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ACM nominee engineer Gena Johnson crafts hit records

Apr. 13, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Inside the Nashville basement studio of audio engineer Gena Johnson, she has mementos from many of the artists she's helped to record and who have also shaped her own career. A turn of the century upright piano that Ben Folds helped her find...

Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl team up for a pandemic anthem

Apr. 13, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl have teamed up for a hard-rock pandemic anthem called “Eazy Sleazy.” “It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism," Jagger said in a statement Tuesday. “Thanks to Dave Grohl...

Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

Apr. 13, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Backed by an international concert hosted by Selena Gomez and headlined by Jennifer Lopez, Global Citizen is unveiling an ambitious campaign to help medical workers in the world’s poorest countries quickly receive COVID-19 vaccines. The anti-poverty...

Business-seeking singer Akon draws political fire in Uganda

Apr. 13, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The American rap artist and singer Akon is drawing criticism from rights activists over his meetings with Uganda's president as he pursues the development of a futuristic city in the East African country. Akon is helping to rehabilitate longtime...

Summer symphony orchestra concert set to return in WVa

Apr. 13, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A popular summer symphony orchestra performance in West Virginia will return this year at a new location after it was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Sunday is set for June 6 at...

Former East Carolina music instructor leaves $5M gift

Apr. 12, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former East Carolina University music instructor who promised the school a $500,000 gift actually has left more than ten times that total, which boosts the number of scholarships the school of music can award, officials have announced. The...

Kanye agrees with Kim on joint custody in divorce response

Apr. 12, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West agrees with Kim Kardashian West that they should have joint custody of their four children and neither of them need spousal support, according to new divorce documents. West's attorneys filed his response Friday in Los Angeles Superior...

Luke Bryan tests positive for COVID, sidelined from 'Idol'

Apr. 12, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Bryan says he's tested positive for COVID-19, which sidelined him from the season's first live “American Idol” episode on ABC. Paula Abdul, an original judge on the talent show when it aired on Fox, was announced as Bryan's replacement for...

New this week: 'Big Shot,' 'Mare of Easttown' and 'Monday'

Apr. 12, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Sebastian Stan’s devoted followers are certainly getting a fair amount of him...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 18-24

Apr. 12, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 18-24: April 18: Actor Robert Hooks is 84. Actor Hayley Mills is 75. Actor James Woods is 74. Actor Dorothy Lyman (“Mama’s Family”) is 74. Actor Cindy Pickett (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) is 74. Keyboardist Walt...