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This combination photo shows, from left, songwriter Dean Dillon, singer Hank Williams, Jr., and singer Marty Stuart, who are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. (AP Photo)

Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart to join Country Hall of Fame

Aug. 12, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Announced by the Country Music Association on Wednesday, Williams, who often is referred to as Hank Jr. or the nickname Bocephus, will join his father, country...

Country singer Lindsay Ell poses Aug. 3, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The Canadian-born singer and guitarist used her own journey through grief and trauma to fill a full album called

Lindsay Ell confronts her trauma on vulnerable new album

Aug. 11, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Lindsay Ell lived alone with guilt and shame for years, but it took seeing herself in the story of another young girl to realize that she didn’t have to be defined by her trauma. While listening to teenagers talk about their experiences with sexual abuse at a...

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Aug. 16-22, Angela Bassett, from left, arrives at the 51st NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif., Sean Penn arrives at the Sean Penn J/P Haitian Relief Organization Gala on Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles, Andy Samberg arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Lee Ann Womack arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles, Demi Lovato arrives at the Billboard Music Awards on May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas, Kacey Musgraves attends the Chanel Nº5 In The Snow launch event on Dec. 10, 2019, in New York and Kristen Wiig arrives at the 9th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 16-22

Aug. 10, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 16-22 Aug. 16: Actor Gary Clarke (“Hondo,” ″The Virginian”) is 87. Actor Julie Newmar is 87. Actor-singer Ketty Lester (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 86. Actor Anita Gillette is 84. Country singer Billy Joe Shaver is 81. Actor...

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New this week: Luke Bryan, Jeff Foxworthy and 2 Seth Rogens

Aug. 3, 2020 4:05 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 —“American Pickle”: Seth Rogen plays dual roles in this film about a man from the 1920s who falls into a vat...

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Aug. 9-15, Juanes, from left, arrives at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala in his honor on Nov. 13, 2019, in Las Vegas, Justin Theroux attends the launch of New Tiffany and Co. Men's Collection on Oct. 11, 2019, in Los Angeles, Viola Davis attends the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Aug. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Viola Davis attends the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Aug. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Cara Delevingne attends the STX Films The State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future presentation during CinemaCon on March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas, Sebastian Stan attends the

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 9-15

Aug. 3, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 9-15. Aug. 9: Actor Cynthia Harris (“Mad About You,” “L.A. Law”) is 86. Jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette is 78. Comedian David Steinberg is 78. Actor Sam Elliott is 76. Singer Barbara Mason is 73. Actor Melanie Griffith is 63. Actor Amanda Bearse...

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Lucky No.7: Taylor Swift nabs 7th No.1 album with 'folklore'

Aug. 3, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — To no one's surprise, Taylor Swift's surprise album “folklore" is dominating the music charts. Swift's eighth album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 200 albums chart this week, marking the best first-week sales of the year and giving the pop star her seventh No. 1 title on the chart....

Hall-of-Fame country DJ Bill Mack dies of COVID-19 at age 88

Jul. 31, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Longtime country music disc jockey Bill Mack, whose “Blue” became a hit for LeAnn Rimes and won a 1996 Grammy Award for Country Music Song of the Year, died Friday at age 88, his son said. In a Facebook message, Mack’s son Billy Mack Smith said his father died...

FILE - Garth Brooks accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 53rd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 13, 2019. Brooks says he is pulling himself out of nominations for the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award, saying it's time for someone else to win the top prize. Brooks, who won the top prize last November, said during an online press conference on Wednesday that he doesn't want to be nominated in any upcoming years as well.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Garth Brooks doesn't want to win CMA entertainer award again

Jul. 29, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country superstar Garth Brooks says he is pulling himself out of nominations for the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award, saying it's time for someone else to win the top prize. Brooks, who won the top prize in November, said during an online press conference...

Burt Bacharach attends the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival Honors in Newport Beach, Calif. on April 23, 2016, left, and Daniel Tashian arrives at the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 14, 2018. The pair collaborated on a five-song EP titled “Blue Umbrella,” out on Friday. (AP Photo)

New collaboration has Burt Bacharach still working at 92

Jul. 29, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

Burt Bacharach has been working on an ending. Not that he's ready to call it quits on a career that began in the 1950s. Instead, the acclaimed composer is enjoying a burst of creativity at age 92, thanks to his new collaboration with Nashville singer-songwriter Daniel Tashian. On Friday they'll release a...

FILE - Shakira, left, and Jennifer Lopez perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in Miami Gardens, Fla. on  Feb. 2, 2020. Lopez and Shakira’s show-stopping Super Bowl halftime performance is nominated for four Emmy Awards. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pharrell, Beastie Boys, RZA, halftime show score Emmy nods

Jul. 28, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winners including Pharrell Williams, the Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor have a chance of winning their first-ever honors at the Emmy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s show-stopping halftime show performance also earned multiple nominations....