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AP’s top albums of 2019: Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, Anitta

Dec. 7, 2019 12:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu: 1. Ari Lennox, “Shea Butter Baby”: A message to the Grammy Awards, in the words of pop music philosopher Mariah Carey: “Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion.” Them is the Grammys, and...

Final album for slain rapper XXXTentacion drops in Miami

Dec. 6, 2019 10:49 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Celebrities including Diplo, Playboi Carti and PnB Rock paid tribute to slain Florida rapper XXXTentacion during the week of parties surrounding Art Basel Miami. Hundreds of fans gathered at a posthumous album release party Thursday night to be the first to hear XXXTentacion's Bad Vibes...

Billy Joel, Kardashians Diplo descend on Miami for Art Basel

Dec. 6, 2019 3:41 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As gallerists and collectors descend on Miami's most prestigious art fair by day, the Hollywood crowd knows it's all about the exclusive after parties. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell were in town while DJ Khaled and rappers Travis Scott and Gucci Mane held court late night....

Chamillionaire wants to add diversity to tech space

Dec. 5, 2019 5:19 PM EST

When Grammy award-winning rapper Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki began learning the ropes of venture capitalism in the tech space, he noticed something almost immediately— he wasn’t seeing many people who looked like him. When he began to fund ventures himself, the heads of startups...

Rapper T.I.’s remarks spark NY bill to end virginity tests

Dec. 4, 2019 3:22 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York could bar doctors from performing so-called virginity tests under legislation prompted by the rapper T.I.'s controversial claim that he has a gynecologist check his daughter's hymen annually. Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages said Tuesday the bill she submitted last month would...

Charges against Remy Ma in assault of castmate are dropped

Dec. 3, 2019 2:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan prosecutors have dropped their case against Remy Ma. The Grammy-nominated rapper was arrested in May on charges of punching her “Love & Hip Hop New York” castmate Brittney Taylor in the face at a New York City concert venue on April 16. The rapper's lawyer denied...

Drake is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the decade

Dec. 3, 2019 12:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Drake is the king of streaming: the rapper has been named Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the decade. Spotify announced Tuesday that Drake has been streamed 28 billion times in the last 10 years. Ed Sheeran came in second, while Post Malone, Ariana Grande and Eminem round out the...

Learn the secrets to a perfect dinner party from Questlove

Dec. 2, 2019 12:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a dinner party hosted by Questlove, be aware that nothing has been left to chance. The guest list has been carefully chosen, as have all the dishes. The music starts off with piano-heavy tunes and then builds as the evening goes on. The amount...

UNC to update policies following complaint of anti-Semitism

Nov. 26, 2019 3:05 PM EST

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has agreed to expand its anti-bias training and expressly forbid anti-Semitism in campus policies as part of an agreement with the U.S. Education Department following complaints about a March conference featuring a rapper accused of anti-Jewish bias. The university...

T.I. apologizes and says he was joking about ‘hymen’ comment

Nov. 25, 2019 2:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper T.I. says he was joking when he said he goes to the gynecologist with his daughter every year to make sure her hymen is "still intact." The performer, who received backlash when the comments went viral earlier this month, told Jada Pinkett-Smith on Monday’s episode of...