
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Anca Pop, a Romanian-Canadian singer-songwriter, has died after her car plunged into the Danube River. She was 34.
Emergency authorities identified her body after divers found her car late Monday in southwestern Romania. Her sister alerted police after she failed ...
Mesa man accused of killing his roommate over music choice
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Mesa say a man is in custody for allegedly killing his roommate over their choice of music.
They say 41-year-old Sheldon Sturgill is jailed on suspicion of second-degree murder.
It was unclear Monday if Sturgill has a lawyer yet.
Rapper T.I.: No contest to violating ban on public cursing
ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper T.I. is paying a $300 fine after pleading no contest to violating a local law in Georgia that prohibits public cursing.
The charge against the performer stems from a May incident at the gated community where he lives in the Atlanta suburb of Stockbridge.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson’s disease.
The Grammy-winning trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry ...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Country superstar Garth Brooks says Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is why he’s adding a second concert when he visits Minneapolis.
Brooks told reporters during a call Monday that his upcoming stadium tour is “all about one special night.” But the 50,000 tickets for his ...
Wisconsin composer’s music getting national exposure
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Composer and pianist Matthew Hollingsworth wonders if his music bosses somehow know when he has a day off.
Often, that’s when they want something from him, and they want it fast.
In response, Hollingsworth rearranges his life and works through the night to ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardi B is asking the public to not bash Offset, who became the target of internet outrage after he interrupted her set at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles Saturday night and asked her to get back together with him.
Cardi B on Sunday said in an Instagram video ...
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 ...
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote “I don’t want to be on this earth anymore” on Instagram. And they visited the “Saturday Night Live” star to make sure he was OK.
A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande’s ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Braxton has been nominated for Grammys again for her latest album, but these days the singer is also focusing on acting — and flexing her producing muscles.
“I find that I really love everything about film and film-making,” the multiplatinum-singer said in a recent ...
Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned
MOSCOW (AP) — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music.
Putin says “if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it.”
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — He didn’t play piano, but 15-year-old Joey Aikens had an ear for perfect pitch. When a family friend gave him a small console piano, he could hear it was out of tune.
A hands-on kid who took his electronic toys apart, diagrammed them and put them back together for fun, ...
Toni Braxton talks music, TV roles and Beyonce
Synched schedules keep musician couples in harmony
MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges.
The charges published Friday allege that Shakira listed the ...
- The Beaumont EnterpriseEnjoy Christmas time at 16th Annual ‘KFC’December 18, 2018
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Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81
Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.
Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake.
West appeared to reignite a feud with the fellow rapper in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he claimed Drake had called trying to threaten ...
Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame
NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard.
Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in ...
Music Review: Eddie Palmieri’s latest will move you to dance
Eddie Palmieri, “Mi Luz Mayor” (Ropeadope)
It might be the winter season for the U.S., but Eddie Palmieri brings the sunshine and warmth with his latest album, “Mi Luz Mayor.”
The Spanish Harlem, New Yorker is a living legend and cultural treasure — chances are you’ve heard his ...
Ex-OU football player sentenced to 5 years for wire fraud
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former University of Oklahoma football player and fledgling recording star has been sentenced to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors of almost $900,000.
Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old T.J. Hamilton of Dallas was sentenced Thursday and ...
Hours after Springsteen show closes, film drops on Netflix
NEW YORK (AP) — To director Thom Zimny, the key element in his filmed version of Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show was in the star’s eyes.
The Netflix documentary makes its first appearance on the service early in the morning of Dec. 16, ...
- AP names its Breakthrough Entertainers of 2018
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- 2018 Breakthrough Entertainer: 'Boo'd Up' singer Ella Mai
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- 2018 Breakthrough: Henry Golding of 'Crazy Rich Asians'
- Breakthrough Entertainer: 'Insecure' star Natasha Rothwell
- PHOTO GALLERY: Henry Golding - AP Breakthrough Entertainers 2018
- 2018 Breakthrough Entertainer: Country singer Kane Brown
- PHOTO GALLERY: Elsie Fisher - AP Breakthrough Entertainers 2018
- PHOTO GALLERY - John David Washington
- AP Breakthrough Entertainers 2018: Henry Golding
- 2018 Breakthrough: Elsie Fisher of 'Eighth Grade'
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of November 28, 2018:
TOP 20 ...
The pressure of composing new music for ‘Mary Poppins’
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Everyone involved in the making of ”Mary Poppins Returns ” felt the pressure to do justice to the original 1964 film.
Rob Marshall worked on it for three straight years. Animators came out of ...
- BusinessWireThe Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® Presents the Emilio and Gloria Estefan ScholarshipDecember 14, 2018
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- BusinessWireThe Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® Presents the Emilio and Gloria Estefan ScholarshipDecember 14, 2018
2018 Breakthrough Entertainer: ‘Boo’d Up’ singer Ella Mai
NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Ella Mai appreciates how much “Boo’d Up” has changed her life and jumpstarted her music career, but she wants to make one thing clear: “I know how to make songs. I’m not the ‘Boo’d Up’ girl.”
“Being someone who’s had an insane year off of one song, it can be a gift ...
NEW YORK (AP) — In the wise words of James Corden, there comes along a song every so often that defines a generation.
Doo doo doo doo doo doo.
The late-night TV host, carpool karaoke king and father of three young children was referring specifically, and wryly, to “Baby Shark,” now ...
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian parliament has announced a rap song competition amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts.
A dozen rappers have had their shows cancelled recently after warnings from officials who claim that their music promotes the ...
Fifteen-year-old Tegan Marie dreams of country music greatness
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in Chinese streaming music giant Tencent Music Entertainment rose nearly 8 percent to $14 on Thursday, their first day of trade.
The company’s initial public offering of 82 million shares, which was priced at $13 a share, is expected to raise between $1.07 billion ...
Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa adds more dates to tour
2018 Breakthrough Entertainer: Country singer Kane Brown
NEW YORK (AP) — Kane Brown wasn’t sure he was going to make it. But there was one thing he was certain about: He was never going to give up.
The singer from humble beginnings has become one of the brightest new singers in music and arguably country music’s most successful act of the year, ...
Review: LP, diminutive singer with big voice, lays it out
LP, “Heart to Mouth” (BMG/Vagrant)
There’s a reference to shape-shifting tucked into the lyrics of “When I’m Over You,” the second song on LP’s new album, “Heart to Mouth,” and it didn’t get there by accident.
Over the course of a dozen new songs, the diminutive singer works in ...
Timing is perfect for Florida Georgia Line’s 1st Grammy nom
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country powerhouse duo Florida Georgia Line has been dominating the sound of the genre for eight years and setting historical records in sales, airplay and streaming, and they’ve finally landed a coveted acknowledgement from the Recording Academy with their first-ever ...
Cannibal Corpse guitarist charged with burglary, assault
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say the lead guitarist for the death metal band Cannibal Corpse broke into a Florida house and tried to attack a deputy.
A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office news release says 53-year-old Patrick O’Brien was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated ...
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Floyd Estel Parton, the brother of country singer Dolly Parton, has died.
An obituary posted by Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville, Tennessee, says Parton died last Thursday. He was 61.
Like his sister, Floyd Parton was a songwriter and composer. His most ...
AP names Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s ‘X’ its top song of 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.
1. Nicky Jam and J Balvin, “X″: Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X″ is not just the Latin song of the year — it is SIMPLY THE SONG OF THE YEAR. A year after the uber-successful “Despacito,” comes “X″ — ...
Sydney Brakeley’s stepmother really is quite the witch.
The 12-year-old is a gingerbread child in the chorus of the LA Opera’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through this weekend.
Her stepmother, Grammy Award-winning ...
AP’s top 2018 albums: Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, J Cole
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.
1. Janelle Monae, “Dirty Computer”: When Janelle Monae released the masterfully brilliant “The ArchAndroid” in 2010, it was hard to imagine how this futuristic, already-seasoned artist could ...
Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz sings to hospitalized teen
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz has serenaded a Kansas high school senior who is hospitalized in St. Louis while awaiting a second double-lung transplant.
The Grammy Award winner stopped by the bedside of 18-year-old Madison Taliaferro, of Holton, on Sunday while he was in ...
Rapper Ty Dolla $ign indicted on felony drug charges
ATLANTA (AP) — Singer and rapper Ty Dolla $ign faces drug charges in Atlanta.
Court records show a Fulton County grand jury indicted the 36-year-old musician on Nov. 30 on charges of felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of THC and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
ATLANTA (AP) — Shaquille O’Neal has been to enough parties before Super Bowls to know that he can do much better.
“I’ve been to a million Super Bowl parties the past 15 years, and they’re all boring,” O’Neal said. “So this is Atlanta, I’m bringing the party to Atlanta. I wanted to do ...
Drummer suspected of embezzling $750K from charity concert
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say the former musical director for the United Nations and Arsenio Hall’s TV show has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling $750,000 from an overseas charity concert for homeless children.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says Monday that Robin DiMaggio could ...
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Meek Mill, Busta Rhymes and Fat Joe were among the rappers who came out to celebrate DJ Khaled’s birthday at an over-the-top party at the Perez Art Museum to close out Art Basel in Miami Beach.
The Haute Living party celebrated birthdays for both DJ Khaled and his ...
Teacher nixes ban on ‘Large Afros’ at concert after uproar
CINCINNATI (AP) — A middle-school music teacher apologized Monday and backed off his instructions that students should not have “Mohawks, Large Afros, or any other outlandish” hairstyles at an upcoming chorus concert.
Vocal music teacher Steven Reeves’ letter to students touched off a ...
The Latest: Teacher apologizes for hairstyle rules
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on a music teacher’s letter on student hairstyles (all times local):
A middle-school music teacher has apologized after hitting a sour note with a letter warning students against having “Mohawks, Large Afros, or any other outlandish” hairstyles ...
LONDON (AP) — Spice Girl Melanie Brown has suffered an unexplained injury in New York that required surgery to prevent her from losing her hand.
Brown said online Monday she needed three hours of surgery to repair damage to her hand. She also said she suffered two broken ribs.
Massive tuba ensemble blasts its way into record book
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A massive tuba ensemble has smashed a Guinness World Record in Kansas City and spread some Christmas cheer.
KSHB-TV reports that 835 tuba ...
Oklahoma man reunited with guitar after nearly 60 years
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It had been almost six decades since pedal steel guitar player Jerry Horner had seen the long-lost Fender Stringmaster.
Horner, 82, had driven from Tahlequah to the northwest Oklahoma City home of singer and Oklahoma music aficionado, T.J. Mayes.
Mayes and Horner ...